Menard Finishes 11th at Bristol; Moves to 7th in Nationwide Points; Menard off to best start of Nationwide Series Career Bristol, Tenn. (March 20, 2010) -- Paul Menard came up just short of a top-10 finish in Saturday's Scotts Turf Builder 300...
Menard Finishes 11th at Bristol; Moves to 7th in Nationwide Points; Menard off to best start of Nationwide Series Career
Bristol, Tenn. (March 20, 2010) -- Paul Menard came up just short of a top-10 finish in Saturday's Scotts Turf Builder 300 at Bristol Motor Speedway, but posted his third finish of 11th or better in four starts this season. With the run, Menard has completed all 772 laps of racing in the Nationwide Series in 2010.
With the strong finish Menard, who is off tothe best startof his NWS career,moved up two places to seventh in the NWS point standings; 41 points out of fifth place and 142 points behind of Roush Fenway teammate Carl Edwards in first position.
Menard started his Tide/Menards No. 98 Ford Fusion back in 28th position, but was able to patiently work his way through the field; keeping his Ford out of the trouble that has made Bristol famous.
By just the 13th lap of the race, Menard had moved all the way inside the top 15. He broke into the top 10 for the first time on lap 61 and moved as far up as fourth after staying out under caution on lap 198.
With the car handling 'tight', Menard pitted for the final time of the race for four tires and a wedge adjustment on lap 268. He restarted in 18th position and used the final 32 laps of the race to move to 11th; where he crossed the finish line. Justin Allgaier went on to win the race.
The Nationwide Series will take next week off before returning to action in two weeks at Nashville Superspeedway, where Menard has two top-10 finishes in six career starts.