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Menard wrecks as New Hampshire testing concludes

July 02, 2014, Staff report, NASCAR.com

Menard wrecks as New Hampshire testing concludes
Driver OK after getting into wall; series returns to track next week

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Richard Childress Racing driver Paul Menard crumpled the left side of his No. 27 Chevrolet in a wreck at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Wednesday and eventually needed a wrecker to haul his battered car off the track.

Menard was one of five drivers taking part in a two-day test session at New Hampshire, along with RCR's Austin Dillon and Ryan Newman and Michael Waltrip Racing's Clint Bowyer and Brian Vickers. He wasn't injured in the crash.

Crew chief Slugger Labbe said Menard's left rear tire went down, causing the wreck.

 

Wednesday's session was the final planned on-track time before drivers head to Daytona for this weekend's race. The series returns to the unique 1.058-mile track next week for the Camping World RV Sales 301. Menard's best finish in 14 Cup starts at the track is 12th in 2012.

Other notable story lines from the drivers at the test:

• Dillon will attempt to put the No. 3 in Victory Lane for the first time at the track.

• Vickers returns to the scene of his most recent Cup win, a 2013 triumph that led to his current status as a full-time driver for MWR.

• Bowyer has two wins at New Hampshire, both during the Chase race in the fall.

As the video below shows, testing ended early on Wednesday.

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