Paul Menard is Sneaking Up on Two Mile Speedways

Paul Menard is Sneaking Up on Two Mile Speedways

Paul Menard, driver of the No. 27 Moen/Menards Chevrolet SS for Richard Childress Racing has been doing quite well on the two mile speedways of Michigan International Speedway and Auto Club Speedway in Fontana California. The big question is will he be able to improve on that and win the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Quicken Loans 400 at Michigan International Speedway this Sunday, June 14th 2015.

The statistics for Paul Menard at Michigan are not that great. He is 22nd in driver ratings of 71.9 in the past ten years. His average finish of 18.4 is only worthy of a yawn as is his average running position of 19.2.

What is eye catching is the fact he has finished 4th in each of the last three Sprint Cup races at Michigan. He also finished in the top ten the last three years at Auto Club including 4th this year.

Will Menard be able to continue his run on two mile speedways and improve?

Menard said, “Hard to say, there will probably be a little advantage when drafting, similar to the XFINITY Series cars, with the increased throttle time. Because of the horsepower loss, it’ll be hard to complete a pass. We’ll find out what’s in store for us this weekend.

The NASCAR XFINITY Series is also racing a Michigan this weekend. Paul Menard will be driving the No. 33 Richmond/Menards car for Richard Childress Racing. He is defending champion of that race. This will give him the extra track time he needs.

Menard is currently 11th in the standings and in a position to make the Chase for the Sprint Cup. A win here at Michigan International Speedway would guarantee that spot.

If you cannot get to Michigan International Speedway for the Quicken Loans 400 it will be broadcast live on Fox Sports 1 starting at 1:00 PM ET.

Brian Berg Jr. is a NASCAR writer for BehindPitRow.com.

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