Talladega: Paul Menard preview

Paul Menard * In the Sprint Cup Series, Menard has recorded five starts at Talladega Superspeedway. * His best finish in five starts was last October when Menard started fifth and finished a career-best second place. * Turtle...

Paul Menard

* In the Sprint Cup Series, Menard has recorded five starts at Talladega Superspeedway.

* His best finish in five starts was last October when Menard started fifth and finished a career-best second place.

* Turtle Wax will make its debut on the hood of the No. 98 Turtle Wax / Menards Ford Fusion for this weekend's Aaron's 499.

* In Yates Racing's last race at Talladega, the No. 28 captured the pole award -- their eighth pole at Talladega Superspeedway.

Chassis:
Primary -- RK-549 -- Last raced at Daytona -- Bud Shootout; Finished 12th

Backup -- RK-545

Menard on racing at Talladega Superspeedway:

"Ever since my last race at Talladega, I've really been looking forward to coming back. In the two races that I've finished the race and not been caught up in a wreck, we've had good finishes. Last fall was a great finish and I know that we have the package this weekend to repeat, if not one position better. It's no secret the Roush/Yates engines have a strong history at the restrictor-plate tracks, so knowing that's under the hood gives you even more confidence going there this weekend.

"Talladega is a track that you hope you unload well at on Friday. Typically, what you have in your car is what you are going to race on Sunday. There is not a lot of room for change from practice to qualifying to the race. We have Turtle Wax on the hood for the first time this season, hopefully, we can have a good run and get back some of the points we've lost these last few races."

Crew Chief Larry Carter on racing at Talladega Superspeedway:

"Going to Talladega is such a crapshoot, you could come out of there with not a dent on your car, or you could bring your car home in pieces. We spent weeks rubbing on this car, trying to get the most speed and horsepower out of it that you can. I know Doug (Yates) and the guys at the engine shop spend countless hours working on this restrictor-plate engine and we all know they will perform well this weekend. Hopefully, the No. 98 team can find a bit of luck in Talladega and come out of there with a solid finish. Talladega is one of those tracks that you just avoid the wrecks and you typically have a great day."

-credit: yr

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Paul Menard
Teams Yates Racing