Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Best 2014 finish for Paul Menard was third-place at Las Vegas

Paul Menard is 60/1 to win 2015 Kobalt 400 at Las Vegas
Paul Menard
No. 27 Quaker State/Menards Chevrolet SS
Race Notes and Quotes:

This Week’s Quaker State / Menards Chevrolet at Las Vegas Motor Speedway
… Paul Menard will pilot chassis No. 480 for this weekend’s 267-lap event at the 1.5-mile track in Las Vegas. This No. 27 Chevrolet SS has four previous starts from the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season including Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Chicagoland Speedway, Charlotte Motor Speedway and Homestead-Miami Speedway.

Vegas Odds … The Eau Claire, Wisc. driver has eight Sprint Cup Series starts at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. His best start of 17th came in 2013 and best finish of third came in 2014. Menard has one top-five and three top-10 finishes and has completed 2,133 of 2,154 laps (99 percent) of racing, nine of which he’s led.

About Quaker State
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Where Do You Stand … Menard currently sits 17th in the Sprint Cup Series driver point’s standings after finishing 13th at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

What Happens in Vegas … The Wisconsin native scored his best finish of the 2014 season during NASCAR’s last visit to the 1.5-mile track. Menard started 21st and patiently worked his way through the field to cross the finish line third.

Meet The RCR Drivers … Paul Menard, Ryan Newman, Austin Dillon, Brendan Gaughan, Brian Scott and Ty Dillon will be holding an hour-long autograph session at the South Point Hotel & Casino on Thursday, March 5 from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. PT. Wristbands for the event will be given to the first 200 fans starting at 7:30 p.m. in the Grandview Lounge.


Is there anything you can learn from Atlanta Motor Speedway and take to Las Vegas Motor Speedway?

“They’re pretty similar in how the bumps are on the track and are both pretty rough tracks. Vegas is not nearly as abrasive, but it does have some fall off with the tires. We definitely take away some things from Atlanta to Vegas but they’re pretty different tracks in some aspects. They’re both fast mile-and-a-half tracks, so qualifying is going to be balls to the wall and the race is going to be pretty crazy.”

- Richard Childress Racing

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