Bristol: Paul Menard preview

* This weekend, Paul Menard will make his first start in the Nationwide Series in 2009, running the No. 98 Richmond / Menards Ford Fusion. * In the Nationwide Series, Menard has six starts and has recorded one top-10 finish (August 2006). * ...

* This weekend, Paul Menard will make his first start in the Nationwide Series in 2009, running the No. 98 Richmond / Menards Ford Fusion.

* In the Nationwide Series, Menard has six starts and has recorded one top-10 finish (August 2006).

* Menard has an average start of 16.8 in his six starts in the Nationwide Series.

* Menard will make his first Nationwide Series start for Yates Racing and Ford Racing this weekend with crew chief Matt Puccia calling the shots atop the pit box.

* Richmond will be on the hood of the No. 98 Richmond / Menards Ford Fusion for this weekend's Scott's Turf Builder 300

Chassis: Primary -- RK-350
Backup -- RK-366

Menard on racing at Bristol Motor Speedway in the Nationwide Series:

"It's been a long time since I've been in a Nationwide car. I think my last start came at Kansas in 2007. I've been spending a lot of time at the Nationwide shop with Matt (Puccia) and all the guys on the No. 98 Nationwide team helping to get this car ready for Bristol. This is the start of 16 races that I'll be in the No. 98 Menards Ford Fusion in the Nationwide Series. We're looking forward to a solid start this weekend at Bristol and going from there."

Crew Chief Matt Puccia on racing at Bristol Motor Speedway in the Nationwide Series:

"It should be a great weekend for the No. 98 Menards team. I know all the guys at the shop have been waiting to get back to the track. They've all worked really hard getting our car ready for this weekend and the next few races we have on the schedule. Our primary focus oriday will be qualifying. At Bristol, almost more than any other track, you need to have a good solid starting position. If you qualify too far in the back it's easy to get lapped early in the race. We're looking forward to having Paul behind the wheel this weekend and a good run at Bristol."

-credit: yr

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Paul Menard
Teams Yates Racing