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2014 Michigan II: Paul Menard NASCAR Sprint Cup Race Preview
Posted by: newsla on Aug 13, 2014 - 06:21 AM
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2014 Michigan II: Paul Menard NASCAR Sprint Cup Race Preview


This Week's CertainTeed/Menards Chevrolet at Michigan International Speedway ... Paul Menard will pilot chassis No. 480 in the Pure Michigan 400 at Michigan International Speedway. This No. 27 Chevrolet SS was utilized earlier this year at Indianapolis Motor Speedway where the Richard Childress Racing team started 29th and finished in the 34th position due to an on-track incident.

 

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Michigan by the numbers ... Menard has 16 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts at Michigan International Speedway. His best start of fourth came in 2013 and best finishes of fourth were in 2011, 2013 and 2014. The Wisconsin native has completed 3,164 of 3,210 laps attempted (98.6 percent) at the two-mile track.

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 6,000 employees and 65 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 employs approximately 19,000 people in North America and approximately 109,000 people in 64 countries world-wide. Saint-Gobain's North American companies operate 130 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.

Season-to-date ... Through 22 Sprint Cup Series races of the 2014 season, Menard has completed 5,774 of 5,921 laps contested (97.5 percent), led 45 laps and is currently 18th in the driver point standings.

Looking Back ... The RCR driver scored his second-career NASCAR Nationwide Series victory during the No. 33 Chevy team's last visit to the two-mile track in June. Menard also started in the fifth position during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event earlier this year at MIS. The No. 27 Chevy team raced in the top 20 during and through a series of pit stops and strategic calls, finished in the fourth position.

PAUL MENARD QUOTES:
Michigan is a big, wide-open track with a repave that has kind of changed the animal there, right?
"We had a good run in June at Michigan. The track is widening out for sure. The first couple of races after the repave were treacherous and now the groove is widening so you can make your car do different things as the run goes on."

Do you get much of a sensation of speed there or is it all sort of relative?
"Not as much as some of the other tracks, but it's definitely the fastest track we go to. You don't really get that sensation because the track is so wide and smooth. The cars handle really well around the track with all the aero, so there are some tracks where we get a bigger sensation. The biggest thing you realize is when you look up in to the stands and see how fast the catchfence goes by, then you understand just how fast you're going."


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