BUSCH: Kansas: Paul Menard race notes

Another Top-Ten for Menards Racing Kansas City, KS -- Menards Racing turned in yet another solid performance in the Yellow Transportation 300 at Kansas Speedway Saturday afternoon. Paul Menard recorded a tenth place finish in the 200 lap event...

Another Top-Ten for Menards Racing

Kansas City, KS -- Menards Racing turned in yet another solid performance in the Yellow Transportation 300 at Kansas Speedway Saturday afternoon. Paul Menard recorded a tenth place finish in the 200 lap event -- his 15th top ten finishes to date in 2006.

"The team worked really hard today to find balance with the Menards Splash Chevrolet." Menard said. "Towards the end of the race, the car felt really good and I was able to drive into the top ten, which is what we try for every weekend."

After qualifying 17th for the Saturday afternoon race, Menard quickly advanced through the 43-car field. When the first caution flag flew on lap 25, Menard was shown in the 11th position. Menard's super fast and efficient Dale Earnhardt Inc. pit crew performed a four tire, fuel and adjustment pit stop. The team's hard work gained the No. 11 car a position in the pits and Menard restarted the race in the 10th spot on lap 30.

Menard spent the following 67 laps running between 10th and 13th place. He radioed the crew the car was getting better but he was still "tight through corner exit."

When the caution flag flew on lap 97, crew chief Tony Eury Sr. called Menard into pit. Another quick stop on pit road relegated Menard to 24th place on the restart. Never a driver to hang contently in the back pack, Menard drove up through the field to secure the 12th position by lap 128.

After another round of pit stops on lap 129, Menard spent the following 30 laps fighting to make his Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS turn.

"It seems tighter on this run, compared with last run." Menard radioed the crew on lap 160.

Despite his reported handling condition, Menard worked hard to hang onto a spot in or around the top ten in the closing laps of the race. When the 10th and final caution flag flew on lap 195, Menard was scored in the ninth position. The green, white, checkered finish saw Menard race his way up to eighth place before falling back to 10th on the final lap of the Yellow 300.

"This program is clearly moving in the right direction," Menard said of his DEI backed team. "And we've got five Busch races and three Cup races left to round out the year and to really prepare us for 2007."

The 10th place finish at Kansas Speedway tied Menard's career best finish at the track in 2005. It moved Menard back one position, to seventh place, in the NASCAR Busch Series driver's standings. While the series will enjoy a week off before heading to Charlotte, Menard and the No. 15 Dale Earnhardt Inc. Nextel Cup team will head to Talladega Superspeedway.

-credit: menards racing

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Dale Earnhardt , Paul Menard