Fontana: Paul Menard preview

Paul Menard * Paul Menard gave an impressive effort at Daytona last week but was involved in an accident at lap 138 that shortened his debut with Yates Racing in the No. 98 Menards Ford Fusion. * Menard has four starts in the NASCAR Sprint Cup...

Paul Menard

* Paul Menard gave an impressive effort at Daytona last week but was involved in an accident at lap 138 that shortened his debut with Yates Racing in the No. 98 Menards Ford Fusion.

* Menard has four starts in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Auto Club Speedway.

* In the Nationwide Series, Menard has one top-five and two top-10 finishes at the two-mile D-shaped oval.

* Menard has led seven of 1,019 laps at Auto Club Speedway in the Nationwide Series.

* Also on board the No. 98 Menards Ford Fusion will be Quaker State with an iconic green hood.

Chassis:
RK-611 Last outing: Tested Rockingham, Jan. 2009
RK-545 Last outing: Tested Rockingham, Jan. 2009

Menard on racing at Auto Club Speedway:

"We took the same car that we are running this weekend at Fontana to Rockingham back in January and were really pleased with it. It was hard to get a true sense of the horsepower and handling that is needed at Fontana, but it gave us a good opportunity to shake down the car and get the team working together for first time. I enjoy racing at Fontana, it's really a track that you can seek out different lines on the track to see where your car is handling better, and throughout the race that line changes as the sun sets. It's a fun track and should be a good race for us.

"We didn't start the season out like we wanted to last weekend in Daytona, but with a good weekend in Fontana we should be able to rebound a little bit in the points."

Crew Chief Larry Carter on racing at Auto Club Speedway:

"The most important thing about racing at Fontana is the distance of the race. You have to make sure you have a good engine under the hood. I know that Doug (Yates) and all the guys at the engine shop have been working hard on these engines during the off season. The other thing about Fontana is setting up for the transition of day to night. You have to make sure you car is balanced well enough so that when the sun goes down you don't lose everything you have in terms of handling."

-credit: yr

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Paul Menard