Pocono II: Paul Menard preview

The Eau Claire, Wis.-native holds down 23rd place in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series point standings Paul Menard on Pocono Raceway: "We weren't as good as we needed to be the last time we were in Pocono and we were a bit disappointed in our ...

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

Paul Menard on Pocono Raceway: "We weren't as good as we needed to be the last time we were in Pocono and we were a bit disappointed in our performance. We got the car better in the late stages of the race, but we struggled for a while. Pocono is a tough track to figure out and I know Slugger (Labbe--crew chief) is itching to get back there armed with some new information and things to try. I think we learned some things at Indianapolis last weekend that we can apply to this track too.

"Pocono is a complex racetrack because it's part road course and part speedway. Making sure you're carrying as much speed as possible through the corners is really important. If your car isn't handling the way it should through the corners and especially off the exit, your speed on the straight-aways will obviously suffer. It's got long, sweeping turns and pretty lengthy straight-aways so you have to have every aspect of the car working well, but at the same time, every corner is a little bit different and you probably won't be able to get the car handling exactly the way you want it in each one. There's always a little bit of compromise going on in Pocono."

Crew Chief Slugger Labbe's Thoughts on Pocono: "You've got to make sure you're handling well through the corners to have good speed on the straight-aways. All three corners are unique and there are certainly differing opinions on which corner is the most important to concentrate on. You'll never be able to make the car happy in every corner, so you have to decide which one is the most crucial and go from there. I've always worked the most on getting the car through turn one the best and that's what we'll concentrate on this weekend too."

Chassis History: Crew chief Slugger Labbe and the No. 98 RPM crew have prepared chassis No. 653 for this weekend's event. This is the same chassis the Menards team ran at Darlington (S.C.) Raceway earlier this season.

This weekend will be another busy one for Paul Menard. Menard is racing full-time in both the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and the NASCAR Nationwide Series and will travel back and forth between Pocono, Pa. and Iowa Speedway.

-source: rpm

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Paul Menard