Talladega II: Paul Menard race report

Menard Turns Top-Five Qualifying Run into Career Best Finish at Talladega TALLADEGA, Ala. (Oct. 5, 2008) -- Paul Menard turned in a career best 2nd place performance in today's AMP Energy 500 at Talladega Superspeedway. Menard's runner-up ...

Menard Turns Top-Five Qualifying Run into Career Best Finish at Talladega

TALLADEGA, Ala. (Oct. 5, 2008) -- Paul Menard turned in a career best 2nd place performance in today's AMP Energy 500 at Talladega Superspeedway. Menard's runner-up finish is the driver's first top-10 finish of the NASCAR Sprint Cup season.

"The Menards Chevy was good all day," Menard said. "We qualified fifth and the car had speed in it all day. We didn't make any chassis adjustments, just did a little bit of air pressure after the first run to free it up. It was just all track position really and Doug Randolph made all the right calls.

"All in all, it was a good, strong effort for Dale Earnhardt Inc.," Menard continued. "Martin got up there, led some laps. Eric led some laps. I led a few laps. I thought Regan led the most important one, but it didn't work out. I'm just really proud of this entire organization."

Menard's top-five finish came on the heels of a fifth place qualifying effort in a session which saw all four Dale Earnhardt Inc. cars qualify in the top-10.

"It may not be important to qualify up front at a superspeedway, but it's good for this team," Menard said. "It's a testament to how far our company has come with our superspeedway cars and how far the ECR engine group has come in the horsepower department."

Menard capitalized on his starting spot to maintain a position in or around the top-10 pack of cars for nearly the entire event. In addition, the No.15 Menards/Johns Manville Chevrolet was credited with leading five laps.

"It's plate racing," Menard concluded. "It's hard to make a move. I thought Regan (Smith) had it and that was cool to see him beat him to the line. It was a very cool day for DEI and I'm definitely looking forward to finishing out the year with these guys."

Menard's 2nd place finish moved him up two positions to 26th place in NASCAR Sprint Cup driver's points.

-credit: pm/dei

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Drivers Dale Earnhardt , Paul Menard