NASCAR XFINITY Series - Zippo 200
August 8, 2015 - Watkins Glen International - Watkins Glen, NY
Paul Menard will pilot chassis No. 116 in the Zippo 200 at The Glen. This Richard Childress Racing-prepared Chevrolet Camaro is new for the 2015 season and has an average starting position of 5.7 and an average finishing position of eighth.
The Eau Claire, Wis., native driver has made eight NASCAR XFINITY Series starts at The Glen, collecting one top-five and five top-10 finishes. Menard has an average starting position of 10.9, an average finishing position of 12.4 and led for a total of three laps.
Last weekend, the XFINITY Series visited Iowa Speedway for the 18th race of the 2015 season. Brandon Jones qualified the FVP/Menards Chevrolet fourth for the scheduled 250-lap event. After running within the top 10 for the majority of the race, Jones made contact with another competitor on lap 231 and sustained damage to the No. 33 entry. The 18-year-old driver was able to finish the remainder of the event on the lead lap crossing the finish line in the 20th position.
So far this season, the No. 33 team has accumulated some impressive stats with Menard, Austin Dillon and Brandon Jones. In 19 races, the RCR team has garnered three wins, five pole awards, 10 top-five and 14 top-10 finishes with 418 laps led.
Following this weekend's 82-lap affair, Brandon Jones will return to the driver's seat of the No. 33 Chevrolet for the next two consecutive races at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course and Bristol Motor Speedway.
You raced at Sonoma Raceway earlier this year in the Sprint Cup Series event. What's the difference there versus Watkins Glen International?
At a place like Watkins Glen there are better passing opportunities than somewhere like Sonoma. I think historically you see more wrecks at Sonoma, where at Watkins Glen you can get by a guy if you're faster than him. It's a fun road course and it can be really hard to pass. Obviously the harder it is to pass, the more track position means so you try to get all you can on the restarts. It has really high speeds and the setup is a lot different than you would run at Sonoma, which all makes for an interesting weekend. - Paul Menard
Coverage of this weekend's XFINITY Series event at The Glen will be televised live on Saturday, August 8, beginning at 3 p.m. Eastern Time on NBC Sports Network. It will also be broadcast live on the Motor Racing Network and SiriusXM channel 90.