Daytona II: Paul Menard race report

Menard Finishes 28th at Daytona Menard Remains Sixth in Nationwide Points Standings Daytona, FL (July 2, 2010) -- Paul Menard rolled off the grid in the Subway Jalapeno 200 Nationwide Race in the 14th position on Friday night at Daytona ...

Menard Finishes 28th at Daytona

Menard Remains Sixth in Nationwide Points Standings

Daytona, FL (July 2, 2010) -- Paul Menard rolled off the grid in the Subway Jalapeno 200 Nationwide Race in the 14th position on Friday night at Daytona International Speedway. Menard began working his way to the front of the pack immediately. On lap 18, he moved into the sixth position and said his Libman/Menards Ford Mustang was free in and tight in the center and that he was starting to lose the nose a bit.

Menard was getting ready for a green flag pit stop on lap 32 when the caution came out. Crew chief Matt Puccia called him into the pits on the next lap for four tires, fuel and an air pressure adjustment. The No. 98 crew pulled off a 13.7 second pit stop and advanced Menard from the eight position to fourth.

Puccia inspected the tires closely and noted that the right front was beginning to fray. With Menard back on the track, Puccia asked his driver to keep him informed on how the tires felt. On lap 58, Menard said the right front tire was coming apart and he needed an immediate pit stop. Unfortunately, the wheel man diagnosed the condition too late and the tire blew before reaching the pits. Menard pitted on lap 59 for new tires and repairs to the right front fender and returned to the track but he was a lap down and in the 36th position.

The caution would fly again on lap 70. Menard, with four fresh tires and a tank full of fuel, stayed out and took the wave around to get back on the lead lap. With 30 laps to go, Menard began moving up in the field to the 15th position on lap 94 when the right front tire blew and did extensive damage to the fender. Menard limped back to the pits for repairs and returned to the track to complete as many laps as possible.

Menard's No. 98 Libman/Menards Ford Mustang finished in the 28th position after completing all 102 laps of the race.

The Nationwide Series returns to action at Chicagoland Speedway next Friday night, July 9, 2010 for the Dollar General 300.

-source: rfr

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