Martinsville Renfrow Make Most of Chance

Renfrow makes most of chance By Shawn A. Akers MARTINSVILLE, Va. (Sept. 26, 1998) Saturday was a day when Randy Renfrow had nothing to lose and everything to gain. And Renfrow gained quite a bit. Driving the No. 61 IWX Motor Freight...

Renfrow makes most of chance By Shawn A. Akers

MARTINSVILLE, Va. (Sept. 26, 1998) Saturday was a day when Randy Renfrow had nothing to lose and everything to gain. And Renfrow gained quite a bit.

Driving the No. 61 IWX Motor Freight Chevrolet for the first and what could be the only time, Renfrow recorded his first top-10 finish of the 1998 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series season, finishing ninth in the NAPA 250 at Martinsville Speedway.

Trying to make a name for himself in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series, Renfrow had made eight previous series starts in two different trucks, most of which came in the No. 78 MCI Dodge, but never finished higher than 18th.

"I'm tickled to death with that run," Renfrow said. "The truck was good at the beginning of the runs and it just got better and better...that's why we stayed out so long at the beginning."

Renfrow even earned $2,000 for winning the Gatorade Front Runner Award, a prize given to the leader of the race at the halfway mark.

Renfrow came all the way from the 22nd position to gain the top-10 finish -- the best finish of his career, in fact. But it wasn't without its harrowing moments.

"During the second half, someone was losing oil or grease or something," Renfrow said. "I went 40 laps where I couldn't see the curb or make out the truck in front of me. Once we got the windshield cleaned up, we got back up there and I'm proud that is my best truck series finish. I would like to have that 40 laps back when I could see."

Xpress Motorsports owner Steve Coulter announced earlier this weekend that the team would decide on a race-to-race basis whether to run any more events. There are four races left in the 1998 campaign.

Coulter will take his team and the sponsorship -- he owns IWX Motor Freight -- to the NASCAR Busch Series Grand National Division next season for a limited schedule.

      The team recently parted ways with regular driver Randy Tolsma, who
drove the No. 84 Porter-Cable Tools Ford and finished 14th on Saturday.   

Source: NASCAR Online

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Randy Tolsma