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Paul Menard

Team: Richard Childress Racing-27
Age / DOB:  (37) / 8/21/1980
Ht / Wt:  5'10 / 180

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In addition to driving his regular No. 27 Chevrolet SS in Saturday night's Federated Auto Parts 400, Paul Menard will return to the NASCAR XFINITY Series (NXS) this weekend at Richmond (VA) Raceway in the No. 2 Richmond/Menards Chevrolet Camaro.
Menard has made 11 NXS starts at Richmond since his first event in 2004. During that time, Menard has recorded three top-five and five top-10 finishes, led 160 laps, has an average start of 16.3 and has an average finish of 16.2. This will be Menard's first NXS start at Richmond since 2011, when he finished second. It will be his seventh and final NXS start in the No. 2.-Richard Childress Racing Sep 6 - 1:04 PM

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The iconic No. 21 Ford Fusion race car of Wood Brothers Racing will have a new face behind the wheel in 2018, but for 14 races it will have a very familiar look to race fans as Motorcraft and Quick Lane Tire and Auto Centers return as major sponsors of the team for the 18th season.

It was announced last month that Paul Menard, a 14-year NASCAR Cup veteran, will replace Ryan Blaney as driver of the No. 21 car. Blaney will transition to a third full-time Cup Fusion with Team Penske in 2018. Menard, the 2011 Brickyard 400 winner, also will have Menards sponsorship on the No. 21 car for 22 races. In more than 380 career Cup races Menard has posted 19 top-five and 58 top-10 finishes.-Wood Brothers Racing
Aug 29 - 4:31 PM

In addition to driving his regular No. 27 Chevrolet SS in Sunday's Cup Series I Love New York 355, Paul Menard will return to the NASCAR XFINITY Series (NXS) this weekend at Watkins Glen Int'l in the No. 2 Richmond/Menards Chevrolet Camaro.

Menard has competed in 10 NASCAR XFINITY Series starts at The Glen. The veteran driver has two top-five and seven top-10 finishes at WGI, including a runner-up finish in last year's event.-Richard Childress Racing
Aug 2 - 11:48 AM

Wood Brothers Racing, the oldest active NASCAR team and one of the winning-est teams in series history, and veteran driver Paul Menard, will join forces for the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (MENCS) season, the two parties announced today.

The new partnership will see the team continue to compete full time for the coming seasons with Menard driving the legendary No. 21 Ford Fusion. Menards, the industry-leading home improvement store company, will sponsor the No. 21 Ford for 22 MENCS races. Additional sponsorship, including plans for long-time partner Motorcraft/Quick Lane, will be announced at a later date.-Wood Brothers Racing
Jul 26 - 11:22 AM

Statement from Chairman & CEO Richard Childress, regarding Paul Menard & Menards Inc.: "Paul Menard and Menards, Inc. have had a partnership with RCR for seven years. Together, we have enjoyed a tremendous amount of success, including Paul's emotional win at Indianapolis in 2011. He is a very talented driver and a good friend."

"Everyone at RCR wishes both Paul and Menards nothing but the best in the future. Our entire RCR organization is 100 percent focused on getting all three of our Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series programs in the playoffs this year, and bringing another Cup championship to RCR in 2017. We will be announcing our plans for a third Cup team and our overall 2018 team lineup at a later date."-RCR
Jul 26 - 10:56 AM

In addition to driving his regular No. 27 Chevrolet SS in Sunday's Cup Series Brickyard 400, Paul Menard will return to the NASCAR XFINITY Series (NXS) this weekend at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in the No. 2 Richmond/Menards Chevrolet Camaro.

Menard has competed in five NXS Series events at the 2.5-mile IMS, finishing inside the top 10 in each start and completing every lap he has attempted. Menard has back-to-back top-five finishes at IMS, along with an average starting position of 8.2 and an average finish of 5.4.-Richard Childress Racing
Jul 20 - 4:01 PM

In addition to driving his regular No. 27 Chevrolet SS in Saturday night's Cup Series Quaker State 400, Paul Menard will return to the NASCAR XFINITY Series this weekend at Kentucky Speedway in the No. 2 Richmond/Menards Chevrolet Camaro.

Menard has competed in six NASCAR XFINITY Series events at the 1.5-mile track. He has two top-five and four top-10 finishes, with his best start of third coming in June 2014 and a finish of fourth occurring during that same event. The Wisconsin native has an average start of 8.5 and an average finish of 11.7.-Richard Childress Racing
Jul 5 - 12:01 PM

Paul Menard finished third in the Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway to record his third restrictor-plate, superspeedway top-10 in three races on this track type.

Menard was incredibly affordable in salary cap games, and was a top dark horse pick. He qualified 24th, which means he added 21 place-differential points to his fantasy owners’ totals.
Jul 1 - 11:39 PM

In addition to driving his regular No. 27 Chevrolet SS in Sunday's Cup Series FireKeepers Casino 400, Paul Menard will return to the NASCAR XFINITY Series this weekend at Michigan Int’l Speedway in the No. 2 Richmond/Menards Chevrolet Camaro.

This year will mark his 12th consecutive NXS race at Michigan. In his 11 previous starts at the two-mile track, Menard has accumulated one win (2014), one pole award (2011) and has led 78 laps. Menard has five top-five finishes and seven top-10 finishes in the series at Michigan. He has also started 21 Cup Series races at MIS. He has tied his best finish of fourth four times and has two other top-10 finishes.-Richard Childress Racing
Jun 14 - 8:09 PM

In addition to driving his regular No. 27 Chevrolet SS in Sunday's Cup Series Pocono 400, Paul Menard will return to the NASCAR XFINITY Series this weekend at Pocono Raceway in the No. 2 Richmond/Menards Chevrolet.

Menard's last appearance in the series was at Auto Club Speedway back in March. He ran in the series' inaugural race last year at Pocono and finished in seventh place. Menard has 20 previous starts at the "Tricky Triangle" in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, and he recorded his best finish of ninth place in 2012. -Richard Childress Racing
Jun 7 - 2:26 PM

Paul Menard finished ninth in the Geico 500 at Talladega SuperSpeedway, which was his second top-15 of the season.

Menard’s other top-15 came at Daytona International Speedway in the season-opening race. He finished fifth on the other restrictor-plate, superspeedway track. He needs to show greater strength on other course types before he becomes a place-and-hold driver.
May 7 - 7:53 PM

Paul Menard has not scored a top-15 finish since the series rolled out of Daytona International Speedway.

Menard has not been a terrible fantasy value with two 19th-place finishes and a 21st in the past six races, but his other results have been 25th or worse. It will be difficult to trust him until he finds a way to develop some consistency.
Apr 16 - 12:09 PM

Paul Menard has taken two steps forward and one step back in his last six attempts at Martinsville with a pair of top-15s followed by a 20-something result.

In those cycles, Menard has earned a top-10, mid-teens, and mid-20s finish in a rhythm that suggests—if it repeats itself—he should be on target to earn a top-15 in this week’s STP 500.
Mar 30 - 11:08 PM

Paul Menard has been mostly good, very consistent, but is currently trending down on two-mile tracks.

Menard had six consecutive top-10s on this track type from 2013 through spring 2015. That summer, he fell to 12th at Michigan, was 15th last spring at Auto Club, and now has a pair of 18ths in his latest two races. Still, he enters this week’s contest with 13 consecutive results of 18th or better on two-milers. All of them have ended on the lead lap.
Mar 24 - 1:35 PM

In addition to driving his regular No. 27 Chevrolet SS in Sunday's Cup Series Auto Club 400, Paul Menard will pilot the No. 2 Richmond/Menards Chevrolet Camaro in the NASCAR XFINITY Series (NXS) Service King 300 at Auto Club Speedway (ACS) on Saturday.

Menard has competed in 10 NXS events at the 2-mile track. He has one top-five and two top-10 finishes with his best start of seventh in October 2010 and finish of fourth in September 2006. The Wisconsin native has completed 97.9 percent of laps in competition with seven of them as the race leader.-Richard Childress Racing
Mar 22 - 10:24 PM