NASCAR Sprint Cup Series - Texas AAA 500
November 3, 2013 - Texas Motor Speedway
Paul Menard, No. 27
Paul Menard will pilot chassis No. 427 at Texas Motor Speedway. This No. 27 Chevrolet SS was previously run this season at Kansas Speedway, Michigan International Speedway and Pocono Raceway. It was also utilized in a two-day test session at Texas last week. Menard has 14 starts at Texas Motor Speedway. His best start of fourth and best finish of fifth came in 2011. The Wisconsin native has completed 4,502 of 4,687 laps attempted (96.1 percent) at the 1.5-mile oval, leading two of them. Menard started in the 27th position in last year's AAA Texas 500 and ultimately finished 27th after struggling with handling issues throughout the event.
I'm excited to go back to Texas Motor Speedway. We tested there for a couple of days last week, and I feel like we learned a lot that we can apply to the Quaker/State Menards Chevrolet this weekend. We had a good car there in the spring, but had a mechanical issue late in the race that prevented us from finishing well. Texas is a track that has a lot of character to it, with a lot of bumps. It's a fun, fast 1.5-mile race track and after all the testing we did last week I feel good about our chances on Sunday. Racing will be tough this weekend with the season winding down; everyone wants to finish out the season with a win. - Paul Menard
ESPN's live coverage from Texas Motor Speedway begins Sunday, Nov. 3 at 2 p.m. Eastern Time. The race will also be broadcast on the Performance Racing Network and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio, channel 90.