Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Paul Menard expecting 2015 Daytona 500 to run similar to plate races from last year

Paul Menard is 50/1 to win Daytona 500
Paul Menard
No. 27 PEAK/Menards Chevrolet SS
Race Notes and Quotes:

This Week’s PEAK/Menards Chevrolet
… Paul Menard will pilot chassis No. 447 for both the Duel qualifying race and Daytona 500. This No. 27 Chevrolet SS was utilized during all three races in 2014 at the 2.5-mile superspeedway where Menard finished 10th in the Duel, 32nd in the Daytona 500 and 16th in the July event.

Stats for “The Great American Race”… Menard has 15 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts at Daytona International Speedway. His best start of first came in July 2008 and his best finish of sixth came in the 2012 Daytona 500. The Wisconsin native has completed 2,452 of 2,621 laps attempted at the 2.5-mile track, leading 67 of them.

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Time To Duel … The Duel qualifying event in Daytona features two 150-mile races to determine the final starting grid for positions three through 32 in the Daytona 500. Menard will start 12th in the first qualifying race on Thursday, Feb. 19. Watch the action on Thursday night at 7 p.m. Eastern Time on Fox Sports 1.

Race Rewind … Menard started last year’s Daytona 500 from the 10th position and led 29 laps before sustaining damage in a multi-car wreck which put the No. 27 team in the garage for repairs. After being in the garage for 14 laps, the team returned to competition and earned a 32nd-place finish.

Meet Menard … Fans have several opportunities to meet Menard during Speedweeks at Daytona International Speedway. You can catch him at the FDOT Main Stage inside the Sprint FANZONE on Thursday, Feb. 19 at 4 p.m. and Sunday, Feb. 25 at 9:30 a.m. ET. Menard will also be making an appearance at the Chevrolet stage outside the track on Saturday, Feb. 21 at 12:45 p.m. ET.


What are you expecting this year in the Daytona 500?

“Daytona is its own animal. There’s a lot of media surrounding it so it’s definitely our biggest race of the year. You don’t really approach it any different as a driver as you would another race on the schedule. The rules are pretty much the same and we’re using the same car we used last year. Being the same car, it’s had some time on it to get better throughout the 2014 season. Our big test is coming up in Atlanta when we test the new 2016 packages.”

- Richard Childress Racing

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