F1, Formula 1, NASCAR, IndyCar, MotoGP, ALMS, And More!

Oct 02, 2012 - 03:41 PM
Top News!
Rumors Edition!
Upcoming Racing!

Top Stories
· It's Official! 2013 IndyCar Schedule - 19 Races! (Sep 30, 2012)
· 2012 Dover II: NASCAR Sprint Cup Race Results - Keselowski, Dodge Win! (Sep 30, 2012)
· 2012 Aragon GP: MotoGP Race Results - Pedrosa narrows championship gap (Sep 30, 2012)
· 2012 Dover II: NASCAR Sprint Cup Starting Line-up & Race Preview (Sep 30, 2012)
· 2012 Las Vegas: NASCAR Truck Race Results - Piquet Jr, Chevrolet Win! (Sep 30, 2012)

Previous Top Stories!

Hot Rumors!
· F1: Perez Was Plan 'B' ??? (Oct 2, 2012)
· F1: Schumacher Retiring Again ??? (Sep 28, 2012)
· F1: Mercedes Hints About Hamilton ??? (Sep 27, 2012)
· F1: Ferrari Keeping Massa ??? (Sep 27, 2012)
· F1: France, Thailand Potential Grand Prix ??? (Sep 27, 2012)
More Rumors!

2012 Talladega II: Paul Menard NASCAR Sprint Cup Race Preview
Posted by: newsla on Oct 02, 2012 - 03:31 PM
2012 Talladega II: Paul Menard NASCAR Sprint Cup Race Preview

This Week's CertainTeed/Menards Chevrolet at Dover International Speedway ... Paul Menard will pilot Chassis No. 388 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stable in this weekend's Good Sam Road Assistance 500. This Chevrolet was last raced at Daytona International Speedway in July, where he started 13th and finished 14th. It was also utilized earlier this season at Talladega Superspeedway (May) where Menard finished 17th and in the 2012 Daytona 500 where he drove it to a sixth-place finish.


Bookmark and Share
Talladega Days ... In 12 starts at Talladega Superspeedway, Menard has earned one top-five and six top-15 finishes, completed 81.7 percent of his laps (1,865 of 2,283) and led for 28 circuits. He has an average starting position of 20.1 and an average finishing position of 22.1. His best finish of second was recorded in his October 2008 visit to the 2.66-mile race track. Menard recorded his best start of fifth on two occasions: October 2008 and April 2011. He also earned one pole award (April 2005) in the NASCAR Nationwide Series and one win (September 2003) in the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards.

By the Numbers in 2012 ... With 29 points-paying events of the 2012 season complete, Menard sits 16th in the Sprint Cup Series driver championship point standings on the merit of seven top-10 and 17 top-15 finishes. In his sophomore season with RCR, Menard has an average starting position of 16.1, an average finishing position of 15.2, maintains an Average Running Position of 17.279 and has completed 99.7 percent of his laps (8,205 of 8,231), the fourth-best of all drivers.

Meet Menard at Miamisburg, Ohio Grand Opening ... Menard is scheduled to meet with fans and sign autographs at the Menards Grand Opening in Miamisburg, Ohio on Tuesday, Oct. 2, from 6-8 p.m. Eastern Time. The home improvement store is located at 8480 Springboro Pike.

Race Rewind ... Menard lined up in the seventh position to start the 2011 Good Sam Club 500 and was running in the top 10 in the closing laps at Talladega Superspeedway. A late-race restart left the field scrambled and the in the No. 27 Serta/Menards Chevrolet crossed the finish in 12th.

About CertainTeed ... CertainTeed Corporation is a leading North American manufacturer of building materials including roofing, vinyl and fiber cement siding, trim, fence, railing, decking, foundations, insulation, gypsum, ceilings and pipe products. Headquartered in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, CertainTeed has approximately 7,000 employees and 70 facilities throughout the United States and Canada. CertainTeed is a subsidiary of Saint-Gobain, one of the top 100 industrial companies in the world. Saint-Gobain's North American companies operate nearly 200 manufacturing facilities in industries as diverse as industrial ceramics and containers, reinforcements and flat glass, abrasives and building materials. For more information, please visit www.certainteed.com.

In the Rearview Mirror: Dover International Speedway ... Menard and the No. 27 CertainTeed/Menards Chevrolet team battled handling challenges and bad luck on Sunday afternoon en route to a 22nd-place finish at Dover International Speedway.

Your best finish at Talladega Superspeedway is second. Tell us about the 2.66-mile superspeedway.
"When we go to Talladega (Superspeedway), it is really anyone's game. We've qualified better there the last couple of races. I think the guys at ECR (Engines) are building even better motors for us. The cars have been good, too. It's just a matter of dodging the wrecks and finishing the races."

How good of a drafter to you think you are? How much do you learn each time you go to Talladega Superspeedway?
"The drafting at the superspeedways is not what it used to be. It's really hard to pass now. It's more about managing your temperatures so you can make a run at the end. It doesn't really matter how good of a drafter you are now; you're very limited to what you can do."

Do the Chevrolets still have a disadvantage due to the cooling issues or has that been resolved?
"I never really felt that we had a disadvantage. I think the Fords might have had an advantage as far as cooling goes. I think we are right on par with everyone else. As far as horsepower, we are right there with everyone."

Is there a difference racing at Talladega Superspeedway in May compared to racing there in the fall?
"No, there is no difference. The cars handle the same and you run wide open (at Talladega Superspeedway). It all comes down to managing your temperatures. It might be a little cooler in October, but I doubt it."

Is racing at the superspeedways frustrating because they're not driver's tracks?
"I'm not a big fan of restrictor-plate racing. It's a manipulated type of racing where you can't just go out and race. It makes it very frustrating."

PaddockTalk Perspective

Also in NASCAR News:

Related links
· NASCAR Photos at PTalkPhoto
· NASCAR Edition
· Top PaddockTalk News!
· NASCAR Rumors
· More about NASCAR News

Home :: PaddockTalk Forums :: PTalkPhoto :: Calendar 

All logos and trademarks in this site are property of their respective owner.
The comments are property of their posters, all the rest (c) 2003-2010 by PaddockTalk.com.
Contact E-mail: [email protected]