Bristol II: Paul Menard preview

Paul Menard Quote on the Sharpie 500: "We've come a long way with the COT. We started at Lakeland in January and we've been testing the COT pretty regularly throughout the season. At first I wasn't such a huge fan. It's just a totally...

Paul Menard Quote on the Sharpie 500:

"We've come a long way with the COT. We started at Lakeland in January and we've been testing the COT pretty regularly throughout the season. At first I wasn't such a huge fan. It's just a totally different feel. But by the second day of the Bristol test, we hit on some things with springs and the car was actually pretty good. Last time out, we didn't even get a chance to do any race runs because we missed the show. But since that's where our strength lies, I think we'll be running in the top 15 or 20 most of the night and hopefully come away with our first top-10 of the season if we've got luck on our side."

Paul Menard General Quote on the COT:

"Probably the biggest thing I like about the COT is it's a bigger car, you can get in and out of it easy. If the car starts on fire you can undo your belts and hop out a lot faster than you could in our current car."

Nextel Cup Car Chief "B" Hoover on the Sharpie 500:

"Dave Charpentier has been a great leader of this team in the last few weeks so if anyone's going to figure out how to succeed with the COT, it's going to be him. If anything, the COT evens the playing ground as far as the driver goes and Paul did a great job during the test in March, especially in race runs, so we're definitely going in with high hopes this weekend. Being locked in the show lets us concentrate on those race runs, which like I said, were very promising during the test."

-credit: pmr

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Drivers Paul Menard