Renshaw Hopes Similarity Between California Speedway and Michigan International Speedway Holds True: While lady luck proved not to be riding with Deborah Renshaw at the Las Vegas Speedway last weekend, Renshaw is holding high hopes as the NASCAR...
Renshaw Hopes Similarity Between California Speedway and Michigan International Speedway Holds True: While lady luck proved not to be riding with Deborah Renshaw at the Las Vegas Speedway last weekend, Renshaw is holding high hopes as the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series continues their tour of the west coast at the California Speedway in Fontana. The second NCTS event that Renshaw competed in this season was at the two-mile Michigan International Raceway where she earned a 22nd place finish. With the series competing at the two-mile sister track this weekend in California, Renshaw hopes she can use the lessons learned at Michigan to improve on her NCTS career-best finish of 22nd position.
"Michigan was a good race for me and a fun track to race on," said Renshaw. "When I raced there in the truck it was the first time that I had competed on that track and this will be the first time for me at California. But I understand that they are very similar race tracks so I'm hoping that some of what I learned during the Michigan weekend will carry over to California this weekend. We have struggled through some events and had solid weekends at others so far this season. One of the biggest hurdles to overcome seems to be having to learn these race tracks for both qualifying and the race in two hours of practice. That is a pretty large challenge, but one that I am trying to gain experience at each week. That's why I think there is some advantage to competing at a track that holds very similar features to a track that we have already run on this season. Where most of the competitors in this series have been to all of these tracks numerous times, the rookie drivers, like me, must rely on similar tracks or practice time."
The K Automotive Motorsports team has competed at the two-mile California Speedway seven times earning three top ten finishes. But while the team has had solid runs here in the past, the 1999 season haunts them as the team watched the championship slip away in the final race of the year. Dennis Setzer was caught up in an wreck early in the event taking him to the third position in the season-ending points rather than to the head table at the awards banquet. But while this weekend's event does not hold a championship on the line, the K Automotive team is hoping to improve upon Renshaw's finish at Michigan and perhaps earn her a new NCTS career-best finish.
The American Racing Wheels 200 will be carried live on Speed Channel and will take the green flag at 10:00pm ET.