Fontana II: Paul Menard preview

* PAUL MENARD will make his sixth NASCAR Sprint Cup Series start at Auto Club Speedway this Sunday in the Pepsi 500. * MENARD AT FONTANA... In his five previous starts, Menard's best finish came in his first start at the two-mile speedway where...

* PAUL MENARD will make his sixth NASCAR Sprint Cup Series start at Auto Club Speedway this Sunday in the Pepsi 500.

* MENARD AT FONTANA... In his five previous starts, Menard's best finish came in his first start at the two-mile speedway where he finished 20th

* LAPS... Menard has completed 476 of 477 (99.8%) of the laps he has attempted in Cup Series competition at Auto Club Speedway.

* ENERGIZER RETURNS TO THE HOOD...The No. 98 team will unload the Energizer / Menards Ford Fusion for this weekend's Pepsi 500.

Menard on racing at Auto Club Speedway:

"Although it seems like last season since we raced at Fontana, I remember us having a really good run going before we lost a transmission about halfway through the race. So far this season we've had some of our best runs at the intermediate tracks. We had a really good car at Atlanta and then last week at Kansas we unloaded really well and I thought we were going to have a strong race.

"Larry (Carter) and all the guys at Ford Racing have done a great job with getting our car to qualify better and to start the race better. Now if we can just finish the races in one piece we'd be in a much better position. Hopefully we can have a great weekend at Fontana in our No. 98 Energizer / Menards Ford Fusion."

Crew Chief Larry Carter on racing at Auto Club Speedway:

"We did a great job the last couple of weekends with our qualifying and improving ourselves in practice on Saturday. We had what I thought was going to be a pretty good race last weekend, but we started the car out just a little too free. This weekend at Fontana I think we'll have a good run. As a whole, both the No. 98 team and the entire Ford group have been pretty good at the intermediate tracks."

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