RENSHAW HAS TOUGH TRIP TO GATEWAY "Late Race Accident Hampers Drivers Run" MADISON, ILLINOIS (May 2, 2005) -- After a solid start to the season, Deborah Renshaw has had two straight disappointing races in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series. ...
RENSHAW HAS TOUGH TRIP TO GATEWAY
"Late Race Accident Hampers Drivers Run"
MADISON, ILLINOIS (May 2, 2005) -- After a solid start to the season, Deborah Renshaw has had two straight disappointing races in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series. The latest came on Saturday night where a late race accident left Renshaw with a 34th place finish in the running of the DODGE Ram Tough 200 at the Gateway International Raceway.
"Needless to say that was a tough night out there," stated Deborah. "We struggled from the beginning of the race with a tight race truck and ultimately that led to me pushing the limits and losing control of the truck off turn two. I thought I had it saved and then I hit that grass and I was along for the ride into the inside wall. That was a hard hit and unfortunately we hurt our truck pretty good and ended our night."
Deborah started the 200 mile event from the 30th position as a result of her qualifying effort earlier in the day on Saturday. The dropping of the green flag would see the Bowling Green, Kentucky native maintain her position until lap 15 when she would spin off turn two. Under green flag conditions, Deborah would bring her No. 8 Easy Care DODGE machine down pit road for four fresh tires and a chassis adjustment. She would return to action on the track and slowly begin to work her way as far through the field as she could given being down a few laps.
The midpoint of the 160 lap event saw Deborah in the 32nd position with her sights on salvaging the best possible finish. However, disaster struck on lap 104 when she spun once again off turn four while making a pass under another truck. This time the No. 8 DODGE spun in the grass and hard into the inside wall on the backstretch. The heavy damage to the front of the truck ended the night for Renshaw and her BHR2 team.
"These are the type of races that I need to learn from as a young driver in this series," said Renshaw. "We had a decent truck early in the practice session today and then we just got dialed out. From there I just really struggled with the handling during the race and I think that forced me to make some moves that I normally would not -- and we ended up with a wrecked truck. My guys on this team bust their tails on giving me great trucks each week and we support each other through the high and the lows. All we can do is put this behind us and move on to the next race and put up a solid run."
The 34th place finish kept Renshaw in the 27th position in the overall driver standings and 29th in the precious owners standings.
Deborah and her team will have a week off to recover before they head to the Mansfield Motorsports Speedway for the running of the UAW/GM 250 on May 15th.