Brooklyn, Mich- It doesn’t get much better than the weekend Paul Menard had at the Michigan International Speedway. He won his third career NASCAR sanctioned race yesterday as he came up victorious in the NASCAR Nationwide Series event at the 2-mile oval. Then today, he finished fourth in the Quicken Loans 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race as it capped off a great Father’s Day weekend for the new dad.
“We had a solid car all weekend,” said Menard after the race. “Good Fathers Day weekend for sure. We needed some clean air in the end to be competitive.”
Menard, had a fast car in both series’ since they unloaded on Friday morning. He led both Nationwide Series practice sessions on Friday afternoon then qualified fifth for the Sprint Cup race later on that day.
On Saturday, he qualified fifth again for the Nationwide race in the morning then was quick in both Sprint Cup practice sessions. From there he won the race marking his first Nationwide victory since 2006 and first overall victory since the Brickyard 400 in 2011.
Today, he looked good all afternoon as he earned his second top five of the season and third top 10 in the last four races. His talent is really coming along as he could easily put himself in Chase contention by time that starts in September.
He’s also carrying the banner for Richard Childress Racing as his two top fives are the lone finishes there for the entire team. 2014 is definitely a season of hope for Menard.
Eric Smith is the Lead Motorsports Writer for Race Review Online. He’s covered both NASCAR and IndyCar action since 2010 and has been credentialed to many races around the country. He’s also recognized as an accredited member of the media by both NASCAR and IndyCar. Follow him on Twitter @ericsportsguru
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