Richard Childress Racing
February 24, 2012
Paul Menard Collected In Early Accident, Finishes 24th in First Duel 150 Qualifying Race
Paul Menard started the first Duel 150 qualifying race from the eighth position, but found himself watching the final laps from the transporter lounge after being collected in a multi-car accident.
Start – 8
Finish – 24
Laps Led – 0
Paul Menard started the first Duel 150 qualifying race from the eighth position, but found himself watching the final laps from the transporter lounge after being collected in a multi-car accident. A victim of being in the wrong place at the wrong time once again at Daytona International Speedway, the Eau Claire, Wis., native drove the No. 27 PEAK/Menards Chevrolet up to the second position before dropping back to 13th where he was running when he was caught in the lap-eight melee, relegating him to a 24th-place result. Menard will start Sunday’s 54th running of the Daytona 500 from the 37th position.
PAUL MENARD QUOTE:
“It looked like somebody turned (David) Gilliland. I tried to clear him. I kept my foot on the gas and just missed escaping the wreck by a little bit. We tore up two really good race cars so far, and not by our doing. I’m concerned we’re not going to finish the Daytona 500. I think there is a chance we may ride around in the back and try to be there at the end. I think we’ll all breathe a sigh of relief if we can get past lap eight on Sunday. We are two for two in being knocked out on that lap here.”