Menard Faces Multiple Challenges at Indianapolis Motor Speedway INDIANAPOLIS, I.N. (July 27, 2008) -- Paul Menard and the Dale Earnhardt Inc. backed Menards Racing team faced a bounty of challenges during today's Allstate 400 at the ...
Menard Faces Multiple Challenges at Indianapolis Motor Speedway
INDIANAPOLIS, I.N. (July 27, 2008) -- Paul Menard and the Dale Earnhardt Inc. backed Menards Racing team faced a bounty of challenges during today's Allstate 400 at the Brickyard.
After entering the day with the knowledge of impending tire issues, Crew Chief Doug Randolph prepared the team for a long day of hard work in the pits.
The team's trouble mounted on lap three when Michael Waltrip hit the wall and spun down into the right front of Menard's No. 15 Johns Manville/Menards Chevrolet. While Menard was able to make it to pit road for the crew to survey the car, the damage forced the team to continue repairs in the garage.
"The frame was bent behind the spring," Car Chief Jefferson Hodges explained post incident. "We had to move the right front suspension since we could not fix the frame and then the fender was missing."
The team worked swiftly to repair the damage, but the extensive work took nearly an hour to complete. Menard returned to the track 42 laps down, in 42nd position.
Menard was disappointed with the outcome of the lap three crash, given that he had high hopes for the team's chance of race day success.
"I was really happy with race runs," Menard said. "We didn't qualify all that well, but the car had a lot of side force, so I expected good things to happen in the race. It's just one of those racing deals, though, wrong place, wrong time. We usually run well at Pocono so at least we can head there next week and start to rebuild some momentum we had going earlier in the year."
Ultimately, Menard finished the race in 41st position. He lost two positions in NASCAR Sprint Cup driver's points, where he now sits 28th.