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2014 Michigan: Paul Menard NASCAR Sprint Cup Race Preview
Posted by: newsla on Jun 11, 2014 - 06:13 AM
2014 Michigan: Paul Menard NASCAR Sprint Cup Race Preview

This Week's Pittsburgh Paints/Menards Chevrolet at Michigan International Speedway ... Paul Menard will pilot chassis No. 454 in the 400-mile event at Michigan International Speedway. This No. 27 Chevrolet SS was previously raced this year at Las Vegas Motor Speedway and Charlotte Motor Speedway where Menard finished in the third and eighth positions, respectively.


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Michigan by the numbers ... Menard has 15 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts at Michigan International Speedway. His best start of fourth came in 2013 and best finish of fourth occurred in 2011 and 2013. The Wisconsin native has completed 2,964 of 3,010 laps attempted (98.5 percent) at the two-mile track.

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Double Duty ... In addition to driving the No. 27 Pittsburgh Paints / Menards Chevrolet SS in Sunday afternoon's race, Menard will pilot the No. 33 NIBCO / Menards Chevrolet Camaro in the NASCAR Nationwide Series event on Saturday afternoon. That race is scheduled to air live on ESPN at 1:30 p.m. Eastern Time, along with the Motor Racing Network and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.

Season-to-date ... Through the first 14 Sprint Cup Series races of the 2014 season, Menard has completed 4,392 of 4,517 laps contested (97.2 percent), led 45 laps and is currently 17th in the driver point standings.

Looking Back ... In last year's 200-lap race, Menard started the No. 27 Chevrolet from the fourth position and was relegated to a 14th-place finish after being caught on pit road when the caution came out during green-flag pit stops.

What do you think Michigan will be like after the surface has aged another year?
"Before they repaved, you could run all over the place. Then they paved it and the racing groove got narrow. We had maybe two car widths on the bottom. Last year got better and this year I foresee getting better again. I know they had a tire test up there. Our teammate, Ryan Newman, participated in it, but I'm not sure what kind of tire we will actually be using. Hopefully it has a little give to it so we can move around. I definitely see us breaking a track record again. We've broken the track record pretty much every where we've gone with these new rules and car so I can see that happening again."

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