NASCAR Sprint Cup Series - New Hampshire 301
July 19, 2015 - New Hampshire Motor Speedway - Loudon, NH
Paul Menard started Sunday's 301-lap NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event at New Hampshire Motor Speedway from the 28th position and battled throughout the day to ultimately finish 25th. In the opening laps, Menard radioed to crew chief Justin Alexander that the No. 27 Chevrolet was tight through the center of the turns. Alexander called for two tires, fuel and a wedge adjustment on lap 22 to help remedy the condition. The Eau Claire, Wisconsin native continued to battle tight-handling conditions but strategy by Alexander kept him on track until the lap 96 caution, gaining 17 spots by staying out during green-flag pit stops. Four tires, fuel and a wedge adjustment on lap 104 made positive changes for the Richard Childress Racing team and had Menard racing within the top 15. Trouble came on lap 196 when a competitor got too close to the No. 27 Chevy, causing a tire rub on the Richmond/Menards Chevy which brought Menard to pit road. After making multiple repairs on pit road and battling back from one lap down, the Alexander-led team saw Menard cross the finish line in 25th. This finish moves Menard to 14th in the driver points standings. Up next for the No. 27 team is Sunday's event at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
My guys fought hard for me today and made a lot of good adjustments on pit road. The car was just tight all day but Justin (Alexander, crew chief) made good changes and had it tuned in after our second pit stop. Then we got a tire rub and had to fight back from that. I'm proud of my team for not giving up. We'll keep chipping at it. - Paul Menard
Start - 28, Finish - 25, Laps Led - 0, Owner's Points - 14