Nashville, Tenn. (July 3, 2007) - Deborah Renshaw announced on Saturday
that she would be returning to the racing world at Nashville,
Tennessee’s Music City Motorplex in a car fielded by Hooked Up
Motorsports and Late Model driver, Andy Johnson. In Renshaw’s Late
Model debut behind the wheel of the No. 112 AskPatty.com Chevrolet on
Saturday night, the Bowling Green, Kentucky-native qualified on the
outside pole and finished second in the 18-car field.
After nearly a five-year absence from Late Model racing, Renshaw narrowly missed becoming the first woman to win a premier-division race in Music City Motorplex’s 50 year history. Renshaw finished just a half-car length behind race winner, Mark Day, in a final heated battle to the checkered flag.
“She raced me hard but she raced me clean,” said Day following the race. “She did a great job. She’s obviously improved a lot over the years,” he said.
Day started on the pole position for the race with Renshaw to his outside. Renshaw fell to fourth before making a charge toward the front in the closing laps. On the final lap, Renshaw pulled door-to-door with Day, but couldn’t make the pass for position, settling for second in her debut back at the Music City Motorplex.
"Mark (Day) and I have a bit of history but I consider him one of the best drivers ever to race here and it was exciting to come that close to beating him," said Renshaw following the race. “I wanted to be careful and not take him out. I don't want to win like that. I'll have more chances to get one,” she said.
"It's great to be back," said Renshaw, who plans to run six more Late Model races this season. "It's an honor to come back and race against these great teams." In addition, Renshaw and the Hooked Up Motorsports team plan to race in the United Auto Racing Association (UARA) event at Bristol Motor Speedway on July 28th, 2007.
“I’m thankful to everyone who has helped get me back behind the wheel,” said Renshaw. “It’s great people like Andy Johnson and the Hooked Up Motorsports team and great sponsors like AskPatty.com that have made it possible for me to return to racing. Hopefully we can secure more sponsorship and ultimately get back to racing in either the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series or NASCAR Busch Series.”
For more information on Deborah Renshaw, please visit www.deborahrenshaw.com, www.askpatty.com or for sponsorship opportunities, please contact Brent Bushu of Integrity Sports Marketing, LLC at (704) 947-2300.