DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – In his first action behind the wheel of the no. 21 car, Menard qualified 12th for the Daytona 500.
Paul Menard – No. 21 Omnicraft Ford Fusion – Qualified 12th
“I thought we had a little more that we didn’t get. We slowed down the second round and we are confused at that. We slowed down a tenth. Overall, we have a really fast Ford Fusion with Omnicraft on board and we will line up for the Duels on Thursday. I feel good about how we drafted yesterday. It looked like a lot of guys were out of control but our car handled really well, so hopefully it pays off.”
DOES THAT MEAN YOU ARE READY FOR THE DUELS? “Well, you can’t dictate what happens in the Duels. It is kind of a crap-shoot that way. I feel as good as I can going into it. If we didn’t have the handling that we had yesterday or if we lack the handling that we had, I will be a little more nervous, but right now I feel good about it.”
HOW HAVE THE FIRST FEW DAYS OF ACTIVITY WITH THE WOOD BROTHERS BEEN GOING? “It’s been great. It’s been a great off-season getting to know everybody. It’s been great so far.”
Note: Today’s single-car qualifying speed determines the top two starting spots in the Daytona 500. Two 60-lap, 150-mile races – Can Am Duels – on Thursday will set the remaining field for Sunday’s Daytona 500. Menard will race in Duel #2 and start sixth.