Texas II: Paul Menard preview

Menard Ready for High Speed Racing at Texas MOORESVILLE, N.C. (Oct. 29, 2008) -- Paul Menard and the No.15 Johns Manville/Menards team look ahead to this weekend's race at Texas Motor Speedway with high hopes for a second top-10 finish of the ...

Menard Ready for High Speed Racing at Texas

MOORESVILLE, N.C. (Oct. 29, 2008) -- Paul Menard and the No.15 Johns Manville/Menards team look ahead to this weekend's race at Texas Motor Speedway with high hopes for a second top-10 finish of the 2008 NASCAR Sprint Cup season.

"Texas is a scary fast track, but I've always been a fan of the racing,' Menard explained. "Like I said, it's fast, which makes the speed demon inside us drivers smile! The groove is starting to widen out which makes for better racing."

The layout of Texas Motor Speedway is often compared to that of Charlotte and Atlanta, a track where Menard has turned in some very solid runs, including Menard's first ever top-10 finish in Cup competition (7th place finish at Atlanta -- March 2007). The No. 15 team will bring their most recently raced Charlotte car to Texas with high hopes for a strong qualifying effort and race run.

In his four Sprint Cup starts at the track, Menard's best qualifying effort is 16th, while his best finish is a 15th place effort (April 2007).

"We've had some great cars at Texas and some good runs, as well," Menard explained. "I think this car were bringing this weekend is definitely capable of qualifying and running up front."

While Crew Chief Doug Randolph has always been a fan of the high speed 1.5-mile oval, he was quick to make a comparison between the track and pop culture.

"There's always great racing at Texas and I guess they call it 'the Great American Speedway' so it's the perfect stop leading up to the Presidential election coming up next week," Randolph explained.

While Randolph declined to comment on who he's voting for come November 4th, his pick for Texas is none other than Paul Menard.

"Paul is good at these high speed tracks and I think we can battle for a top-10 come Sunday," Randolph said.

-credit: pm/dei

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Drivers Paul Menard