No. 22 Discount Tire Ford Mustang – Paul Menard
Stage 1: 8th
Stage 2: 5th
Laps Completed: 200/200
Laps Led: 0
Owner Point Standings (behind first): 2nd (-16)
- Paul Menard finished eighth behind the wheel of the No. 22 Discount Tire Ford Mustang in Saturday afternoon’s Overton’s 300 at Chicagoland Speedway.
- Making his third start of 2018 for the No. 22 team, Menard kicked off the 300-mile event by qualifying his Ford Mustang in the fifth position. The veteran driver quickly worked his way to third by lap five.
- Throughout the first 45-lap stage, Menard fought a tight Ford Mustang and dropped back to the eighth position, where he would finish Stage 1.
- On the first scheduled pit stop, crew chief Brian Wilson called for major adjustments in an effort to loosen up the car. A fast stop by the pit crew would line Menard up sixth when the race went back to green on lap 50.
- The adjustment proved to help Menard on the short run, quickly gaining positions on the restart to move up to third. By lap 59, the Wisconsin-native was running the fastest laps on the track. But once again, during the course of the long run, the No. 22 Mustang began to fall off and was too tight center. Menard would end the second stage in the fifth position.
- Wilson called for more adjustments to help loosen up the No. 22 Ford. Another speedy stop by the Discount Tire pit crew would place Menard in the third position to start the final stage.
- Still battling a tight race car and long green-flag runs, Menard would fall back to the ninth position during the final stage of the 200-lap event. Despite continued adjustments, the Ford was still too tight and Menard would finish in the eighth position for his 99th career top-10 finish in the NASCAR XFINITY Series.
- The No. 22 Ford team remains second in owner points trailing the No. 18 of Joe Gibbs Racing by 16 markers.
Quote: “We were loose yesterday and we tightened it up but we fought tight all day long. We had really good drive off, just had to slow down too much in the corners. It is a little frustrating but I have one more race with these guys. It is a race we can win.”
TIL NEXT TIME, I AM STILL WORKING ON MY REDNECK!