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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A blown engine dropped Paul Menard 10 positions in the point standings and has the No. 27 team on the cusp of falling out of championship contention. He now sits 16th and holds a one-point lead over Danica Patrick—the driver currently 17th.
Entering the STP 500, Paul Menard had completed every lap of competition this season. He sustained crash damage on two occasions, but still managed to finish only one lap off the pace at Martinsville. He was 23rd.
Paul Menard finished fourth in the Auto Club 400. It was his first top-10 of the season, but his fourth consecutive top-15.
Paul Menard has finished worse than he qualified at Phoenix in 75 percent of his stars, including the most recent six attempts.
Paul Menard has finished on the lead lap three times in four previous Atlanta attempts with Richard Childress Racing. His best result with this team was an eighth in 2012.
In addition to driving the No. 27 Duracell/Menards Chevrolet SS in Sunday afternoon's Sprint Cup race, Paul Menard will pilot the No. 33 Richmond/Menards Chevrolet Camaro in the NASCAR XFINITY Series event on Saturday afternoon.
For Paul Menard, 2014 was a Tale of Two Seasons. In the first half of the year he scored top-10s in 50 percent of his starts and had a few more top-15s. In the second half, he scored only four top-10s.
Paul Menard currently has the worst average running position and worst average finish in his attempts during the Sprint Unlimited. Since NASCAR Statistical Services began compiling this statistic nine years ago, his finishing result is 17.5 with a running position of 18.9.
Menards will continue its partnership with Richard Childress Racing in the NASCAR XFINITY Series, positioning the third-largest home improvement store in the United States as a primary sponsor for select races on RCR's No. 33 Chevrolet entry with drivers Paul Menard and Brandon Jones in 2015.