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2014 Atlanta: Paul Menard NASCAR Sprint Cup Race Preview
Posted by: newsla on Aug 27, 2014 - 06:11 AM
2014 Atlanta: Paul Menard NASCAR Sprint Cup Race Preview

This Week's Duracell/Menards Chevrolet at Atlanta Motor Speedway ... Paul Menard will pilot chassis No. 454 during the 325-lap event at Atlanta Motor Speedway. This No. 27 Chevrolet SS was utilized earlier this year at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Texas Motor Speedway, Charlotte Motor Speedway, Michigan International Speedway and Kentucky Speedway. The RCR driver has amassed two top-five finishes (Las Vegas, Michigan) and four top-10 finishes (Las Vegas, Texas, Charlotte and Michigan) with this chassis.


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Atlanta by the numbers ... The Eau Claire, Wisc. driver has 12 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts at the 1.5-mile track. His best start of 16th came in 2013 and best finish of fifth came in March of 2010. Menard has one top-five finish and three top-10 finishes at Atlanta Motor Speedway. He's completed 3,849 of 3,927 laps (98%) and led two laps.

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Season-to-date ... Through 24 Sprint Cup Series races of the 2014 season, Menard has completed 6,474 of 6,621 laps contested (97.8 percent), led 45 laps and is currently 15th in the driver point standings. In addition, the RCR driver has four top-five and 11 top-10 finishes this season.

Last time in Atlanta ... The No. 27 Chevrolet team started 16th in last year's 335-lap event at Atlanta Motor Speedway. An accident involving Menard in the early laps of the event resulted in a 24th-place finish.

Atlanta Motor Speedway is another big track which has some abrasion to the asphalt. I know you guys seem to like that a lot.
"Yeah, if you took a poll of all the drivers, the number one track to race at is going to be Atlanta for everyone's vote. It's abrasive, it wears out tires and we slide around the track. It's really fast for one lap, then it progressively gets worse from there. All of these factors make it really fun for drivers."

How do you manage tires at a place like Atlanta?
"You go all out, all the time. There's no conserving, so it's full out all the time. It's just a matter of what your car is doing and how to not make the tires angry. You still have to get all you can out of every corner."

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