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2014 Fontana (California): Paul Menard NASCAR Sprint Cup Race Preview
Posted by: newsla on Mar 19, 2014 - 07:02 AM
2014 Fontana (California): Paul Menard NASCAR Sprint Cup Race Preview

This Week's Duracell/Menards Chevrolet at Auto Club Speedway ... Paul Menard will pilot chassis No. 461 in the Auto Club 400 at Auto Club Speedway. This No. 27 Chevrolet SS is new to the RCR fleet and will make its first laps this weekend at ACS.


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Menard to Date ... Menard is making his 260th-career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series start this Sunday. During that span, the native of Eau Claire, Wisc., has one victory, one pole, 11 top-five and 35 top-10 finishes while leading 272 circuits.

Fontana by the Numbers ... At the two-mile oval of Auto Club Speedway, Menard has 11 previous starts with one top-10 finish. His best start of 15th took place in 2011 and best finish of eighth took place in this race last year. His average start is 27th and average finish is 23.2 at the southern California oval. Menard has completed 2,441 of 2,479 laps attempted (98.5 percent) and led three laps.

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Race Rewind ... In this race last year at Auto Club Speedway, Menard started the No. 27 Chevrolet SS from 27th place and raced his way to an impressive eighth-place finish for his first top-10 at the track.

One Week Ago ... Last Sunday at Bristol Motor Speedway, Menard started 28th and finished 21st in the event twice delayed by rain. As a result, he currently sits 17th in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver points standings heading into the fifth race of the 2014 season.

What are your thoughts on racing at Auto Club Speedway?
"Auto Club Speedway is a track where you need to have a good motor package because of its size. The speeds we reach going into turn 3 seem to be creeping up there higher and higher, which puts more demand on our ECR Engines. With the way the bumps are, you need to put a good enough set-up in the car to either race through them or around them. It will be interesting to see what changes we need to make to keep up with the track's changes since the last time we've been there."

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