RENSHAW CONTINUES MOMENTUM IN TEXAS "Driver Rides Wave Of Improvement" FORT WORTH, TX (June 13, 2005) -- Deborah Renshaw came into the big state of Texas riding a wave of momentum after a career best run one week earlier. She continued that...
RENSHAW CONTINUES MOMENTUM IN TEXAS
"Driver Rides Wave Of Improvement"
FORT WORTH, TX (June 13, 2005) -- Deborah Renshaw came into the big state of Texas riding a wave of momentum after a career best run one week earlier. She continued that momentum with a career best qualifying effort and a solid 18th place finish on Friday night in the running of the Chex 400K at the Texas Motor Speedway.
"We needed to come here and get another solid run and we did just that," said Renshaw. "Our No. 8 EasyCare DODGE was strong all weekend and again I got acclimated to the track. The chemistry with me and this team is progressing nicely and it is showing with our results on the track. Also, my personal confidence is growing with each race and I am getting more comfortable with racing in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series."
Renshaw started the weekend off just like she ended last week's career high finish; this time around with an impressive career best qualifying effort of ninth -- the best qualifying effort by a female in the series since the 1997 season.
"I have always had a hard time getting into the qualifying mode but this week I think I hit on something," stated Deborah. "It sure does make things a little easier on the drop of the green flag when you are starting up front as track position is so important in these races."
The drop of the green flag on Friday evening saw Deborah fall back a few positions as she demonstrated patience in the early stages of the 167 lap event. The Bowling Green, Kentucky native would settle into the 15th position and ride there for the first quarter of the race. Her first trip down pit road under caution on lap 31 provided for four tires, fuel and a track bar adjustment on her No. 8 DODGE machine. Back to green flag racing, Deborah would maintain her same position on the track and gain some valuable racing experience on the 1.5-mile track.
Another trip down pit road on lap 75 allowed for tires, fuel and one more track bar adjustment to adjust for a "tight off the corners" condition on the No. 8 DODGE. The adjustment helped and allowed Deborah to run as high as 12th in the second half of the event. A long green flag run to end the race saw Renshaw come down pit road on lap 139 for the first time in her career under green flag conditions. This was yet another part of the learning process for the sophomore driver as she continues her maturation in the Craftsman Truck Series. In the end, Deborah would come home with her second solid finish in a row and her third top-20 finish of the season.
"I am having the most fun of my racing career right now," stated Renshaw. "This BHR2 team is giving me a strong truck each week and I am getting comfortable with racing these trucks more and more each time out. I think we had a little better truck than our finish indicated tonight but in the big picture of things it was important for me to come back after last week and have another solid run. I am looking forward to this busy stretch of the season we have in front of us and keeping this momentum going that we have right now."
The 18th place finish kept Deborah positioned in the 28th spot of the overall driver's standings- this despite running one less race than most of her fellow competitors.
Deborah will head to the "irish hills" of Michigan this coming week as she looks to continue her impressive momentum at the Michigan Speedway for the running of the Paramount Health Insurance 200 on Saturday afternoon.