Loudon II: Paul Menard preview

Short Track Savvy Menard Ready for Sylvania 300 MOORESVILLE, N.C. (September 10, 2008) -- Paul Menard and the No. 15 head to New Hampshire International Speedway, a track that strongly resembles the Milwaukee Mile, where Menard scored his last...

Short Track Savvy Menard Ready for Sylvania 300

MOORESVILLE, N.C. (September 10, 2008) -- Paul Menard and the No. 15 head to New Hampshire International Speedway, a track that strongly resembles the Milwaukee Mile, where Menard scored his last win in NASCAR. Menard and his Dale Earnhardt Inc. crew hope the magic strikes again in this weekend's Sylvania 300.

"Having tested at Milwaukee, I think we can apply more things to New Hampshire than we could at Richmond last week," Menard explained. "The big comparison between Milwaukee and New Hampshire is that they're so flat and you're in the corner for such a long time that you really need to get your front end working well and stay nice and flat. Having won at the Milwaukee Mile helps too, because I like to think that I know how to get around this sort of track."

It takes a certain type of driver to excel at the flat, one-mile tracks and those driver's generally hone their racing ability on the Midwestern short tracks early in their careers. Menard is no exception to this rule, as he was raised in the short track savvy state of Wisconsin, where many tracks offer that same flat surface.

Menard explains that a lap around New Hampshire International Speedway can be quite tricky.

"You drive in really hard and kind of slide to the center, have to wait for longer than you think before picking up the throttle," Menard said. "The exit of turn 2 is a lot narrower than off of 4, so that's why you'll see a few people pancake the wall off of 2. Overall the track is pretty slick, not a lot of grip and very hard to pass on."

Menard will race in the Sylvania sponsored race in the Sylvania sponsored No. 15 Menards Chevrolet for the second consecutive year at New Hampshire. Menard himself uses SYLVANIA SilverStar(R) Ultra headlights off the track.

"I replaced the factory headlights in my Chevrolet Silverado with the SYLVANIA SILVERSTAR bulbs. The quality of light surpasses the standard halogen bulb," Menard explained. "I see the sides of the road, as well as down the road, much better now."

Menard will take to the track Friday afternoon for practice prior to qualifying for the Sylvania 300. Qualifying will air live on ESPN-2 at 3 p.m. Eastern.

-credit: mr/dei

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Dale Earnhardt , Paul Menard