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Paul Menard |

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

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All of the Chase contending drivers lacking wins need to be careful this week at Darlington Raceway. One bad finish, coupled with a victory by a unique winner, could knock them out of contention and Paul Menard was scored 41st in last year’s Bojangles' Southern 500 after suffering crash damage.
That was only the second time in eight starts on this track that Menard was involved in a notable accident. He was also bent up in 2010, but has managed to reach the checkers in every race he started. Sep 3 - 4:17 PM

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Sprint Cup driver Paul Menard won the Road America 180 Fired Up by Johnsonville, his third victory in 197 NASCAR XFINITY Series (NXS) races.

This is the No. 33 Richmond/Menards Chevrolet Camaro driver's first victory and fifth top-10 NXS finish in 2015. It is his first victory and first top-10 finish in two NXS races at Road America. Menard started eighth in the lineup and led nine of the 45 laps run on the 4.048-mile road course in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin.
Aug 29 - 8:05 PM

Sprint Cup driver Paul Menard (No. 33 Richmond/Menards Chevrolet Camaro) tops the speed chart in the Final Practice session for the XFINITY Series Road America 180 at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin.

He ran a fast lap of 108.202 mph. No. 54 Boris Said, No. 9 Chase Elliott, No. 22 Ryan Blaney and No. 3 Ty Dillon round out the top-five of the 33 cars out on the track. The No. 89 Chevrolet driven by Morgan Shepherd was the slowest in the final practice session.
Aug 28 - 8:09 PM

Sprint Cup driver Paul Menard has one previous NASCAR XFINITY Series start at Road America where he started eighth and finished 16th.

In 2001, Menard visited Victory Lane at Road America in the NASCAR Midwest Series after starting third and leading for 12 laps. He has accumulated 14 road course starts in the XFINITY Series, collecting three top-five and eight top-10 finishes, coupled with a 9.9 average starting position and a 13.1 average finishing position. This week's No. 33 Richmond/Menards chassis (No. 163) has an average starting position of 7.6 and an average finishing position of 8.6.-Richard Childress Racing
Aug 26 - 12:50 PM

Paul Menard joined the list of drivers with off-road excursions at Sonoma Raceway. He drove into the dirt with about 30 minutes remaining in the first practice session in turn two.

Menard was looking for just a little more speed to crack the top 10. At the time of his incident, he was 11th on the speed chart with a lap of 93.897 mph.
Jun 26 - 4:29 PM

Paul Menard finished fifth in last year’s Toyota / Save Mart 350 at Sonoma Raceway. That was not only his first top-10 on a road course, but just his third top-15 in 20 starts on the two combined courses.

Menard has some experience in the Trans Am series and was considered a sleeper on the twisty tracks for many years. As soon as he was overlooked, his results improved, but he was back to his old form at Watkins Glen International last August and finished three laps off the pace. His record is too erratic to make any firm predictions this week and he should be regarded a race day decision.
Jun 23 - 6:59 PM

Paul Menard entered the Quicken Loans 400 weekend with three consecutive fourth-place finishes. He failed to keep that streak alive, but finished strong with an eighth-place result.

This will continue to make Menard a strong contender when the series rolls back into the Irish Hills in August. Drivers with strong records on individual tracks make good dark horses.
Jun 14 - 8:50 PM

Paul Menard has been one of the most consistent drivers at Michigan International Speedway. He enters the weekend with three consecutive fourth-place finishes in his last three starts, plus another fourth in June 2011.

Menard is coming off a disappointing 31st-place finish last week at Pocono Raceway and that could cause him to fly under the radar screen. If he is not very popular in a fantasy owner’s league, he could represent a great differentiator.
Jun 12 - 11:50 AM

Paul Menard finished eighth in the FedEx 400 benefiting Autism Speaks at Dover International Speedway, which was his sixth consecutive top-20 finish. He has one top-five and two top-10s in that span of races.

Menard is rarely the anchor for one’s roster, but he is unlikely to cost players a lot of points. This makes him a great utility pick for the final slot until his results begin to slip.
May 31 - 8:53 PM

Paul Menard has been consistent and occasionally strong at Dover in recent seasons. He enters the FedEx 400 with four consecutive top-20s and a best of 10th in this event last spring.

Menard’s worst finish at Dover in the past three years was a 24th and he has an average of 17th. He should finish in that range again on Sunday and that predictability allows players to formulate a strategy.
May 27 - 12:37 PM

For the Coca-Cola 600, Paul Menard qualified within one spot of his grid position in the SpongeBob 400. Last week at Kansas Speedway he finished 18th after starting 22nd. At Charlotte Motor Speedway he rolls off the grid 23rd.

Menard’s consistency in time trials stretches back to last May when he qualified 21st for the 2014 edition of the Coke 600; he finished eighth in that event. It is difficult to predict top-10s, but fantasy owners can expect a respectable run for Menard.
May 23 - 10:17 AM

Paul Menard will lead the field to green in Friday night’s Sprint Showdown. His top speed was 189.673 mph, which narrowly edged Greg Biffle. This race has been won from the pole six times.

The Showdown is a short, flat-out sprint and the winner is likely to come from the front of the pack. Menard’s solid practice speeds make him one of the favorites to win this exhibition race and move on to Saturday night’s all-star event.
May 15 - 4:53 PM

Paul Menard recorded the second-quickest, 10-lap average in practice for the Sprint Showdown with a 184.816 mph from his laps 26 through 35.

Menard also posted the fourth-fastest time in that session, which puts him in the same category as Dillon as one of the favorites to race into the 2015 all-star race.
May 15 - 3:04 PM

Paul Menard has been an all or nothing driver since the 2014 season finale. In three of the last 11 races, he has finished in the top five but those are his only top-10s.

Menard is 11th in the points based on consistent results just outside the top 10 and that has made him an important part of the fantasy landscape. With top-10s in four of his last five Kansas races, he might be able to score back-to-back top-10s for the first time since last summer when he finished fourth at Michigan International Speedway and ninth at Bristol Motor Speedway.
May 8 - 12:36 PM

Paul Menard finished third in the Geico 500. He has periodically been a great pick on this plate track and earned a top-five in the fall 2013 Camping World RV Sales 500 on this track. He had to wait until this race to get another.

Menard came close at Talladega last fall with a sixth. That gives him three top-six finishes in the last four races on this track, so players should make a note to start him this fall at ‘Dega.
May 3 - 5:13 PM