Paul Menard, No. 27 Rheem/Menards Chevrolet Team Bring Home 12th-Place Finish from Watkins Glen International
The Slugger Labbe-led team made minor air pressure adjustments during the two routine four-tire pit stops on laps 27 and 59 to assist with the car's balance. Following the final restart on lap 74, Menard broke into the top 10 one lap later; however he lost two positions in the closing turns on the last lap to bring home a 12th-place result in the second and final road course event on the 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series schedule.
Start - 22 Finish - 12 Laps Led - 0 Points - 16
Paul Menard quote:
"Well, it wasn't the result we had hoped for today. The Rheem/Menards team did a great job this weekend and the pit crew had solid stops today."
Kevin Harvick and the Budweiser Team Finish 15th at "The Glen"
Back on track, the Bakersfield, Calif., native worked his way into the top 10 and informed the team that the handling of the red, white and blue Chevrolet had improved, but was still tight through the esses. As the race progressed, Harvick brought the No. 29 Richard Childress Racing machine down pit road for additional pit stops on laps 46 and 59 for new tires, fuel and air pressure adjustments. After the final pit stop, Harvick radioed to the team that last set of tires did not agree with the car and he needed more grip as he fell back in the pack, ultimately crossing the finish line in the 15th position. Harvick remains ninth in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver championship point standings, 67 points behind the leader.
Start - 19 Finish - 15 Laps Led - 0 Points - 9
Kevin Harvick quote:
"The Budweiser crew worked hard and had some great pit stops today, but that last set of tires didn't agree with the car and we couldn't get the grip we needed to make it toward the front at the end."
Mechanical Issue Relegates Jeff Burton to a 30th-Place Finish at Watkins Glen International
Crew chief Drew Blickensderfer, car owner Richard Childress and ECR engine specialists worked together in an attempt to find a solution to the problem, but Burton couldn't maintain minimum speed on the race track and was forced to the garage area for repairs. The Caterpillar pit crew quickly diagnosed the issue and replaced a faulty fuel cell in six laps and Burton returned to the track in the 31st position. Over the remaining 30 laps, the RCR veteran posted his fastest laps times of the race while testing different strategies and gaining one position to finish in the 30th position. The "never give up" attitude that the No. 31 team has displayed all season paid off as Burton also gained one position in NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver championship point standings to 19th.
Start-28 Finish-30 Laps Led-0 Points-19
Jeff Burton quote:
"Once again, bad luck found us, this time it was in the form of a fuel pump issue. I am so proud of the No. 31 team. We had to go to a backup car on Friday after spinning in some oil and damaging the car. The guys had me in the backup car ready to go in less than 10 minutes. That is impressive. We had a good test up at Michigan International Speedway not long ago, so I am expecting to run well up there next week."
Source: Richard Childress Racing