Track: New Hampshire Motor Speedway
Race: ROXOR 200
Date: July 20, 2019
No. 12 Menards/Richmond Ford Mustang – Paul Menard
Stage 1: 9th
Stage 2: 5th
Laps Completed: 200/200
Laps Led: 0
Driver Point Standings (behind first): N/A
- In his final NASCAR Xfinity Series start for 2019, Paul Menard earned a fifth-place finish in the ROXOR 200 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Menard collected his second top-five finish in 2019 (he placed fourth earlier at Michigan in June) and claimed his second top-five in eight starts at New Hampshire.
- Menard started fourth in the 200-lap race and immediately radioed to the Menards/Richmond team that his Ford Mustang was loose and that he needed grip everywhere on the track. Menard pitted for four fresh tires, fuel, and adjustments during the first caution on lap 33. He restarted 17th when the race went green on lap 37 and advanced his way up to ninth position when Stage 1 ended on lap 45. Crew chief Matt Swiderski made the call for Menard to stay out during the stage caution and take advantage of his track position.
- The race went green on lap 52 and soon thereafter Menard radioed his crew that the No. 12 Mustang was still a little loose. But as the laps ticked off and the segment drew to a close, the balance on the Menards/Richmond Ford improved. When Stage 2 ended on lap 90, Menard scored a respectable fifth-place finish. He pitted during the stage caution on lap 92 for four tires and multiple adjustments and restarted in seventh position when the race went green on lap 98.
- Menard battled hard with the NXS young guns and moved up to fifth by lap 150. The fifth and final caution waved on lap 155 when Menard and Harrison Burton made contact between Turns 1 and 2. Burton spun and tagged the outside wall and debris from the altercation brought out the caution. With no damage, Menard stayed out and restarted sixth on lap 158. He passed Chase Briscoe on lap 170 to grab fifth position. Try as he might, Menard couldn’t get closer to the front and was forced to settle for a top-five finish when the checkered flag flew on lap 200.
Quote: “We were really loose on short runs and then on long runs, it came in really nice. We just lost some track position by that point. I passed quite a few cars cleanly. A lot of these guys race really clean; some of them don’t. That’s just what the series is right now. Overall, I am proud of the effort our team put out today.”
TIL NEXT TIME, I AM STILL WORKING ON MY REDNECK!