Charlotte II: Paul Menard preview

Menard currently stands in the 23rd position in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series point standings Paul Menard on Charlotte Motor Speedway: "I look forward to the mile and a half tracks these days because we have really worked hard on that program...

Menard currently stands in the 23rd position in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series point standings

Paul Menard on Charlotte Motor Speedway: "I look forward to the mile and a half tracks these days because we have really worked hard on that program and it has paid off throughout the season. Our cars are really strong on tracks like Charlotte, so we're looking forward to qualifying well and then keeping our Menards Ford Fusion up front all night."

Crew Chief Slugger Labbe's Thoughts on Charlotte Motor Speedway: "We had a good test there in the spring and it's kind of laid the ground work for what we've been doing the rest of the year. That test and the way we ran in the first race at Charlotte this season has really helped our mile and a half program become pretty strong. The keys to Charlotte are just having a car that turns really good and has good forward drive off, like everywhere, really. You want to bring a car with the best downforce possible.

"It's a cool night race and Charlotte gives us the opportunity to practice at night, so the conditions will be more like they will be for the race. Pit strategy will come into play because the tires are hard and you can get two tires or four sometimes and play that game if you need to. The tires just don't fall off much. I think we have the potential to be really good in Charlotte."

Chassis History: Crew chief Slugger Labbe and the No. 98 RPM crew have prepared chassis No. 683 for this weekend's event. This particular Ford Fusion has finished in the top 10 twice. It was last utilized at Atlanta Motor Speedway in September where Menard was running seventh when the team experienced engine problems. This is also the same car the team ran at Charlotte Motor Speedway in the spring.

-source: rpm

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Paul Menard