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2014 Kentucky: Paul Menard NASCAR Sprint Cup Race Preview
Posted by: newsla on Jun 25, 2014 - 06:14 AM
2014 Kentucky: Paul Menard NASCAR Sprint Cup Race Preview

This Week's Quaker State/Menards Chevrolet at Kentucky Speedway ... This weekend in the Quaker State 400 at Kentucky Speedway, Paul Menard and the No. 27 Quaker State/Menards Chevrolet SS will race chassis No. 454. This Chevrolet SS produced one top-five and three top-10 finishes in 2014; Las Vegas Motor Speedway (third-place finish) Texas Motor Speedway (ninth-place finish) and Charlotte Motor Speedway (eighth-place finish).


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Menard at Kentucky ... In three NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts at Kentucky Speedway, Menard has an average starting position of 16.3 and an average finish of 22. Menard has completed 98.9 percent of the laps around the 1.5-mile oval. In addition, Menard has four NASCAR Nationwide Series starts.

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Season-to-date ... Through the first 16 Sprint Cup Series races of the 2014 season, Menard has completed 4,702 of 4,827 laps contested (97.4 percent), led 45 laps and is currently 12th in the driver point standings.

What's Your Point ... After finishing fifth at Sonoma Raceway, Menard moved up in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver championship point standings and sits 12th, only 11 markers out of 10th, heading into Kentucky this weekend.

Double Duty ... In addition to driving the No. 27 Quaker State / Menards Chevrolet SS in Saturday night's race, Menard will pilot the No. 33 Libman / Menards Chevrolet Camaro in the NASCAR Nationwide Series event on Friday night. This race is scheduled to air live on ESPN at 7:30 p.m. Eastern Time, along with the Performance Racing Network and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.

Test, Test ... Menard along with his Richard Childress Racing teammates Brian Scott, Ty Dillon and Brendan Gaughan, will be testing at Kentucky Speedway on Wednesday, June 25 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Eastern Time.

Looking Back ... Menard qualified 24th for last year's event in Kentucky and finished in 30th-place after fighting handling issues all day.

What are your thoughts on racing in Kentucky?
"It's definitely a unique track with the surface. It's one of the oldest surfaces we go to with the bumps that are characteristic of an old, worn-out track. It's real flat, very wide. The fact that it is so multi-grooved makes it a fun track. You can run the middle, years ago we ran by the fence, which has gone away a little bit, but you can run all over the place."

Do you avoid the bumps or do you have to make your car work over top of them?
"A lot of tracks you try to avoid them, but in Kentucky you can't really avoid them. They're everywhere and some are worse than others, so you just pick and choose where you need to run. Our shock packages are very important to absorb the brunt of the bumps and maintain some kind of platform. They're always there, so you just have to deal with them."

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