Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Paul Menard using third-place Las Vegas chassis at Texas this week

Menard is 75/1 to win Sunday at Texas
Paul Menard
No. 27 Quaker State/Menards Chevrolet SS
Event Preview Fact Sheet

This Week’s Quaker State/Menards Chevrolet at Texas Motor Speedway
… Paul Menard will pilot chassis No. 454 this weekend at the 1.5-mile oval in Ft. Worth, Texas. This Chevrolet SS was last used at Las Vegas Motor Speedway this year where Menard scored a third-place finish.

Through the Career … Menard is making his 261st-career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series start this Sunday. During that span, the native of Eau Claire, Wisc. has one victory, 11 top-five and 37 top-10 finishes to his credit. He also has one Pole Award.

How We’re Doing in 2014 … To date, Menard has earned one top-five finish, three top-10s, led 35 circuits and completed 99 percent (1,968 of 1,988) of the laps contested through the first six races. During that span, he and the No. 27 Chevrolet SS team have moved from 30th to 11th in the driver’s points standings.

Texas Time … Through 15 starts at the 1.5-mile track, Paul Menard has achieved one top-five, two top-10s and two laps led. He’s completed 4,835 of 5,021 laps (96.3 percent) contested with an average start of 19th and a 20.6 finishing average. Menard’s best start of fourth was achieved twice (Nov. 2011 and Nov. 2013). His best finish of fifth was in April 2011.

About Quaker State … Quaker State® motor oil has a 70-year history as a leader in consumer automotive products and vehicle care. Quaker State is among the industry’s most innovative motor oil brands and offers a full line of products to meet every type of vehicle engine need. Quaker State is one of the first brands to develop high mileage engine motor oil. For more information about the full line of Quaker State products, visit www.quakerstate.com.

Race Rewind … In this race last year at Texas Motor Speedway, Menard started the No. 27 Chevrolet SS from the fourth position and finished in 15th place.

One Week Ago … Last Sunday at Martinsville Speedway, Menard started 21st and raced to his third top-10 finish in 2014 with a hard-fought 10th place. Aided by his second-consecutive top-10 result, he moved up three more positions to 11th in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver points standings.


What are your thoughts on racing at Texas Motor Speedway?

“What can you say about Texas Motor Speedway that hasn’t already been said in regards to how fast it is around that place? We’re going to need a good set-up under our Quaker State Chevrolet to get through the turns and great horsepower from ECR Engines to be successful. Our 1.5-mile track program has been getting better and better since late last year. I’m looking forward to seeing what we can do this weekend at Texas and keep our momentum going in the right direction.”

- Richard Childress Racing

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