BUSCH: St. Louis: Paul Menard preview

Menards Racing Set for St. Louis... MOORESVILLE, NC -- As the NASCAR Busch Series prepares to visit their title sponsor's, Anheuser-Busch, hometown track, Menards Racing driver Paul Menard arrives in St. Louis hoping to continue an upward climb...

Menards Racing Set for St. Louis...

MOORESVILLE, NC -- As the NASCAR Busch Series prepares to visit their title sponsor's, Anheuser-Busch, hometown track, Menards Racing driver Paul Menard arrives in St. Louis hoping to continue an upward climb in the drivers points standings. Currently ranked seventh trailing Greg Biffle by five points, Menard resumes his battle for points positions at Gateway International Speedway during the Busch Silver Celebration 250, presented by Shop 'n Save. The entry list shows Biffle will not be racing in this event, further bolstering the team's incentive to earn points.

And, Menard will pilot his favorite racecar in the 200-lap run around the 1.25-mile, egg-shaped oval. It's the same one he drove to Victory Lane last month in Milwaukee. The car's most recent outing was two weeks ago at New Hampshire when Menard wheeled the No. 11 Menards Chevy to a fourth place finish.

"This car is really fast and it should qualify and race well at St. Louis." Menard said. "We need to have another strong run so we can maintain momentum heading into the next couple of weeks."

"Last year's race at Gateway was such a testament to the strength of this team. We battled back from a mid-race spin to finish a rewarding fifth place. This year, we're going to try and avoid the spin part and go for another great finish."

Dan Stillman, crew chief, was quick to credit teamwork for last year's solid run in St. Louis.

"When he went spinning on the backstretch, I was surprised Paul didn't make contact with the wall." Stillman said. "You have to give Paul credit for getting through the spin without damage. The crew jumped in and did their part with a really good job on pit road and, fortunately, we came away with a top-five finish."

Menards Racing chance for success at Gateway is bolstered by Dale Earnhardt, Inc.'s past achievements at the track. In nine events, DEI has three wins between two drivers. Dale Earnhardt, Jr. won in 1998 and 1999 with Martin Truex, Jr. taking the checkers in 2004. Both earned championship honors those respective years, as well.

A quick glance of Menard's year shows he has been solid to say the least, well complimenting the DEI organization. Combined totals for the year include a victory, four top-fives and 10 top-10 finishes. Menard credits the hard work and race day performance of the crew with the remarkable 2006 record.

"Everybody on this team has been working so long and hard for this sort of success." Menard said. "The team deserves every good run we've had this year."

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Dale Earnhardt , Greg Biffle , Martin Truex Jr. , Paul Menard