Renshaw Ready for Hometown Battle at Nashville Superspeedway: Of the 13 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series races that Deborah Renshaw will compete in during this 2004 season, there are few tracks where she has previous experience to draw from prior to...
Renshaw Ready for Hometown Battle at Nashville Superspeedway: Of the 13 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series races that Deborah Renshaw will compete in during this 2004 season, there are few tracks where she has previous experience to draw from prior to the first practice session in the No. 29 K Automotive Ford. Nashville Superspeedway is one of only two tracks in which Renshaw has raced on previously and certainly a race track which she considers her 'home track'.
Renshaw has competed at the 1.33-mile Nashville Superspeedway twice in her ARCA RE/MAX Series car, earning a top ten finish in her first start on the speedway. But Renshaw knows that running a NASCAR truck on the concrete will be a lot different from her ARCA car, but feels like the experience of running laps here previously will take some of the learning curve away, at least in terms of learning the line around the race track.
"I have to say that it feels really good to be heading to a race track that I have competed on before," said Renshaw. "I know there will be quite a difference between the ARCA car and the truck around this track, but it will not be a brand new track for me to learn in the two hour practice session. I was able to learn a lot about this track during my first ARCA race here because I was forced to start from the back of the pack and by the end of the race we were up to the seventh position. I feel pretty comfortable at Nashville and I'm just really excited about getting to race here in a truck with so many of my friends and family in the grandstands supporting me and the K Automotive race team."
Renshaw considers the Nashville area to be her home town in a racing sense as she grew up only 45 minutes north in Bowling Green, Kentucky and started her racing career at the short tracks in the Nashville area. Racing at the Highland Rim Speedway as well as the Fairgrounds Speedway in Nashville, Renshaw competed in the NASCAR Weekly Racing Series Late Model Stock car division. Renshaw made history during her Nashville career becoming the first female to ever hold the point's lead in a NASCAR-sanctioned racing series.
"The Nashville area is very much like home to me," said Renshaw. "I learned a lot racing in this area and met a lot of wonderful competitors and friends. I hope we can put on a good show for everyone Saturday night and bring home a solid finish."
The Toyota 200 will take the green flag at 5:00pm ET on Saturday, August 14 and can be seen Live on Speed Channel as well as heard Live on MRN Radio and XM Radio, Channel 144.