RENSHAW CAUGHT IN RICHMOND SPIN CYCLE "Driver Hits Hard Times In Short Track Battle" RICHMOND, VA (September 10, 2005) -- For the second year in a row, Richmond International Raceway was not kind to Deborah Renshaw. A frustrating night ended...
RENSHAW CAUGHT IN RICHMOND SPIN CYCLE
"Driver Hits Hard Times In Short Track Battle"
RICHMOND, VA (September 10, 2005) -- For the second year in a row, Richmond International Raceway was not kind to Deborah Renshaw. A frustrating night ended with a disappointing 35th place finish for Renshaw and her No. 8 Heritage DODGE in the running of the Cheerios Betty Crocker 200.
"Boy, what a tough night we had out there," said Renshaw. "We struggled here last year and I was really hoping we would come back this year with a solid run. I just never got comfortable with the truck at any point all day and then we got caught up in some early trouble and that made for a long night. I think we would have been OK there but we had another truck spin us out early in the race and we just never recovered from that."
Deborah and her BHR2 team chased the handling on their No. 8 DODGE in the days two practice sessions and they felt good with their truck in race trim. Although they qualified in the 35th position there were high hopes entering the 200 lap event under the lights. Once the green flag flew it didn't take long for disaster to hit Deborah and her team. On lap10 while passing a slower truck on the outside, the fellow competitor clipped the left rear of the No. 8 DODGE and sent it spinning into the outside wall. The impact resulted in heavy damage which made things extremely tough for Deborah.
New crew chief, Shawn Parker, led the No. 8 BHR2 crew in fixing the truck during quick pit stops under yellow flag conditions and Deborah managed to stay on the lead lap most of the night with the help of the "lucky dog" award on two occasions. Disaster would strike once again on lap150 when the No. 8 DODGE broke loose in traffic resulting in another hard impact with the outside retaining wall. This impact would put the No. 8 DODGE behind the wall and eventually end the night for Renshaw and her BHR2 team. The result of a frustrating evening was a 35th place finish.
"This is one of those races that you just want to forget about," said Deborah. "For some reason this track here at Richmond has not been kind to me and needless to say I am happy to get out of here and head to New Hampshire next week. I hate it for the guys on this team as they worked hard all day and all we got to show for it is a horrible finish and a tore up race truck."