Paul Menard once again got caught up in some racing incidents but shrugged it off and battled to a 14th place showing at the Folds of Honor Quick Trip 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway on Sunday (February 24).
Debris caused some front end damage to Menard’s #21 Wood Brothers Menards/Moen Team Ford Mustang, near the end of the second stage.
Menard’s crew was able to fix the damage with minimal aerodynamic effect but contact with a lapped vehicle caused further damage a short time later.
The Wood Brothers press release said Menard took the wave around after the final caution of the race and as a result was unable to enter the pits and he ultimately needed to put under green flag conditions and fell a lap down.
Menard took the result and stride and praised his crew, led by Greg Erwin who worked hard to keep him and his damaged vehicle in the race.
“Greg made good adjustments and got the car a lot better” said team owner Eddie Wood in the team press release. “It was really good at the end which allowed Paul to pick up several positions on that last run.”
The Atlanta finish moved Menard to 21st position in points and he will look to improve on that again when the team takes the track this weekend at the Pennzoil Oil 400 at Las Vegas Speedway. Cars will have a single practice Friday at 2:05 (CST) before qualifying under the lights at 6:40 p.m. There will be a couple of practice sessions on Saturday at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. with the race going green Sunday at 2:30 p.m.
All practice sessions and qualifying can be seen on FS1 and the race will run on Fox.