Ponoco: Paul Menard preview

* Menard will shuttle between Pocono and Nashville to race in the NSCS and NASCAR Nationwide Series events * The Eau Claire, Wis.-native holds down 22nd place in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series point standings Paul Menard on Pocono Raceway: ...

* Menard will shuttle between Pocono and Nashville to race in the NSCS and NASCAR Nationwide Series events

* The Eau Claire, Wis.-native holds down 22nd place in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series point standings

Paul Menard on Pocono Raceway: "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 you're 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.

"I'm excited about this weekend. We had a good run last weekend in Charlotte and that was good for our Menards team. We had some misfortune for a couple weeks in a row and it was nice to get back on track and run the way we know we are capable of performing. Plus, this will be the first weekend where the Nationwide and Cup cars aren't in the same place so we've been working on the logistics of being in both Pocono and Nashville. I'm looking forward to doing a lot of racing in a couple of different places."

Crew Chief Slugger Labbe's Thoughts on Pocono: "The cars will be slower down the straightaway with the new spoiler so you've got to make sure you're good 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.

"It's important to go to this track with a really good plan. If you struggle this weekend then you'll probably have a hard time in Indianapolis too and then we're back in Pocono the week after that. You don't want to get behind the eight ball here, because it can be costly not only this weekend, but in the upcoming weeks as well."

Chassis History: Crew chief Slugger Labbe and the No. 98 Richard Petty Motorsports crew have prepared chassis No. 561 for this weekend's event. This is a brand new car specifically prepared for this weekend's 500-mile race at Pocono Raceway.

The No. 98 team spent Tuesday testing at Road Atlanta in preparation for the upcoming road course events at Infineon (Sonoma, Calif.) Raceway and Watkins Glen (N.Y.) International.

-source: rpm

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Drivers Richard Petty , Paul Menard