BUSCH: Loudon: Paul Menard preview

Menard Ready to Rebound in New Hampshire Mooresville, NC -- The Menards Racing team is looking for redemption in New Hampshire. After two consecutive DNF's (at Daytona and Chicago), the Dale Earnhardt Inc-backed team is determined to return to...

Menard Ready to Rebound in New Hampshire

Mooresville, NC -- The Menards Racing team is looking for redemption in New Hampshire. After two consecutive DNF's (at Daytona and Chicago), the Dale Earnhardt Inc-backed team is determined to return to the early season on-track success that earned the team and driver Paul Menard much deserved recognition.

The New England 200 will be the 20th NASCAR Busch Series event held at New Hampshire International Speedway since 1990. The previous 19 races have produced 19 different winners. With last year's race winner and Menard's DEI teammate, Martin Truex Jr. moving up to the Nextel Cup Series this year, the organization's resources are at the disposal of the Menards team. Menard hopes this added information can get the No. 11 Sylvania/Menards Chevrolet to Victory Lane at NHIS, continuing the streak of different winners. Menard knows that the team's solid start to the season is a more accurate representation of its ability than the last two weeks of on track trouble.

"The first half of our race season was remarkable," Menard said of his nine top ten finishes in the first 17 races of the season. "That's all were looking for this weekend -- to regain some momentum. But this car is the one we took to Victory Lane in Milwaukee, so it's definitely possible to win here too."

Last year's visit to New Hampshire International Speedway produced a seventh place finish for Menard. The 1.058-mile oval happens to be the spitting image of the Milwaukee Mile, the site of Menards first career NASCAR Busch Series victory just three weeks ago. The Menards Chevy led a race high 85 laps and that's exactly the sort of performance Crew Chief Dan Stillman would like to see out of his team in this weekend's 200-lap event.

"Since last year we've really shown we know what we were doing on the short flat tracks." Stillman said. "It comes from everyone working so well together at the shop and then putting those plans in motion at the racetrack, like we did in Milwaukee. The last few weeks we just weren't able to completely avoid the bad racing luck that can mess up a really good effort."

Moving Up...

Menard led the NASCAR Busch Series in "Quality Passes" at New Hampshire International Speedway last year. Menard made 36 quality passes (passing cars while running in the top 15 under a green flag racing condition) in last year's Busch race.

Hometown Pride...

Just like the hometown power that propelled driver Paul Menard to Victory in Milwaukee, Menards Racing has local ties to the New England area, as well. Marty Oddy, the front tire changer for the No. 11 Menards team, hails from Loudon.

-mr/dei

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Dale Earnhardt , Martin Truex Jr. , Paul Menard