NASCAR KC Masterpiece 400
Menards Takes Sixth-Place Finish at NASCAR KC Masterpiece 400
Paul Menard and the No. 21 Menards/Atlas team put a couple of disappointing weekends in the rearview mirror on Saturday night, May 12 at Kansas Speedway. The Menards team rebounded in a big way by qualifying among the top 12 and coming away with a sixth-place finish in the KC Masterpiece 400.
The entire race weekend played out drama-free for the team, just as Menard hoped it would.
“It was just an uneventful race and a solid weekend,” he said in his post-race comments. “We had good preparation with the car, good [pit] stops, good adjustments.”
Menard started 11th and was never far from the top 10 throughout the 400-mile race. He and his team, led by crew chief Greg Erwin, were able to improve Menards/Atlas Fusion throughout the night, with adjustments on pit stops making the No. 21 Fusion faster after each stop.
After a 13-minute red-flag period, racing resumed and Menard zoomed from eighth place to sixth at the checkered flag.
“We made some good adjustments coming into [Saturday night] and kept working on it all night long,” Menard said. “The track changed a lot as the sun went down. We kind of saved our best for last, I guess.”
The Atlas team showed up with enthusiasm to cheer Menard on as he drove No. 21 to the finish line decked out in Atlas gear.
“It was a great experience to participate in pre-race activities and get a chance to watch the race up close and personal in the pit,” said Stan Bastek, Director of Marketing and Sales Development for Atlas Roofing Corporation. “This is what the Asphalt Life is all about.”
Eddie Wood, co-owner of Wood Brothers Racing, said he was glad to have a good run on a day in which sponsor Atlas was well represented at the track.
“We had a huge group at hospitality before the race and really enjoyed meeting everybody from Atlas,” Wood said. “And they were with us in the pits for the race, so it made having a good race and a good finish even more special.”
Menard tied his season-best finish in the Daytona 500 and recorded his third top-10 finish in the 12 races to date.
His 31 points earned at Kansas allowed him to move up three positions in the standings to 18th place heading into the All-Star Weekend at Charlotte Motor Speedway.