Renshaw 25th In Atlanta Debut Driver And New Team Continue Growth HAMPTON, GEORGIA (March 21, 2005) -- Deborah Renshaw continues the growth process in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series and with her new BHR2 team. Another chapter in this...
Renshaw 25th In Atlanta Debut
Driver And New Team Continue Growth
HAMPTON, GEORGIA (March 21, 2005) -- Deborah Renshaw continues the growth process in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series and with her new BHR2 team. Another chapter in this growth saw the Bowling Green, Kentucky native safely pilot her No. 8 Easy Care DODGE to a 25th place finish in the running of the World Financial Group 200 at the Atlanta Motor Speedway.
"Although not an overly impressive performance for us -- it is important in what we are doing to finish these races," stated Deborah. "This was my first time racing in Atlanta and we just really never got totally comfortable. We managed to keep our nose clean and bring our truck home without a scratch on it. We got down a lap early in the race and we were never able to get it back and that made it tough to work your way up through the field. We got better as the race went on but it was a little too late."
Renshaw started the 130 lap event from the 31st position as a result of her qualifying effort earlier on Friday. Once the green flag flew, Deborah settled into a groove and hovered around the 30th spot for the first 30 laps. After coming down pit road for four fresh tires and fuel under caution on lap 41, the No. 8 Easy Care DODGE would restart in the 25th position on lap 44. Deborah would go on to maintain that 25th position throughout the remainder of the race until the checkered flag flew.
The 25th place finish moved Renshaw up one spot in the overall driver's standings to the 26th spot.
"I will look at this race as a test session and hopefully it will help us when we come back here towards the end of the season," said Renshaw. "This point's deal is really important as well and we were able to gain a spot here and strengthen our grip on a top 30 position. We are next off to Martinsville which is where I have my career best finish in the Craftsman Truck Series and I look forward to a strong run there. In the meantime, we will continue to grow all aspects of this program and become more competitive each week."