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Team: Richard Childress Racing-27
Age / DOB:  (35) / 8/21/1980
Ht / Wt:  5'10 / 180

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Paul Menard earned a berth in the 25-driver 2015 NASCAR Sprint Unlimited exhibition event by virtue of being one of the 2015 Chase for the Sprint Cup drivers.
Menard will pilot chassis No. 496 in the race on Saturday evening. This #27 Chevrolet SS is brand new to the Richard Childress Racing stable. Menard has three Sprint Unlimited starts at Daytona. His best start, courtesy of a draw, is first (2009 and 2015) and best finish of 12th came in 2009. In the Sprint Unlimited, Menard has led nine laps of competition in two races.-RCR Feb 9 - 11:42 PM

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Paul Menard has a reputation as being a great place racer on the strength of eight top-10 finishes in 38 starts, but his overall numbers are a little less encouraging. His average finish of 21.5 places him 19th on the plate chart among fulltime, active drivers and makes him only average.

Menard can be a difficult pick most weeks on the big tracks because he hovers right in the middle. He could swing either direction and should only be on rosters when he is the best available driver in his cap range.
Feb 5 - 4:43 PM

Menards will continue its partnership with Richard Childress Racing's NASCAR XFINITY Series program as a primary sponsor for select races with both the No. 2 Chevrolet with Paul Menard and the No. 33 Chevrolet with Brandon Jones for the 2016 season.

Menard will drive the No. 2 Richmond/Menards Chevrolet Camaro for select events in 2016, while maintaining a full-time schedule in the No. 27 Sprint Cup entry for RCR. He is a three-time XFINITY Series race winner with five pole awards, 34 top-five and 87 top-10 finishes. Menard will kick off the season at Atlanta Motor Speedway, making his 200th XFINITY Series start. Danny Stockman will return as crew chief of the No. 2 Richmond/Menards Chevrolet team with Menard. The duo captured the win at Road America, earning Menard a victory in his home state of Wisconsin in 2015.-RCR
Jan 12 - 7:33 PM

Paul Menard surged early in 2015, but he faded at the wrong time of the season. Four of his five top-10s came before July with only one top-10 being earned during the Chase.

Moreover, that single top-10 came on the restrictor-plate Talladega SuperSpeedway, so Menard was not exactly predictable. His next three attempts were in the top 15 from Martinsville Speedway through Phoenix International Raceway, but he had already been eliminated from the Chase.
Wed, Dec 16, 2015 05:56:00 PM

Paul Menard (#27 Richmond/Menards Chevrolet SS) finished 21st in the November 22nd NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season-ending Ford EcoBoost 400 at Florida's Homestead-Miami Speedway.

He started 17th in the lineup and completed 266 laps of the 267-lap event. Menard, who competed in all of the season's 36 races, scored two top-fives, five top-10s and closed out the season 14th in the final 2015 Sprint Cup Series driver championship standings.
Fri, Nov 27, 2015 08:27:00 PM

Paul Menard has finished on the lead lap at Phoenix International Raceway in five of his last six attempts there. All but one of these races ended in top-20 finishes.

Menard’s best result in that span was a ninth in 2012; this spring he finished 14th. If he fits the final slot on one’s register, he should be a popular choice.
Fri, Nov 13, 2015 12:12:00 PM

Paul Menard finished sixth in last week’s 500 at Talladega SuperSpeedway and the momentum he brings to the track could help him earn a second career top-10 at Martinsville Speedway. His only other result in that range came in spring 2014 with a 10th.

Menard swept the top 15 last year and earned a 14th in the spring. He finished on the lead lap in both of those races, and has finished all but two laps in his last six Martinsville efforts. That suggests he will not cost fantasy owners very many points if he fails to finish in the top 15 again.
Thu, Oct 29, 2015 11:28:00 PM

Paul Menard finished sixth in the 500 at Talladega SuperSpeedway, which made him the highest finishing driver among those not current contending for the Chase for the Championship.

The Chase contenders are consistently among the most expensive drivers in the field, so Menard was one of the best values in the game this week.
Sun, Oct 25, 2015 09:15:00 PM

Paul Menard posted the quickest 10-lap average in the first practice session for the Bank of America 500 with a speed of 184.931 mph during his first 10 circuits on the track.

Only two drivers made long runs during this session, but Menard beat out Kurt Busch and that puts his performance in perspective. Now that the pressure of the Chase is off his shoulders, Menard will be a better value.
Thu, Oct 8, 2015 04:47:00 PM

Paul Menard has finished somewhere in the 20s in four of his last six Cup attempts. A 25th at Dover International Speedway in the AAA 400 that eliminated him from Chase contention.

In the first two races of the playoffs Menard stayed in contention with a 17th and 15th, but he has not scored a top-10 since Michigan International Speedway this June. One simply cannot keep the Chase field at bay with results like that.
Tue, Oct 6, 2015 04:37:00 PM

With the AAA 400 being set by points, Paul Menard will have his best starting position in eight Dover races. He will roll off the grid 14th as one of the Chase contenders.

This spring Menard started four positions further back and still managed to finish in the top 10 with an eighth. In this race last year, he improved three positions from his 19th-place start and finished 16th.
Fri, Oct 2, 2015 04:07:00 PM

Paul Menard kept himself in Chase contention with a 15th-place finish in the Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

Menard is only one point behind the 12th and final position to advance into the Contender round of the Chase for the Championship, but he needs to outrun Kyle Busch and Dale Earnhardt Jr., which is no small feat. Menard could also pass Jamie McMurray if that driver struggles at all, so Menard has a clear path to the next level.
Tue, Sep 29, 2015 10:10:00 PM

Along with his duties driving the No. 33 Richmond/Menards Chevrolet on Saturday, Paul Menard will pilot the No. 27 Pittsburgh Paints/Menards Chevrolet in the 400 on Sunday.

This weekend's Furious 7 300 marks Menards final XFINITY Series race for the 2015 season. To date, he has been entered in seven events this year earning one victory, two top-five and five top-10 finishes. Menard is credited with 24 laps led, coupled with a 7.0 average starting position and a 9.9 average finishing position.-Richard Childress Racing
Tue, Sep 15, 2015 10:16:00 PM

Paul Menard posted the seventh-quickest time in the final practice session for the Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond International Raceway and he is going to need that long-run magic. He qualified mid-pack and rolls off the grid 22nd for Saturday night’s race.

Menard’s last three starts at Richmond all got off to a much better starts with a worst qualification effort of 15th. His best finish was only 15th, however, and he needs a greater cushion to feel safe about making the Chase. Menard qualified 22nd in fall 2013 and finished fourth, so he hopes to duplicate that effort.
Fri, Sep 11, 2015 11:34:00 PM

Sprint Cup driver Paul Menard had the best 10-lap consecutive average speed in the XFINITY Series final practice for the VFW Sport Clips Help a Hero 200 at Darlington Raceway.

The average speed of 162.967 mph in the No. 33 Richmond/Menards Chevrolet Camaro was best of the 14 cars that ran 10 consecutive laps on the track for this final practice session. No. 20 Denny Hamlin, No. 88 Kevin Harvick, No. 1 Elliott Sadler and No. 2 Brian Scott are the rest of the top five on this list.
Sat, Sep 5, 2015 12:15:00 AM