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.
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.
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.
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.