Late Race Incident Relegates Menard to a 34th Place Finish RICHMOND, V.A. (September 7, 2008) -- Paul Menard and the No. 15 Energizer/Menards team suffered late race adversity to come away with a 34th place finish in the Chevy Rock and Roll 400...
Late Race Incident Relegates Menard to a 34th Place Finish
RICHMOND, V.A. (September 7, 2008) -- Paul Menard and the No. 15 Energizer/Menards team suffered late race adversity to come away with a 34th place finish in the Chevy Rock and Roll 400 at Richmond International Raceway.
"I'd say we were solidly a top-20 car for most of the day," Menard explained following the 400-lap event. "We had a few issues throughout the afternoon, but we were still very competitive. If it weren't for the run in with the 10 car near the end, I think we would have had a top-20 for sure."
Menard took the green flag for the 26th race of the 2008 NASCAR Sprint Cup season in 28th place. He fell back to 33rd place by the time the competition caution flag flew on lap 35 and reported to crew chief Doug Randolph that the car was tight through the center and loose off the corner. By the second caution flag on lap 97, the balance of the car had improved and Menard was up to 29th place. On pit road the Dale Earnhardt Inc. pit crew gained Menard five positions.
The first of Menard's several in race incidents occurred on lap 184, while Menard was running solidly in the top-25. Coming off turn two, he got into the wall a bit and fell back to 29th. Then on lap 225, the No. 16 car got into our left front fender and caused a slight tire rub. The caution flag flew shortly after allowing the team to repair the damage.
Following those two challenges on track, Menard rallied back to the top-20 by lap 326. The final incident of the day occurred on lap 370 when the No. 10 car loose and spun into Menard on the back stretch. The resulting damage forced Menard to come to pit road for repairs. Menard finished out the remaining laps of the event, but was forced to settle for a 34th place finish.
"It's disappointing to make it through most of the day and overcome some setbacks, only to have something like that happen at the end of the race," Menard said. "But we'll go on to New Hampshire, still searching for our first top-10 of the season."
With today's 34th place finish, Menard remains 28th in both NASCAR Sprint Cup driver points and owner standings.