Pocono: Paul Menard preview

YATES RACING -- FAST FACTS * In the Sprint Cup Series, Menard has recorded four starts at Pocono Raceway. * His best finish in three starts was last June when Menard started 17th and finished the race in the 25th position. * Pittsburg...

YATES RACING -- FAST FACTS

* In the Sprint Cup Series, Menard has recorded four starts at Pocono Raceway.

* His best finish in three starts was last June when Menard started 17th and finished the race in the 25th position.

* Pittsburg Paints will be back on the hood of the No. 98 Pittsburg Paints / Menards Ford Fusion for this weekend's Pocono 500.

* Menard posted a sixth-place finish last weekend in the Nationwide Series race at Dover International Speedway -- his second top-10 finish of the 2009 season.

Chassis:
Primary -- RK-561 -- Last outing, Texas, April 2009; Finished 13th
Backup -- RK-503

Menard on racing at Pocono Raceway:

"Pocono is such a different track. You have to gear up for a weekend at Pocono. The track isn't like any other track we visit; it has three distinct turns and long straightaways. You have to have your car balanced really well and have a lot of horsepower to get you down the straightaway at Pocono. If you can get a good run off of turn one, that will carry you all the way down into two and is one of the better places to pass on the track.

"We were taken out of contention early last week when we had a really good car and were looking at a top-15 or even top-10 finish. Hopefully we can have a better weekend in Pocono."

Crew Chief Larry Carter on racing at Pocono Raceway:

"Pocono is one of the more challenging tracks that we have to setup for. With three different turns, you have to make sure your car is balanced all around while still getting through the corners well. We have some great Roush Yates horsepower under the hood and good driver behind the wheel. If it hadn't been for someone's mistake last week, we would have come away with a great finish. We're looking to make up for that this weekend in Pocono."

-credit: yr

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Paul Menard