Kansas: Menard post-qualifying interview

PAUL MENARD - No. 98 Menards Ford Fusion (Qualified 2nd) TALK ABOUT YOUR RUN OUT THERE TODAY. "We didn't change a whole lot from practice. We made a lot of changes in practice to get the car a lot better. We had a late draw which obviously ...

PAUL MENARD - No. 98 Menards Ford Fusion (Qualified 2nd)

TALK ABOUT YOUR RUN OUT THERE TODAY.

"We didn't change a whole lot from practice. We made a lot of changes in practice to get the car a lot better. We had a late draw which obviously helped us because we were able to listen to what other people were saying about the race track. We made a couple of little air pressure adjustments. The car was a little more free than what we had in practice. My RPM on exit corner was about a hundredth better than in practice so I thought it would be a better lap. These mile-and-a-half tracks are easy to overdrive and mess up your whole lap. I feel like I left a little bit out there."

IS THERE A LITTLE EXTRA IN THIS TO BE A NON CHASE GUY UP NEAR THE TOP WHEN THE CHASE GUYS DOMINATE THE HEADLINES?

"I think I can speak for everyone in the garage that they give 110-percent each time they go out, so no. If we could have qualified second every race this year we would have taken that, and would have taken a few poles obviously. We just hit on something the last few weeks and have been qualifying well. We had a good race last week and we hope to have a good race Sunday."

YOU HAVE HAD VERY LITTLE SUCCESS HERE, WHAT WAS THE DIFFERENCE TODAY THAN YOUR PREVIOUS THREE ATTEMPTS?

"The car is driving good. If the car isn't driving good then it makes for a long day for sure. We had some notes from last year where I think we qualified 20th. We had some video of the lap and picked up some things from that. It is a totally different race car and totally different set up though, and it is working."

-source: ford racing

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