Paul Menard scored five top-15s in the last six flat track races of 2015, but failed to score a top-10. This year, he finished eighth in the STP 500 at Martinsville, but that is his only top-20 on minimally-banked courses. It would appear there was a price to pay for the top-10.
Paul Menard has earned three top-15s in five Kentucky Speedway starts. His last two efforts ended in exactly 15th, but he will need a little help to get another because he trended downward in weekend practice.
Paul Menard has been mostly solid on road courses in recent seasons with results of 17th or better in six of the past seven road course races. Five of those efforts ended in top-15s and one was a top-five.
Sprint Cup driver Paul Menard had the best 10-lap consecutive average speed in the XFINITY Series final practice for the Menards 250 at Michigan International Speedway.
Paul Menard has scored 11 consecutive top-15s on two-mile tracks. Eight of these were top-10s and four of them were fourth-place finishes, including a sweep of that position at Michigan International Speedway in 2014.
In 12 races this season, Paul Menard has scored one top-10 and one 11th-place finish in 12 starts this season. His 11th-place finish came at Dover International Speedway in the most recent Cup race.
Paul Menard had a four-race, top-20 streak going when he rolled into Texas Motor Speedway a month ago for the Duck Commander 500. He finished that race in 26th.
Paul Menard has one top-five, three more top-15s, and an average finish of slightly worse than 17th in his last four attempts at Richmond International Raceway. In that span of time, he has finished on the lead lap five times in eight attempts.
The last time NASCAR visited a short track two weeks ago at Martinsville Speedway, Paul Menard finished eighth. That was his first top-10 in the past nine starts on tracks less than a mile in length.
Paul Menard made a second attempt in the first round of qualification, but narrowly missed advancing into the top 24. With a lap of 192.417 mph, he was only 0.003 seconds slower than Kevin Harvick.
Paul Menard survived a conflict with his teammate Austin Dillon to finish eighth in the STP 500 at Martinsville Speedway.
Paul Menard has been the second-best closer in 2016 to Kurt Busch. In the final laps of the first five races this season, he has surged 19 spots. Busch’s mark is 20.
When he failed to finish last week at Phoenix International Raceway, it marked the first time in 32 races that Paul Menard has not been running at the end of a Cup race.
In nine NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts at the 1.5-mile Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Paul Menard (#27Dutch Boy/Menards Chevrolet SS) has one top-five and three top-10 finishes.