Paul Menard and Wood Brothers Racing are prepared to tame both left and right turn this weekend.
This time it’s the Charlotte Motor Speedway’s Roval Course as they seek to finish between the Top 10 and 15 on a regular basis.
His Charlotte Motor Speedway Record
Back in May, Menard did come home okay in 14th place having remained there throughout the night.
So did throughout last year where he came home 13th in May followed by 19th in the previous Charlotte Fall race.
Three Top 20s are coming in the bag over the last two years out of Paul Menard’s recent stints in Concord, NC.
Or Four Top 15s out of the last five races except finishing 24th in late 2016.
In his May record, he did finish five straight Top 15s over the last five Coca-Cola 600 races which are good.
Plus Menard has two Top 10s at the same time during 2010 & 2014.
Apart from that, his Fall race record only needs some improvement having last finished 17th in 2011 & no Top 10s there.
Between late 2012-16, he always finished in regular Top 25 & the 30s until coming home in 19th 12 months ago.
So a great chance for him this weekend to back up two Top 20s in a single year.
The last time he repeated that feat was in 2011 when he first rode for Richard Childress Racing.
The coincidence could mean the same scenario this time with Wood Brothers Racing.
- 23 Starts
- 7827 of 8309 Laps Completed, 94.2%
- Five Laps Led
- Two Top 10, 8.7%
- Average Start: 20 & Finish: 22.3
- DNF: Three
His Road Course Record so far in 2018
Three months ago, Menard came home in 26th from 15th in Sonoma, one lap down.
Fast forward to Watkins Glen, and he finished 28th from 37th.
So that’s a bummer compared to last year.
That’s where he came close to a Top 10 in 11th from Sonoma followed by 17th at Watkins Glen.
This time, no Top 15 or 20s yet on a road course yet.
But he can still get a chance to snatch one even on a Top 10 high this weekend.
Paul Menard’s 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Season.
- 28 Starts
- 7051 of 7861 laps completed, 89.7%
- 12 Laps led
- Highest Qualifying Spot: 1st, June 2018 in Chicago
- Best Finish: 5th, June 2018 in Michigan
- One Top 5, 3.6%
- Six Top 10 Finishes, 21.4%
- Average Start: 16.2 & Finish: 18.6
- DNFs: Four, Crash (Phoenix, Texas, Talladega & Bristol 2).
- He currently sits 18th in the Drivers’ Standings with 566 points.
- 6th, Daytona 500
- 17th, Atlanta
- 9th, Las Vegas
- 36th, Phoenix
- 19th, Fontana
- 13th, Martinsville
- 30th, Texas
- 13th, Bristol
- 24th, Richmond
- 30th, Talladega
- 34th, Dover
- 6th, Kansas
- 14th, Charlotte
- 11th, Pocono
- 5th, Michigan
- 26th, Sonoma
- 13th, Chicagoland
- 28th, Daytona 2
- 11th, Kentucky
- 17th, New Hampshire
- 21st, Pocono 2
- 28th, Watkins Glen
- 16th, Michigan 2
- 36th, Bristol 2
- 17th, Darlington
- 9th, Indianapolis
- 10th, Las Vegas 2
- 22nd, Richmond 2
The only kind of mistakes that held them back in the late race mistakes on pit road.
It’s a shame that Menard had to serve a penalty for speeding & couldn’t recover from the hard work built earlier on.
Don’t forget he ran over a piece of debris which cost them some time.
If not, then Menard would’ve slipped over and ended his night early.
Apart from that, he had a mistake-free night running in and out of the Top 20.
If you remove the mistake, then Menard would’ve had a great night finishing closer to the Top 15.
What they have to do this time is improving on all sessions:
- Race Day
Regular Top 15 qualifying runs would be a big step forward.
With a much reliable race car, if Menard can get ahead of the pack and get some cleaner air, then he’ll be fine all day.
He’s made two Top 10s over the first two in the last three races until last week.
Now, he’s looking to break back here again.
But for this to happen, the hard work has to go from A to Z before building their way towards the Top 7 and so on.
There’s still some time for Menard to make a brilliant impact having scored One Top 5 & Six Top 10s in 28 races.
So Wood Brothers Racing are doing everything possible to get the No.21 Ford Fusion Top 10 ready before Menard’s prepared to meet both of his and the team’s expectations.
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