After a 650-mile treck, the team unloaded the hauler on Saturday morning and participated in the first of two practice sessions. Early on, while still on old tires, the team topped the leader board for practice speeds. During the second session, the team struggled to find balance in the car on new rubber.
After making a shock and spring change – along with some chassis adjustments – the team headed out for qualifying. Turning her fastest lap of the day, Renee’s time put her 19th in the 37-car field.
“After the last practice session, we were happy we qualified that well,” said Renee.
After time trails, Renee participated in a local TV station interview and conducted two additional interviews for websites (links will appear when available). On Sunday morning, she also took part in an autograph session staged on Martinsville’s front stretch.
The 200-lap race – which will be televised on SPEED at a date yet to be announced – started at 1 PM on Sunday afternoon.
“I haven’t been to Martinsville in a several years and they told me that the checking at the start was brutal – and to take a conservative approach.”
Just seven laps in, the No. 14 car dove under Renee in turn three and made heavy contact with her left front – breaking the steering rack upon impact.