Loudon, NH (September 19, 2004) -- Deborah Renshaw tied her career-best finish to date in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Saturday afternoon on her first trip to the New Hampshire International Speedway. Renshaw struggled with a loose truck ...
Loudon, NH (September 19, 2004) -- Deborah Renshaw tied her career-best finish to date in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Saturday afternoon on her first trip to the New Hampshire International Speedway. Renshaw struggled with a loose truck during Friday afternoon's qualifying session and had to start the Sylvania 200 from the 35th position. But after a solid run, Renshaw would take the checkered flag for the No. 29 Motion Dealers/API Ford in the 22nd position. Prior to Saturday's event, Renshaw's previous career-best finish had come in July at the Michigan International Raceway.
After a near four-hour delay of the start of the Sylvania 200 due to heavy rain, the field was able to take the green flag, after 36 laps of running the green and yellow simultaneously. With the race track having no rubber down due to the rain showers, Renshaw was forced to fight a tight condition early before the team's first pit stop. Crew chief, Bob Keselowski, adjusted tire pressure along with the track bar to help loosen the truck. The adjustments proved successful as Renshaw was able to race as high as the 17th position. But while running 17th Renshaw was tapped from behind by another truck forcing her up into the loose rubber at the top of the track causing her to lose nearly ten positions. As the race progressed Renshaw learned that the flat, one-mile oval can be tough on brakes. As the race reached the halfway point, Renshaw was experiencing a 'spongy' brake pedal.
"Our truck was just awesome all night," said Renshaw. "We fought a tight condition early in the race, but Bob (Keselowski) really made some great calls on tire pressure and wedge adjustment to free the truck up in the corners. The only thing that seemed to slow me down throughout the event was that the brakes were getting hot as we ran more green flag laps. I was pushing the pedal to the floor and having to pump them up on the straight-aways. This was a great confidence-building night for me and I have to say that I really had a lot of fun learning this race track. Overall this was a pretty strange race day with the rain all morning and not thinking we were even going to race and then all of the sudden we had to jump in the trucks and go. There at the end of the race we were really fighting the daylight, but I'm glad we got the race in and I'm really happy with the finish here. This will give us more momentum heading into the west coast swing at Las Vegas and California."
The next stop for the NCTS is the 1.5-mile Las Vegas Motor Speedway. The race will take the green flag at 6:00pm on Saturday, September 25.