Menard’s top-five “was a team effort”
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Paul Menard talks in the garage area at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in 2014. Menard scored his first top-five effort of 2015 Sunday at Auto Club Speedway.
Recording his first top-five finish of 2015 on Sunday at Auto Club Speedway, Paul Menard credited his Richard Childress Racing team for the fourth place effort.
“We’re learning,” Menard said post-race. “We haven’t had any bad runs, but we haven’t been running the way we wanted to, but this goes a long ways toward to building to be better throughout the year.
“It was a team effort. We did a lot of thinking and a lot of adjusting last night and this morning and definitely made some good gains. We made quite a few adjustments during the race.”
The finish propelled Menard to ninth in driver points, 32 markers ahead of the Chase for the Sprint Cup cutoff. He remains one of four drivers to finish on the lead lap in all five events this season.
Menard, who started eleventh, talked about the ever-changing adjustments his team would make during pit stops.
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Paul Menard leads Alex Kennedy and Carl Edwards at Phoenix International Raceway.
“Every time we came down pit road we tried to get it a little bit better,” he said. “90 percent of the adjustments were for the better and a couple of them were not. You live and learn, but overall a team effort. Really proud of my guys, they busted their tails this weekend and got a good finish to show for it.”
Menard will enter his eleventh race with crew chief Justin Alexander at Martinsville Speedway next Sunday. In 15 starts at the Virginia short track, Menard has posted one top-ten finish, a tenth place run in last year’s March event. The RCR driver has also finished on the lead lap in four of the last five Martinsville events.