RENSHAW SOLID OUT WEST WITH TOP 20 FINISH "Confidence Builds For Driver And Team" FONTANA, CA (February 27, 2005) - The excitement level can be heard in the voice of NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series driver Deborah Renshaw when she discusses her...
RENSHAW SOLID OUT WEST WITH TOP 20 FINISH
"Confidence Builds For Driver And Team"
FONTANA, CA (February 27, 2005) - The excitement level can be heard in the voice of NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series driver Deborah Renshaw when she discusses her new team this season. The same can be said when hearing her crew discuss the potential of their driver. This excitement in the BHR2 team grew even more with Deborah's latest performance on Friday night where she piloted her No. 8 Easy Care DODGE to a 20th place finish in the running of the American Racing Wheels 200 at the California Speedway.
"That was just a blast out there tonight," said Renshaw. "My crew continues to be impressive as they provided me with another strong truck. Our Easy Care DODGE was strong right from the drop of the green flag and we did our best out there. You always want to do better than what you actually do but it is nice to get a solid run in after having some bad luck last week at Daytona. "
Renshaw started the 100 lap event from the 29th position as a result of her qualifying effort on Friday morning. The trucks were then impounded until the start of the race later in the evening. At the drop of the green flag, Deborah charged forth and climbed up inside the top 25. The No. 8 truck came down pit road for the first time on lap 45 for four tires and fuel. Renshaw returned to the track in the 16th spot and would remain in the top 20 the remainder of the evening.
On lap 55, while making a pass on the inside of another truck, Renshaw would lose control of her Easy Care DODGE and spin coming off turn two. She was able to maintain control and keep the truck off the wall with the result being no damage. She would come down pit road under the subsequent caution for the second and final time of the race.
"The truck just came around on me as I was making the pass on the inside of another truck," stated Deborah. "I just floored it and was able to drive out of the spin. I think I learned a little about the air around these trucks and what it will do when you are on the inside of someone like I was."
Renshaw return to the track and green flag racing inside the top 20 and would run as high as eighth in the late stages of the event. In the end, the Bowling Green, Kentucky native would safely bring home her No. 8 Easy Care DODGE to a 20th place finish.
"My excitement level continues to grow with each time out with this team," stated Deborah. "This is the best situation I have ever been in before and I am having the most fun of my career. I learned a lot out there tonight when I ran up front with a lot of those guys. I hope I earned a little more respect and trust from them as well. One of our goals this year is to complete every lap of the race and bring the truck home in one piece - we accomplished both of those tonight."