BUSCH: Kansas: Paul Menard preview

Nextel Cup Primary Car: Dale Earnhardt Inc. Chassis ...

Nextel Cup Primary Car: Dale Earnhardt Inc. Chassis #038/ Back up Car #037

Last Raced: Chicagoland Speedway in July 2007 (qualified 16th; finished 42nd -- engine)

Interesting Cup Fact: Menard's best runs have come on intermediate style racetracks like Kansas Speedway. Menard scored his season best finish of 12th in the June race at Michigan. Additionally, Menard has had finishes of 7th (Atlanta -- 2006); 14th (Charlotte -- 2006); 17th (Homestead -- 2006); and 15th (Texas -- 2007) at this type of track.

NOTES OF INTEREST ON THE KANSAS BUSCH CAR

Busch Series Primary Car: Dale Earnhardt Inc. Chassis #012/ Back up Car #016

Last Raced: Michigan International Speedway -- August 2007 (qualified 7th; finished 7th)

Interesting Busch Team Fact: The DEI Busch team has top-ten finishes in four of it's last five races run. Most recently the team scored a runner-up finish with driver Martin Truex Jr. Dover International Speedway. While the Busch team hasn't won a race yet in '07, both Menard and Crew Chief Mike Greci think this could be the team's weekend to visit Victory Lane.

Paul Menard on the Lifelock 400: "It's safe to say we've had a lot of potential on this sort of racetrack so it feels good to take a break from the COT this weekend. I really thought we had a good shot at top-10 finishes at Chicago and Michigan and those days ended early because of engine problems, so I think we should expect the same from Sunday's race -- a solid top-10 finish would be a good day."

Nextel Cup Crew Chief Dave Charpentier on the Lifelock 400: This is definitely going to be a good weekend. This is Paul's favorite intermediate car and this is probably our best shot at a top-five finish. We've come a long way with our intermediate track program not only this year but in the last few years. Paul and I seem to really be on the same page about how to approach a weekend like this with regard to our qualifying package and race strategy."

Paul Menard on the Yellow Transportation 300: "I really like Kansas. I won my first pole there so I know I can get around the track well. It would be great to give this Busch team a victory. They've been working really hard this year to give us competitive racecars and I think our runs at Chicago and at Michigan showed that. The team finished second with Martin (Truex) last week at Dover, so they definitely have the momentum."

NASCAR Busch Series Crew Chief Mike Greci on the Yellow Transportation 300: "Our intermediate track program is obviously our strongest area on the Busch side. We've had some really good runs our last couple times out -- Michigan and Chicago. I definitely have high hopes for a win this weekend, but we just want to give Paul some extra seat time to help the Cup deal and see what happens. A top-five would be great."

-credit: mr

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup , NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Dale Earnhardt , Martin Truex Jr. , Paul Menard