Indy ORP: Paul Menard race report

Menard Secures Top-10 Finish at O'Reilly Raceway Menard Finishes Ninth and Moves Up to Fifth in Nationwide Points CLERMONT, Ind. (July 24, 2010) -- Paul Menard rolled off the grid in the Kroger 200 Nationwide Race in the fourth position on ...

Menard Secures Top-10 Finish at O'Reilly Raceway
Menard Finishes Ninth and Moves Up to Fifth in Nationwide Points

CLERMONT, Ind. (July 24, 2010) -- Paul Menard rolled off the grid in the Kroger 200 Nationwide Race in the fourth position on Saturday night at O'Reilly Raceway Park. Menard had a solid car right from the start. Running the first 75 green flag laps in the top five, Menard's feedback to crew chief Matt Puccia was that the car was pushing in the center and was just a little loose off.

The team would make only minor adjustments to the car during the race. The pit crew was on its game, gaining several positions for Menard throughout the night which kept the Richmond/Menards Ford Fusion in the top 10. On lap 165, the team came in for the third yellow flag stop of the night. After making adjustments to air pressure and the track bar, the No. 98 driver was back on the track in the 13th position.

With four fresh tires, Menard worked his way up through the field to the seventh position. The caution flew again on lap 194. Menard and the leaders stayed out for the green-white-checkered finish where the veteran driver slipped two positions to take the checkered flag in the ninth position.

"We had a really fast car at the beginning of the race," Menard said. "The car tightened up on us as the night went on and slowed us down a bit. The crew did a great job again this weekend and I appreciate all the hard work the team put in."

The Nationwide Series returns to action at Iowa Speedway next Saturday, July 31, 2010 for the U.S. Cellular 250.

-source: rfr

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Paul Menard