Las Vegas: Paul Menard preview

Menard Hopes Test Session Leads to Season Best Finish MOORESVILLE, N.C. (Feb. 26, 2008) -- Menards Racing prepares for the third week of NASCAR Sprint Cup competition as the series heads to Las Vegas Motor Speedway for the UAW-Dodge 400. ...

Menard Hopes Test Session Leads to Season Best Finish

MOORESVILLE, N.C. (Feb. 26, 2008) -- Menards Racing prepares for the third week of NASCAR Sprint Cup competition as the series heads to Las Vegas Motor Speedway for the UAW-Dodge 400. Paul Menard, driver of the No. 15 Johns Manville/Menards Chevrolet, plans to draw on information gathered from last month's test in effort to turn in a solid performance in Sunday's 267-lap event.

"The test definitely helped," Menard said. "We were just trying to figure out these new cars. There's nothing aerodynamically that you can do so it's all chassis stuff including roll centers, springs, bars, shocks. The team worked hard when we tested, though, so I hope it pays off in the race this weekend."

Following the solid test session, the team returns to Las Vegas with a new racecar and hopes for a season-best finish.

"I'd say a top-15 finish this weekend is a realistic goal," Crew Chief Doug Randolph noted. "But a top-20 would be good and the continuation of our goal to establish ourselves solidly in the top-35 after the first five races."

Menard will make his second NASCAR Sprint Cup start at the 1.5-mile superspeedway. In his previous start at the track, he turned in a memorable qualifying performance, including an air born ride through the grass on the front stretch in route to a 19th place qualifying effort. Menard finished 32nd in the race.

Despite having confidence in the team's ability to perform this weekend, Menard believes on track action at Las Vegas Motor Speedway is still a ways from being at its finest.

"I think the track is still a few years away from being a really good racetrack since they repaved it last year," Menard said. "The pavement is so grippy that Goodyear needs to bring a very hard tire, which makes it very unforgiving and ultimately a boring race."

-credit: mr

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