Phoenix II: Paul Menard preview

Menard Looking Forward to Short Track Racing Action at Phoenix MOORESVILLE, N.C. (Nov. 5, 2008) -- Paul Menard hopes to round out the 2008 NASCAR Sprint Cup season on a high note, beginning with one last chance at short track success during this...

Menard Looking Forward to Short Track Racing Action at Phoenix

MOORESVILLE, N.C. (Nov. 5, 2008) -- Paul Menard hopes to round out the 2008 NASCAR Sprint Cup season on a high note, beginning with one last chance at short track success during this weekend's Checker O'Reilly Auto Parts 500 at Phoenix International Speedway.

"Phoenix is a pretty unique little track," Menard explained. "Turns three and four resemble Milwaukee where turns one and two might be more like Loudon.

"Either way, it's a compromise. Usually if you're good in one and two you'll be loose in three and four. If you're tight in one and two, you'll be good in three and four. The track is a bit worn out so you're slipping and sliding around for a few hundred miles and that makes it pretty fun and challenging for a driver!"

Menard will race Dale Earnhardt Inc. chassis #079 in this weekend's 312-lap event. The car was last raced at Martinsville Speedway where Menard finished the race in 27th place after a blown right front tire caused race day challenges for the No. 15 team.

Menard's Phoenix stats are solid -- in three NASCAR Sprint cup starts at Phoenix International Raceway, Menard has never finished outside the top-25. His best finish is a 21st place effort, which he earned this past spring.

Based on issues faced over the past several weeks, Menard's weekend goals are simple -- have a good, clean race.

"I'd like to put a full race together, with no major issues, and just see where we end up." Menard said. "The past few weeks we've had good cars but have had things go wrong, whether it was me tearing up the right rear quarter panel, struggling with our race adjustments or speeding down pit road.

"This weekend, I'd like to have a clean race and come home with a top 15 finish, if not better."

-credit: mr/dei

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Dale Earnhardt , Paul Menard