The last time Eau Claire’s Paul Menard tasted victory on any NASCAR circuit, you have to go back to June of 2014 at Michigan in the Xfinity series’ Great Clips 250. Menard, driving a limited Xfinity schedule this year, but making a return in his home state at the Road America 180 in Elkhart Lake.
With three laps to go, Menard finds himself in the lead. Behind him, Ryan Blaney slips in front of Darrell Wallace Jr. to take over the second spot. Final lap now, Menard and Blaney separate themselves from the pack. But it’s Menard, driving the Richard Childress number 33, who would hold off the 22 Ford to take the checkered flag. Eau Claire’s Paul Menard holds off Ryan Blaney for his 3rd career Xfinity series win. Adding road America to his list of victories.
Menard: “They’re all tracks that I grew up at, you know I spent a lot of time here as a kid riding around in ATV’s. You know I got here Thursday night and rode around in an ATV just kind of being nostalgic so these guys just called a great race. We didn’t have the fastest car. We had a really good short run car, really burned off the rear tires as we ran but the Richmond Water Heater Chevrolet was fast and Stockman made a hell of a call at the end.”