Breaking down Menard’s Talladega run
By James Jackson
May 1, 2018
In several categories, Paul Menard had a lot to be proud of at Talladega Superspeedway.
Menard claimed victory in Stage 2 of the GEICO 500 Sunday. The Wood Brothers Racing driver became the 15th driver in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series to win a stage since the introduction of stage racing in 2017.
In addition, Menard led a total of eight laps, the most laps he has led in a Cup Series race since Martinsville in April of 2016, 76 races ago.
Paul Menard qualified in 13th position for Sunday’s GEICO 500 at Talladega Superspeedway.
Menard raced his way up the pack and challenged for the lead multiple times. Menard finished Stage 1 in fifth and collected six stage points.
The day, however, ended when Menard was collected in “The Big One” on lap 166, resulting in a 30th-place run.
“It is so hard to get back forward,” Menard said. “We went for the top and that wasn’t working so we went to the bottom and started going forward but the 48 just cut across the 24 from what I saw and caused a big wreck.”
The next race is at Dover International Speedway, where Menard enters 19th in driver’s standings, 11 points behind behind the playoff cutline..