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2014 Talladega: Paul Menard NASCAR Sprint Cup Race Preview
Posted by: newsla on Apr 30, 2014 - 06:40 AM
2014 Talladega: Paul Menard NASCAR Sprint Cup Race Preview

This Week's Richmond/Menards Chevrolet at Talladega Superspeedway ... Paul Menard will pilot chassis No. 445 in the Aaron's 499 at Talladega Superspeedway. This No. 27 Chevrolet SS was utilized in this year's Daytona 500 when the primary car was wrecked in practice. After starting in the back, Menard led 29 laps before getting caught up in a wreck and finishing 32nd.


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Menard Career Info ... Paul Menard is making his 265th-career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series start this Sunday. During that span, the native of Eau Claire, Wisc. has one victory, one pole award, 11 top-five, 38 top-10 finishes and led 272 circuits.

To Date in 2014...Through the first nine races of the 2014 season, Menard has completed 2,978 of 3,702 laps contested (96 percent), led 35 circuits and is currently 18th in driver points standings.

Most Previous Race ... Menard started ninth and finished 24th last Saturday night at Richmond International Raceway

Look back at 'Dega... In 15 previous starts at the 2.66-mile superspeedway, Menard has two top-five finishes to his credit. His best start of fifth took place twice at the Alabama track, fall 2008 and spring 2011. His best finish of second took place in spring 2008. Through the last seven races at Talladega, Menard has earned one top-five and four top-15 finishes. Through the 15 starts, he's completed 2,429 of 2,552 laps contested (85.2 percent) and led 29 laps.

This race last year... Menard started the No. 27 Menards Chevrolet in 16th place position and took the checkered flag in 26th place.

Come say "Hi Paul"... Paul Menard will be at the Team Chevy Stage on the Talladega Midway for a Q&A with fans on Saturday, May 3 from 11 to 11:15 a.m. CT

What are you thoughts on racing at Talladega Superspeedway?
"I like the plate races and we've had some measurable success at Talladega and Daytona. We're taking the same car we ran up front with in the Daytona 500, so we know how it handles from an aerodynamic standpoint. The toughest about restrictor-plate racing is you can have a great car, set up and engine package. But, your finish can be determined by something that is totally not of your doing. I look forward to the fast racing and we'll give it our all to do well."

How do you think the new qualifying format will work at Talladega?
"It's going to be interesting to see how this goes at a plate track. I don't think you'll see large packs of cars during qualifying, but you will see some with four, five and six cars trying to draft for a good qualifying position."

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