Menard's Richmond Bid Gets Wrecked From Behind 51 Laps from End of Funai 250 Busch Race at Richmond RICHMOND, Va. (Friday, May 14, 2004) -- Paul Menard's Funai 250 NASCAR Busch Series race ended abruptly when he was hit from behind, spun, ...
Menard's Richmond Bid Gets Wrecked From Behind
51 Laps from End of Funai 250 Busch Race at Richmond
RICHMOND, Va. (Friday, May 14, 2004) -- Paul Menard's Funai 250 NASCAR Busch Series race ended abruptly when he was hit from behind, spun, and got caught up in the ensuing multi-car pileup on Lap 199 of tonight's 250-lap event on the three-quarter-mile Richmond International Speedway tri-oval.
The 23-year-old Busch Series rookie from Eau Claire, Wis., started 36th and was running 24th when, on Lap 199, he was spun from behind by Tony Raines between Turns 3 and 4. Menard and the #33 Menards/Energizer Chevrolet of Andy Petree Racing made minimal contact with the Turn 4 wall, but was hit by multiple cars as he slid back down the banked track, ending his night.
Just 12 laps earlier, the rookie Menard made a veteran move to keep from hitting the wall or other cars when David Stremme turned into him and spun him going into Turn 1. He pitted for tires but was able to resume in 25th position, having lost just two spots.
The next event on the NASCAR Busch Series tour is next weekend's (May 22-23) Goulds Pumps ITT Industries 200 at Nazareth Speedway in Pennsylvania. It is the only Sunday event on this year's schedule and will be televised by the FX cable network.
"We were feeling really good about picking up some spots and a lap or two that we were down before the finish when Tony Raines spun me from behind. I thought we would come out of it okay because we just barely touched the wall. But then we slid down the track and got caught in the pileup. That's a shame because the Menards/Energizer Chevrolet was one of the fastest cars on the entire track, and I thought we would be able to move up a good bit before the end of the race. On the (David) Stremme incident, I don't know what that was all about. He just turned into me going into (Turn) 1. It was senseless. Thankfully we got out of that one okay and the car was running pretty well after we got a new set of tires on it. I don't know -- I guess it just wasn't meant to be for us here at Richmond."