Bristol II: Paul Menard preview

Paul Menard on Bristol Motor Speedway: "Bristol is a survival race. It's so easy to get caught up in somebody else's mistake and it happens all the time. On top of that, tempers flare up pretty easily at the short tracks like Bristol and you could...

Paul Menard on Bristol Motor Speedway: "Bristol is a survival race. It's so easy to get caught up in somebody else's mistake and it happens all the time. On top of that, tempers flare up pretty easily at the short tracks like Bristol and you could wind up in the middle of something you didn't start in the blink of an eye. You've got to be smart about who you put yourself around and be there at the end. We were pretty happy with the way, overall, that we ran at that track earlier this season and we're hoping to be able to build on that. Our short-track program has been up and down this season, but we're looking for good things this weekend."

Crew Chief Slugger Labbe's Thoughts on BMS: "Racing at Bristol Motor Speedway in August is entirely different from racing there in March. It's always a lot hotter, obviously, but we are also running a different tire than we did earlier this sea-son. Some of the Ford Racing teams participated in the tire test up there so we've got a lot of good information to pull from and that will definitely be an advantage.

"We're looking forward to racing in Bristol. We ran pretty well there in the spring. I've heard the track has made a lot of improvements in the infield area of the track, so it'll be interesting to see what they were able to do in such a tight space. So, different surroundings maybe, but the same track with the same challenges. We look forward to it."

Chassis History: Crew chief Slugger Labbe and the No. 98 RPM crew have prepared chassis No. 561 for this weekend's event. This is the same car the team ran at the June race at Pocono (Penn.) Raceway where Menard finished 16th.

Notes: No. 98 hauler driver Bill Peters will take part in the Pilot Truck Driver Challenge this Thursday in Bristol. This week's event is the third round of a four-round challenge. Peters won the first round, which took place in Charlotte, N.C.. and is currently tied for fourth place in the competition. The event will take place prior to the start of the annual BMS hauler parade. The final round of competition is scheduled to take place during the Atlanta Motor Speedway race weekend.

Menard continues to compete in both the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and NASCAR Nationwide Series events. He currently holds down sixth spot in the Nationwide driver point standings after 23 races.

-source: rpm

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Paul Menard , Bill Peter