MENARD TAKES ON RICHMOND: Paul Menard is set to make his second NASCAR Nationwide Series start of the 2011 season this weekend in the No. 33 Menards Chevrolet Impala at Richmond (Va.) International Raceway. In 10 previous starts, the Wisconsin native has collected two top-five and four top-10 finishes and has led 160 laps around the 0.75-mile D-shaped oval.
KHI SUCCESS: Kevin Harvick Inc. (KHI) co-owner Kevin Harvick is no stranger to victory lane in Richmond. The driver has five Nationwide Series wins at the Virginia track, including his most recent win in his own equipment last September.
PREVIOUS RACE RECAP: Austin Dillon made his KHI debut and his first start for 2011 in the NASCAR Nationwide Series last weekend at Nashville Superspeedway. After starting from the third position, Dillon powered the No. 33 Rheem Chevrolet to a seventh-place finish. The top 10 was the team’s sixth in eight races so far this season.
CHASSIS HISTORY: The No. 33 Menards team has prepared chassis No. 066 for this weekend’s event at Richmond International Raceway. This chassis has seen competition in two events this season. Harvick and the No. 33 KHI team collected a third-place finish at Phoenix International Raceway in February and brought home a sixth-place finish at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway in March..
MENARD’S THOUGHTS ON RICHMOND:
“I’m looking forward to getting back in the No. 33 Chevy this weekend and looking forward to racing at Richmond. I really like racing there and have had some good runs in the past. We had a great race at Texas a few weeks ago, so I’m looking forward to picking back up where we left off and getting another good run in with this KHI team.”