Phoenix: Paul Menard preview

* PAUL MENARD will make his eighth NASCAR Nationwide Series start at Phoenix International Raceway in Friday's Bashas' Supermarkets 200. * MENARD AT Phoenix... In eight starts at Phoenix, Menard has five top-15 starts and four top-15 finishes.

* PAUL MENARD will make his eighth NASCAR Nationwide Series start at Phoenix International Raceway in Friday's Bashas' Supermarkets 200.

* MENARD AT Phoenix... In eight starts at Phoenix, Menard has five top-15 starts and four top-15 finishes. Menard's best finish at Phoenix came in 2005 where he finished 13th.

* LAPS...Menard has completed all (100%) of the laps he has attempted in NNS competition in 2010

* Menard has completed 1456 of 1598 (91.1%) of the laps he has attempted in NNS competition at Phoenix. Unfortunately, crashes took Menard out of two NNS events at Phoenix prior to the checkered flag.

* ON THE TRACK...The No. 98 team will carry the Richmond/Menards paint scheme on its Ford Fusion for this weekend's NNS Bashas' Supermarkets 200 at Phoenix.

Paul Menard on racing at Phoenix International Raceway:

"Phoenix is a tough race track that can be challenging to the best drivers on the circuit. We have to trust in our ability to make timely adjustments throughout the race. I am confident we will perform at our highest level this weekend."

Crew chief Matt Puccia on racing at Phoenix International Raceway:

"Phoenix is a challenging track due to its unique design. The car set-up is critical because it must handle the distinct differences at both ends of the race track. The driver plays a major factor at Phoenix and fortunately this is one of Paul's favorite tracks. The No. 98 team is looking forward to a solid run and building momentum for weeks to come."

-source: rfr

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Paul Menard