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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.