Road America: Paul Menard race report

Menard Finishes 16th at Road America Menard Moves Up to Fifth in Nationwide Points Standings Elkhart Lake, WI (June 19, 2010) - Paul Menard started the Bucyrus 200 Nationwide Race with high expectations in the eighth position on Saturday...

Menard Finishes 16th at Road America
Menard Moves Up to Fifth in Nationwide Points Standings

Elkhart Lake, WI (June 19, 2010) - Paul Menard started the Bucyrus 200 Nationwide Race with high expectations in the eighth position on Saturday afternoon at Road America. Menard spent much of the race in the top-five, battling it out with Jacques Villeneuve in the 32 car. Menards Mastercraft/Menards Ford Fusion needed little adjustment during the race, he only reported that it was a little loose off and crew chief Matt Puccia adjusted air pressure and removed spring rubbers from the rear. The car would suffer front end damage on lap 41 when it rear ended the No. 32 (Villeneuve). Menard continued to battle with the damaged car and would spin out on lap 41 but he kept the car out of trouble and got back on the track in the 11th position. Unfortunately with the damaged car now back in the pack Menard would lose five more positions and finish 16th.

Menard's Ford Fusion would start the day strong. From the eighth position, he would get to work moving up through field to the fifth position by lap 10. The experienced Road America racer asked for a little more grip off, but was pleased with the car's performance. Crew chief Matt Puccia would call Menard to the pits under caution on the 12th lap. The crew removed a rear spring rubber and made air pressure adjustments to improve the performance.

Menard would continue to move up in the pack and was in the third position on lap 15 battling for second with the No. 32. In the heat of the battle, Menard would rear end Villeneuve damaging the front end of the Menard's Ford Fusion.

Menard spun out on lap 41 dropping him to the 11th position. Caution would fly again on lap 44, but with enough fuel to finish the race he chose to stay out to try and pick up some positions. Unfortunately, with his damaged Ford Fusion Menard would lose several more spots and finish the race in the 16th position.

Menard said "The crew did a great job all week and gave me a great car, I am extremely disappointed with our finish today."

Carl Edwards went on to win the Bucyrus 200.

The Nationwide Series will be in Loudon, N.H. at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Saturday June 26th.

-source: rfr

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