Loudon II: Paul Menard preview

* PAUL MENARD will make his fifth NASCAR Sprint Cup Series start at New Hampshire Motor Speedway this Sunday in the Sylvania 300. * MENARD AT LOUDON... In his previous starts, Menard has two top-25 finishes. His average start at Loudon is 31st;...

* PAUL MENARD will make his fifth NASCAR Sprint Cup Series start at New Hampshire Motor Speedway this Sunday in the Sylvania 300.

* MENARD AT LOUDON... In his previous starts, Menard has two top-25 finishes. His average start at Loudon is 31st; his average finish is 28.6.

* LAPS... Menard has completed 1434 of 1457 (98.4%) of the laps he has attempted in Cup Series competition at NHMS.

* ON THE TRACK...The No. 98 team will unload the Sylvania/Menard's Ford Fusion for this weekend's Sylvania 300 at NHMS.

* SYLVANIA ON THE TRACK... NASCAR drivers Robby Gordon and Paul Menard will be "racing to the future of lighting" in the SYLVANIA 300. Menard will be behind the wheel of the SYLVANIA- DOT*it® covered No. 98 Ford Fusion and his fellow competitor Gordon will take to the track in the SYLVANIA blue and orange painted No. 7. This marks the third year in a row that Menard has driven the SYLVANIA car.

Menard on racing at New Hampshire Motor Speedway:

"I've always enjoyed racing at Loudon. It's a really flat track that is a tough place to pass. I think the biggest thing we've learned this year as a team is that we need to focus on qualifying more on Friday. Our cars have been really good, we just don't have the track position that we need and end up going a lap or two down and then at that point you are doing things to get back on the lead lap. If we could stay on the lead lap and focus on making our car better during the race, I think we'll start to see some better finishes out of the No. 98 Sylvania / Menards team."

Crew Chief Larry Carter on racing at New Hampshire Motor Speedway:

"I think since the first time we were at Loudon we have come a long way with learning more about this new car. Last weekend at Richmond, I think we had a pretty good car, but once we got a lap down and then two laps down, we had to focus on getting back on the lead lap. If we can stay on the lead lap this weekend in Loudon, I think we'll have a pretty good run."

-credit: yr

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Robby Gordon , Paul Menard