Loudon: Paul Menard preview

Paul Menard on New Hampshire Motor Speedway: "There tends to be at least one or two long green flag runs at New Hampshire Motor Speedway so because of that and because the track is so difficult to pass on, track position is really important.

Paul Menard on New Hampshire Motor Speedway: "There tends to be at least one or two long green flag runs at New Hampshire Motor Speedway so because of that and because the track is so difficult to pass on, track position is really important. Starting from the front of the field is key and we'll really concentrate on our qualifying set up during practice on Friday. This is a tougher track that one might think, but Slugger and the guys on this Menards crew as well as the folks at Roush Fenway Racing have really put their heads together to get a good plan going for Loudon."

Crew Chief Slugger Labbe's Thoughts on NHMS: "One of the things that is important at Loudon is that you have to have really good brakes. To me, Loudon is one of the worst tracks that we have on the circuit for brakes. It has really long straightaways and you carry a lot of speed into the corners. Generally the drivers will complain about their brakes giving up or fading as the race goes on, so making sure you have the proper cooling and the proper brake pad package is really important. When it gets time to go at the end of the race, you need to have brakes left.

"Another thing we struggle with at Loudon, other than the obvious track position and fighting forward drive off the corner, is that the car bounces a lot. Getting into the corner the front end bounces up and down. If you get too aggressive with your shock and spring package the car will bounce and it gets worse as the race goes on. When the car is bouncing, you want to go left and the car is still bouncing and you're going right. It really upsets the car so finding the balance of the shock and spring package and not getting to aggressive so that it hurts you towards the end of the race is the key."

Chassis History: Crew chief Slugger Labbe and the No. 98 RPM crew have prepared chassis No. 619 for this weekend's event at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. The team utilized this particular Ford Fusion earlier this season at the Martinsville (Va.) Speedway event. Menard posted his best qualifying effort of the season in Martinsville and went on to finish 14th.

The Eau Claire, Wis.-native holds down 23rd place in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series point standings

Menard continues his double-duty efforts this weekend. Menard, who is racing full-time in both the NASCAR Nationwide and Sprint Cup Series will pilot the No. 98 Ford in Saturday's Nationwide race. Following the race at Road America last weekend, Menard stands in fifth place in the NNS driver point standings.

-source: rpm

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Paul Menard