Charlotte: Paul Menard preview

Paul Menard * Menard has four Sprint Cup series career starts at the 1.5-mile speedway. * Johns Manville will return to the hood of the No. 98 Johns Manville / Menards Ford Fusion for both "hometown" races at Charlotte Motor Speedway. *...

Paul Menard

* Menard has four Sprint Cup series career starts at the 1.5-mile speedway.

* Johns Manville will return to the hood of the No. 98 Johns Manville / Menards Ford Fusion for both "hometown" races at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

* After finishing 15th two weekends ago at Darlington, Menard has compiled three top-15 finishes during the 2009 season with Yates Racing.

Yates Racing

* On Friday, May 22nd Yates Racing will open its doors for the Inaugural Yates Racing Fan Day. Fans are encouraged to come out and see the Yates campus and receive a VIP view of the Yates shop. Special autograph appearances from Bobby Labonte, Paul Menard and Doug Yates will begin at 10 a.m. Vendors will also be onsite with free give-aways.

Chassis:
Primary -- RK-560 -- Last raced at Atlanta; Finished 33rd
Backup -- RK-503

Menard on racing at Charlotte Motor Speedway:

"Last Saturday night, we didn't have the best race car. We continued to fight being too tight in the center. I know this week Larry (Carter) and the guys have taken everything we learned back to the shop and figured out what we need to do to be better this weekend in the 600. This is the longest race of the year, which presents both good and bad points. If your car is good the race doesn't seem that long and you can work your way to the front. If you don't have the best car, you have a lot of laps to work with your crew and figure out over the long run how to make it better.

"I'm confident we'll have a better run this weekend in the 600. This is a great race for the guys since they are home in front of their friends and family, so it always means a little more when we race at Charlotte."

Crew Chief Larry Carter on racing at Charlotte Motor Speedway:

"If there was anything that we can take away from our race last weekend at Charlotte was how important track position is. These cars are so close in speed that if you get strung out in the rear of the pack, it's hard to make your way up. If you can get good track position to start with, you typically have a leg up on the rest of the field. This weekend we have a few different things that we want to try based on how the car reacted last week. It's a long race for everyone involved, and hopefully we can come out of there with a solid finish for this No. 98 Menards team."

-credit: yr

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Bobby Labonte , Paul Menard
Teams Yates Racing