Crew Chief Slugger Labbe's Thoughts on AMS: "The schedule is a little different in Atlanta this time around. It's pretty much a one-day show where we practice and qualify and then show up the next day and go race. It's a little different than what...
Crew Chief Slugger Labbe's Thoughts on AMS: "The schedule is a little different in Atlanta this time around. It's pretty much a one-day show where we practice and qualify and then show up the next day and go race. It's a little different than what we normally do. There's also a new tire in Atlanta. We did the tire test back in June and the last time we were at Atlanta we had a wing on the car instead of a spoiler, so the aero package has changed. When we did the tire test we had the spoiler on so we did learn a few differences there, so that was good.
"The keys to Atlanta are that when they throw the green flag you generally run the bottom for a couple of laps but then you have to have a car that when the grip of the tire goes away because the track is so worn out, you have to be able to have the flexibility in your car to move around and give the car what it wants. Usually within two to three laps most people are running right up against the wall. It's a nice edge up there because you run so close to the wall and if you hit the wall, your day could be done very easily but that's where the most grip is once the tires lose the grip and people are searching all over the track to find the maximum grip that you can. It is a night race so there will be more grip in the track and in the car. When we did the tire test the track temperature was 148 degrees, which was scorching hot and now we're going back for a night race so it's going to be different for sure. But we got a lot of valuable information out of the test. Paul Menard drove one day and Elliott Sadler drove the second day, so two of our drivers got some really good information.
"We're looking forward to this weekend's race. We're taking the same car we had at Michigan and we'll do the best we can to prepare for Sunday night and have a good race."
Chassis History: Crew chief Slugger Labbe and the No. 98 RPM crew have prepared chassis No. 683 for this weekend's event. This is the same car the team ran at both events at Michigan International Speedway, the May Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway races and the Auto Club Speedway (Fontana, Calif.) race early in the season.
Menard continues to compete in both the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and NASCAR Nationwide Series events. He currently holds down the fifth spot in the Nationwide driver point standings after 25 races. The Eau Claire, Wis.-native will once again be behind the wheel of the No. 98 Ford for this weekend's Nationwide Series event at Atlanta Motor Speedway.