Yates Racing announces Menard to drive No. 98

MENARD TO DRIVE NO. 98 YATES RACING FORD FUSION IN 2009 NASCAR SPRINT CUP COMPETITION CONCORD, N.C. (November 18, 2008) -- Yates Racing is pleased to announce Paul Menard as the driver of the No. 98 Menards Ford Fusion in 2009 NASCAR Sprint...

MENARD TO DRIVE NO. 98 YATES RACING FORD FUSION IN 2009 NASCAR SPRINT CUP COMPETITION

CONCORD, N.C. (November 18, 2008) -- Yates Racing is pleased to announce Paul Menard as the driver of the No. 98 Menards Ford Fusion in 2009 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series competition. Following his first full season in the Sprint Cup Series, Menard finished 26th in the point standings, while earning his first career pole at Daytona International Speedway and his first career top-five finish at Talladega Superspeedway.

"I'm really looking forward to starting this new chapter of my life with Yates Racing and behind the wheel of the No. 98 Ford Fusion," said Menard. "The No. 98 has been to victory lane 25 times, many times with Marvin Panch and Lee Roy Yarbrough. It's exciting to be starting with Max (Jones) and Doug (Yates), and having Larry Carter on the box making the calls. I've seen how solid the Roush/Yates engine program has been over the years and I know we can have a really good season in the No. 98 Menards Ford Fusion."

Helping Menard make the transition to Yates Racing and Ford Motor Company will be veteran crew chief Larry Carter. Carter comes to Yates Racing from Roush Fenway Racing, where in 2008 he helped Jamie McMurray earn four top five and 11 top-10 finishes. Prior to working with McMurray, Carter worked with veteran driver Rusty Wallace in his final season of Sprint Cup racing.

Yates Racing co-owner Max Jones is pleased with the addition of the No. 98 to the team's racing stable. "Paul is a focused and determined young man. His efforts combined with the strength and compatibility of our sponsor partners, and with Ford, will take him to new levels," Jones said.

-credit: yr

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