Crash Takes Menard Out of Race on Lap 157 Menard Remains Sixth in Nationwide Points Standings Sparta, KY (June 2, 2010) - Paul Menard started the Meijer 300 Nationwide Race in the 7th position on Saturday night at Kentucky Speedway. Menard ...
Crash Takes Menard Out of Race on Lap 157
Menard Remains Sixth in Nationwide Points Standings
Sparta, KY (June 2, 2010) - Paul Menard started the Meijer 300 Nationwide Race in the 7th position on Saturday night at Kentucky Speedway. Menard worked his CertainTeed/Menards Ford Fusion up to fifth position in the first ten laps of the race. He ran in the top 11 through the 157 laps he completed despite some difficulties in the pits. Menard had heavy contact with the wall after being spun by the No. 38 (Jason Leffler), which sent Menard to the garage and ended his race at Kentucky Speedway.
Menard was happy with the car early on, saying that the car was just a bit tight center off. The team would get a chance to make adjustments on lap 22 when the second caution of the race came out. Crew Chief, Matt Puccia, called for four tires, fuel and adjustments to air pressure and the track bar. The crew recorded a 14 second pit stop and sent Menard out in 10th position.
Menard continued to run strong for the next 50 laps where he ran in the 10th and 11th position. On Lap 71 Menard picked up 3/10ths of a second and ran the fastest lap time on the track. Menard told the team "I'm onto something" and he continued to post solid lap times until the caution came out on lap 73. Menard told Puccia the car is too tight and asked to have the left rear spring rubber removed. Puccia called for an air pressure adjustment, four tires, fuel and left rear spring rubber removal. The team was unable to correctly pull the spring rubber.
The caution came out again on lap 111 Menard reported that the car was still tight center and carried up off the turn. He said he has lost grip and wanted it back. Puccia called for air pressure and a track bar adjustments as well has four tires and fuel. The team gained two position putting Menard in the ninth position for the restart.
On lap 133 the caution flew and Menard who was in the ninth position and said that it felt like the nose was up, the steering was light and the front "felt numb." Puccia called Menard to the pits for right side tires, air pressure, fuel and a right front shock adjustment to address the steering issue.
Menard was in the 14th position for the restart. Menard would work his way back up to the top ten and on lap 157 Menard was involved in heavy contact with the No. 38 and the No. 15 sending Menards CertainTeed/Menards For Fusion into the wall. Menard was able to get to his pit stall but the car was beyond repair.
Menard placed 32nd in the race, Joey Logano would go on to win the Meijer 300.
The Nationwide Series will be in Elkhart Lake, at Road America for the Bucyrus 200 next weekend June 19th.