Loudon II: Paul Menard preview

Paul Menard on New Hampshire: "We've struggled a bit the last couple of weeks, so we need to get back on track. We had a pretty good string of top-15 results going for a while and I know the guys on this Richard Petty Motorsports team have been ...

Paul Menard on New Hampshire: "We've struggled a bit the last couple of weeks, so we need to get back on track. We had a pretty good string of top-15 results going for a while and I know the guys on this Richard Petty Motorsports team have been working hard, but things just haven't gone our way. With 10 races left this season, we've got 10 more opportunities and we plan to make the most of them. Richmond was disappointing for all of us, but I know we've got a good game plan for New Hampshire, so we're looking forward to getting there."

Crew Chief Slugger Labbe's Thoughts on New Hampshire Motor Speedway: "One of the things that is important at Loudon is that you have to have really good brakes. To me, Loudon is one of the worst tracks that we have on the circuit for brakes. It has really long straightaways and you carry a lot of speed into the corners. Generally the drivers will com-plain about their brakes giving up or fading as the race goes on, so making sure you have the proper cooling and the proper brake pad package is really important. When it gets time to go at the end of the race, you need to have brakes left.

"Another thing we struggle with at Loudon, other than the obvious track position and fighting forward drive off the corner, is that the car bounces a lot. Getting into the corner the front end bounces up and down. If you get too aggressive with your shock and spring package the car will bounce and it gets worse as the race goes on. When the car is bouncing, you want to go left and the car is still bouncing and you're going right. It really upsets the car so finding the balance of the shock and spring package and not getting to aggressive so that it hurts you towards the end of the race is the key."

Chassis History: Crew chief Slugger Labbe and the No. 98 RPM crew have prepared chassis No. 573 for this weekend's event. This is the same car the team ran at the season's first event at Richmond International Raceway.

Notes: No. 98 hauler driver Bill Peters, along with his three fellow Richard Petty Motorsports transport drivers will make a special stop this Thursday morning on their way to New Hampshire Motor Speedway. The four haulers will visit the Budweiser Distributor in Manchester, Conn, which, on August 3, was the location of a tragic shooting spree that left nine people dead and two more wounded. The hauler drivers will park their rigs and visit with Hartford Distributor employees from 8-10 a.m. ET before heading to Loudon, N.H. later that day.

-source: rpm

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Richard Petty , Paul Menard , Bill Peter
Teams Richard Petty Motorsports