Pocono: Paul Menard preview

Menard Looking Forward to Return to Pocono Raceway MOORESVILLE, N.C. (June 4, 2008) -- While some drivers have mixed feelings about the unique superspeedway located in the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania, Paul Menard has been a fan of Pocono ...

Menard Looking Forward to Return to Pocono Raceway

MOORESVILLE, N.C. (June 4, 2008) -- While some drivers have mixed feelings about the unique superspeedway located in the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania, Paul Menard has been a fan of Pocono Raceway since his first visit just one year ago.

"Pocono is definitely unique," Menard said. "The only track I've experienced that's comparable would be Indy. I really like racing there even though it's a track that is very easy to lose time at. One little mistake through one corner will carry all the way to the next corner, which is a long ways away regardless of the turn. You just lose so much time down the straightaway, so thankfully our ECR engines have been pretty strong on the top end all year."

Pocono Raceway's unique design includes turns modeled somewhat after turns at three different tracks. Like Menard said, turn two, also known as "The Tunnel Turn", is like Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Turn three has been compared to the Milwaukee Mile where Menard has visited Victory Lane. And while some refer to the as a tri-oval, in reality it is more like a triangle.

In addition to Menard's two starts at the track in 2007, where his best qualifying effort is 21st (June, 2007) and his best finish is 26th (August, 2007), Menard participated in a two day test at Pocono last month in preparation for this weekend.

"The test went okay," Menard said. "We got the car where it's pretty racey, but we're still looking for some speed out of our Menards Chevy and I'm confident Doug (Randolph) and the boys will find it this weekend. Our teammates on the No. 1 car were pretty fast so we'll be able to go through their notes and maybe make a few adjustments."

According to crew chief Doug Randolph, Menard will race Dale Earnhardt Inc. chassis #68 this weekend, a new car built for the two races at Pocono Raceway.

"We had a decent test," Randolph said. "And we always seem to run well at tracks we're able to test at, so I have high hopes for this weekend. We should be in position for a top-20, but if things go our way, we could get that first top-10 we've been looking for."

-credit: pm/jrm

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Dale Earnhardt , Paul Menard