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.
Paul Menard hit the wall hard on lap 187 and lost a lap making repairs. He took a Wave Around later in the race and surged in the final laps to finish fourth in the Ford EcoBoost 400.
Paul Menard qualified in the teens for the third consecutive year at Homestead. In 2012 an 18th-place start ended in an 11th-place finish. Last year he crashed after starting 12th.
Paul Menard posted the fifth-quickest, 10-lap average in final practice for the Quicken Loans Race for Heroes 500k. He posted a speed of 136.144 mph from his second through 11th laps.
Paul Menard posted the second quickest time in the second practice session for the AAA Texas 500. His best time of 190.147 was set during his first 10 laps on track.
Along with Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Clint Bowyer, Paul Menard is the only other driver in the field for the Geico 500 with back-to-back top-10s at Talladega. He finished fourth last fall and was sixth in the Aaron's 499.