* PAUL MENARD will make his seventh NASCAR Sprint Cup Series start at Talladega Superspeedway this Sunday in the AMP Energy 500. * MENARD AT TALLADEGA... In his five previous starts, Menard's best finish at the 2.66-mile speedway is a...
* PAUL MENARD will make his seventh NASCAR Sprint Cup Series start at Talladega Superspeedway this Sunday in the AMP Energy 500.
* MENARD AT TALLADEGA... In his five previous starts, Menard's best finish at the 2.66-mile speedway is a second-place finish. This is also Menard's best career finish in Sprint Cup competition.
* LAPS LED AT TALLADEGA... Menard has led 12 laps in Sprint Cup competition at Talladega Superspeedway.
* AVERAGES... Menard has an average start of 20.0 and an average finish of 24.0 in the Cup Series at Talladega Superspeedway.
* ZECOL RETURNS TO THE HOOD...The No. 98 team will unload the Zecol / Menards Ford Fusion for this weekend's AMP Energy 500.
Menard on racing at Talladega Superspeedway:
"We had a pretty good car last time we were at Talladega. We missed all of the wrecks out there and that's the biggest thing about racing at Talladega. Basically, you know what kind of car you have the minute you unload it off the truck, either it's going to go or it's not. There really isn't much that you can improve on once you get there. At Talladega, it's all about the car and the engine. If you can suck up to the guy in front of you and you have a good engine, then all you have to do is avoid the wrecks and you will come out of there with a good finish. I'm really confident in the engine that Doug (Yates) and all the guys at the engine shop have put together for this weekend, and I'm looking forward to getting out there in our No. 98 Zecol / Menards Ford Fusion on Sunday."
Crew chief Larry Carter on racing at Talladega Superspeedway:
"Everyone says that Talladega is such a crapshoot, because, really it is. You know how good your car is and how good it's going to be after you finish the first drafting run of the day. After that, it's up to the driver and the spotter to make good calls and good decisions on the track. It's like everyone will tell you, if you can just avoid the big wreck that will happen out there, you can typically bring home a solid finish."