Polesitter Menard Can't Overcome Early Handling Difficulties, Has To Settle for 17th-Place NASCAR Busch Series Finish at Kansas KANSAS CITY, Kan. (Saturday, Oct. 9, 2004) -- Polesitter Paul Menard could not overcome the setbacks from handling...
Polesitter Menard Can't Overcome Early Handling Difficulties, Has To Settle for 17th-Place NASCAR Busch Series Finish at Kansas
KANSAS CITY, Kan. (Saturday, Oct. 9, 2004) -- Polesitter Paul Menard could not overcome the setbacks from handling difficulties at the outset of today's Mr. Goodcents 300 NASCAR Busch Series race at Kansas Speedway and had to settle for a 17th-place finish.
Just a day after earning his first career Busch series pole on the 1.5-mile tri-oval here, Menard battled a heavy understeer condition and found himself unable to keep the pack behind him and the #11 Menards/Energizer Chevrolet of Dale Earnhardt, Inc. By the time he made his first fuel-and-tire stop, under green on Lap 65 of today's scheduled 200-lap race, Menard found himself back in 19th position. The DEI crew made adjustments on that stop, and each and every stop the rest of the afternoon, but it was too late to regain his position among the race leaders.
Joe Nemecheck took the victory here today, beating Greg Biffle and David Stremme across the line in a green-white-checker finish on Lap 204. Next up is next Friday night's Busch Series 300 at Charlotte, N.C.
"Yesterday was definitely our day. Unfortunately, today wasn't. We started the race with problems similar to what we experienced at the beginning of practice on Friday morning. We thought we had them fixed. Whatever the problem, was we have some work to do to get it resolved by next weekend at Charlotte. It was frustrating, for sure, to be losing ground the entire first stint. Unfortunately, except for the yellow on Lap 2, it went green just about the whole way, so there's wasn't anything we could do to help ourselves without setting us back even further. That's the way it goes. We definitely achieved a major milestone as a team yesterday, and hats off to the guys and everyone involved for putting us on the pole yesterday. We'll figure this thing out, and we'll be back."