Atlanta II: Paul Menard preview

* Paul Menard will be making his 100th NASCAR Sprint Cup Series start this weekend at Atlanta Motor Speedway. To date, Menard has recorded one pole, one top five and two top-10 finishes. * In his first start at Atlanta Motor Speedway in 2006 ...

* Paul Menard will be making his 100th NASCAR Sprint Cup Series start this weekend at Atlanta Motor Speedway. To date, Menard has recorded one pole, one top five and two top-10 finishes.

* In his first start at Atlanta Motor Speedway in 2006 Menard posted his first top-10 finish of his career after finishing seventh. * In six starts at Atlanta Motor Speedway, Menard has completed 99.3% of laps (1946 of 1959).

* Johns Manville will be back on this hood this weekend of the No. 98 Johns Manville / Menards Ford Fusion.

Menard on racing at Atlanta Motor Speedway:

"After a weekend off, I'm ready to get back in the Sprint Cup car this weekend. They told me a couple weeks ago that Atlanta would be my 100th Cup Series start which is hard to believe. In the Atlanta race back in March we fought all day with the handling on our car; we had no grip the entire afternoon. I really feel like Larry (Carter) and all the guys at Ford Racing have come a long way since that first race with this car. We've had some decent runs in the last few weeks and feel like we are getting our program closer to where we think we should be."

Crew Chief Larry Carter on racing at Atlanta Motor Speedway:

"I think we are going to much more competitive Ford Fusion this weekend in Atlanta. We really have come a long way since our first race there and feel like some good runs we've had at other tracks similar to Atlanta is really going to help us this weekend. It's going to be interesting to see how these cars react at night, but hopefully we can have a good run for Paul in his 100th start this weekend."

-credit: yr

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Series NASCAR Cup
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