Kansas: Paul Menard preview

Menard currently stands in the 23rd position in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series point standings Paul Menard on Kansas: "Our mile and a half program has been pretty good and we ran well last weekend in Dover, so I'm looking forward to getting to...

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

Paul Menard on Kansas: "Our mile and a half program has been pretty good and we ran well last weekend in Dover, so I'm looking forward to getting to Kansas this weekend. It's a track I like and have had some success on in the past, so it's a place I always look forward to. You walk in and you think you're at Chicagoland Speedway, but the tracks do have some subtle differences. It's a fun track to race on and Slugger and the Richard Petty Motorsports guys have been working really hard to make sure we finish out the season strong."

Crew Chief Slugger Labbe's Thoughts on Kansas Speedway: "We're just kind of basing our set up off of Chicagoland Speedway. The tracks are really, really close and they were supposedly built the same, but Kansas appears to be a little rougher. We ran really well in Chicago, qualifying ninth and running 10th. This weekend we're taking the Menards Ford Fusion that we raced at Pocono and then put a new body on it after that race. We're basing the initial setup off Chicago, but Chicago was a night race and Kansas starts around noon, so there will be some differences there.

"The weather will be cool and the track should have a lot of grip. We've been good on the mile and a half tracks here recently - Chicago, Atlanta and other places - so we're taking the same approach this weekend and hopefully we'll do well."

Chassis History: Crew chief Slugger Labbe and the No. 98 RPM crew have prepared chassis No. 653 for this weekend's event. This car was last utilized in the race at Pocono (Penn.) Raceway where Menard drove it to a 13th-place finish. It has also been run at Darlington (S.C.) Raceway and Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

-source: rpm

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Richard Petty , Paul Menard
Teams Richard Petty Motorsports