Renshaw Perseveres for Solid Finish in Vegas Las Vegas, NV (September 27, 2005) --Although she fought handling issues throughout the entire race, Deborah Renshaw persevered and brought the No. 8 Heritage Dodge home to a solid 25th place finish...
Renshaw Perseveres for Solid Finish in Vegas
Las Vegas, NV (September 27, 2005) --Although she fought handling issues throughout the entire race, Deborah Renshaw persevered and brought the No. 8 Heritage Dodge home to a solid 25th place finish in the Las Vegas 350 Saturday night at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway after starting in the 33rd position on the grid. The one-day event was the 20th race of the 25-event 2005 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series season.
Renshaw and her BHR2 team knew they had an uphill battle ahead of them when they unloaded and took to the 1.5-mile track for the first practice session Saturday morning. Despite giving the Shawn Parker-led crew good feedback on how her Dodge Ram was reacting to changes on the track, the truck just didn't respond as the team had expected.
"We struggled out of the box this weekend," Deborah Renshaw said. "We really didn't have a good practice session and that carried over into qualifying. Our times weren't nearly where I had hoped they would be. The BHR2 guys worked on freeing up the truck while my spotter gave me pointers on getting into the apex of the corner smoother and with more speed. Unfortunately we were so loose during qualifying - I didn't have nearly the qualifying time I had hoped to run."
Handling issues continued to plague the team during the race when Renshaw reported to the crew that she was "really loose" early in the event. The loose conditions made it difficult for Renshaw to maintain consistent race times.
The crew made several adjustments to the truck as the 146-lap event progressed, slowly giving Renshaw the ability to turn stable lap times late in the race. The efforts paid off for the team in netting a solid finish.
"This is not the way we had in mind for our run in Las Vegas," Renshaw said. "I had originally felt a vibration in the truck from a broken tailpipe that may have occurred when we all checked up for the accident on lap two. I am so happy that I missed that one -- it was really close. After that I couldn't get a rhythm and the truck was really loose. We fell a few laps downs and weren't able to make them back. I just hate it for these guys they work so hard but we learned a lot on Saturday and that is invaluable information carrying forward. We'll take the finish and head to Martinsville in October."
The NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series is off until Friday, October 2lst when the NCTS returns to Martinsville Speedway for the running of the O'Reilly 200. Practice and qualifying will be held on Friday with the race scheduled to start at 1:15 pm EDT on Saturday, October 22, 2005. The event will be live broadcast on the SPEED Channel will begin at 1pm EDT and can be heard on MRN Radio, their affiliates and XM Satellite Radio.
For more information on Deborah Renshaw and the No. 8 BHR2 Heritage team, log on to www.deborahrenshaw.com.