Menard finishes ninth in Daytona 500, best ever finishWisconsin Sports
-- Paul Menard of Eau Claire took ninth place in yesterday's NASCAR Daytona-500. It was his best showing in four starts in the Great American Race.
DAYTONA, Fla. - Paul Menard of Eau Claire took ninth place in yesterday's NASCAR Daytona-500. It was his best showing in four starts in the Great American Race.
And Menard was the only one of the three Wisconsin drivers whose day did not end in an accident. The race set a Daytona record with 16 cautions. Travis Kvapil of Janesville was knocked out on the 154th of the 208 laps. Kvapil finished 32nd after starting 40th. He got into a pair of crashes. Matt Kenseth of Cambridge, who started ninth, ended up 34th after a crash on his 134th lap. He was involved in the day’s first major pile-up – and he spun out and crashed again.
The race went eight laps beyond its scheduled 200 due all the crashes. It needed two green-white-checkered finishes before Trevor Bayne finally won. At 20, he's the youngest winner at Daytona. It was just his second Sprint Cup race.