Richard Childress Racing
September 3, 2012
Paul Menard and the No. 27 Quaker State/Menards Team Bring Home Eighth-Place Finish at Atlanta Motor Speedway
"As the sun went down we got better, made the right adjustments and came away with another top 10. You always want more, but it was a solid night for this No. 27 team."
Start – 18 ?
Finish – 8 ?
Laps Led – 0
Points – 17
Paul Menard and the Quaker State/Menards Chevrolet team overcame handling issues early in Sunday’s AdvoCare 500 to finish eighth under the lights at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Starting from the 18th position, Menard maintained a spot in the top 20 while battling a loose-handling condition on the neon yellow and green machine. During routine pit stops under both yellow and green-flag conditions, crew chief Slugger Labbe called for a number of chassis, shock and air pressure adjustments to assist the Richard Childress Racing driver around the 1.54-mile race track. With each visit to pit road, the handling of the No. 27 Chevrolet improved. On two occasions during the 327-lap event, the Eau Claire, Wis., driver found himself a lap down to the leader, returning to the lead lap during the ensuing restarts by racing into the Lucky Dog position prior to each caution period. As the race neared the halfway point, Menard broke into the top 15 and reported the No. 27 machine was tight for the first five laps of the run and then began to turn well. On lap 270, an accident occurred just in front of the Quaker State/Menards Chevrolet, bringing out the fifth caution period of the evening. Scored in the ninth position following the melee, Menard drove to pit road and the No. 27 pit crew fired off a pit stop that catapulted the RCR team into the seventh spot for the lap-279 restart. Menard remained a fixture in the top 10 for the final 108 laps, including the green-white-checkered conclusion. The eighth-place finish marks the No. 27 team’s third consecutive top-10 finish.
PAUL MENARD QUOTE:
“We kept making the Quaker State/Menards Chevrolet better and better tonight. When we started off in the daylight, it wasn’t that good. As the sun went down we got better, made the right adjustments and came away with another top 10. You always want more, but it was a solid night for this No. 27 team.”