Atlanta II: Paul Menard preview

Menards Racing Looking for a Second Top-10 at Atlanta Motor Speedway MOORESVILLE, N.C. (Oct. 23, 2008) -- Atlanta Motor Speedway is the site of Paul Menard's first top-10 finish in NASCAR Sprint Cup competition. Menard returns to the 1.5-mile...

Menards Racing Looking for a Second Top-10 at Atlanta Motor Speedway

MOORESVILLE, N.C. (Oct. 23, 2008) -- Atlanta Motor Speedway is the site of Paul Menard's first top-10 finish in NASCAR Sprint Cup competition. Menard returns to the 1.5-mile oval track with his Dale Earnhardt Inc. backed team in support of his quest for a second top-10 in Sunday's Pep Boys Auto 500.

"You have a lot of options as a driver at Atlanta," Menard said. "Depending on how your car is handling you can move all over the track to change how it handles. Options are always good and we'll definitely have some this weekend!"

Menard's appreciation for the track began when he made his first start there in March of 2006. After turning in an impressive 22nd place qualifying effort, Menard rallied to a seventh place finish in the event.

"DEI historically has been pretty proactive in their setups," Menard said of the team's intermediate track knowledge. "Over the past few seasons with the old style car, the coil bind setup had been huge for maintaining down force at these fast tracks and DEI had spent a lot of energy developing it.

"With the new car, that's gone away some so it the dominance hasn't really been there as of late. We still working hard on developing bump stops for this type of tracks that will get us back to that, not to mention the awesome power these ECR Engines are making."

Last year, the No. 15 team turned in 31st and 27th place performances, respectively, in the spring and fall events at the track. In his early season run at Atlanta this year, Menard started and finished inside the top-20 with a 19th place run. Still, the expectations for this weekend are high.

"We've got one of our most reliable intermediate track cars to bring to Atlanta," Crew Chief Doug Randolph explained. "We ran this car at Kansas and it qualified up front, which is what we'll spend Friday working towards at Atlanta."

-credit: mr/dei

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Drivers Paul Menard