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Paul Menard |

Team: Richard Childress Racing-27
Age / DOB:  (34) / 8/21/1980
Ht / Wt:  5'10 / 180

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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.
Menard’s worst finish at Dover in the past three years was a 24th and he has an average of 17th. He should finish in that range again on Sunday and that predictability allows players to formulate a strategy. May 27 - 12:37 PM

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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.

Menard’s consistency in time trials stretches back to last May when he qualified 21st for the 2014 edition of the Coke 600; he finished eighth in that event. It is difficult to predict top-10s, but fantasy owners can expect a respectable run for Menard.
May 23 - 10:17 AM

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.

The Showdown is a short, flat-out sprint and the winner is likely to come from the front of the pack. Menard’s solid practice speeds make him one of the favorites to win this exhibition race and move on to Saturday night’s all-star event.
May 15 - 4:53 PM

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.

Menard also posted the fourth-fastest time in that session, which puts him in the same category as Dillon as one of the favorites to race into the 2015 all-star race.
May 15 - 3:04 PM

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.

Menard is 11th in the points based on consistent results just outside the top 10 and that has made him an important part of the fantasy landscape. With top-10s in four of his last five Kansas races, he might be able to score back-to-back top-10s for the first time since last summer when he finished fourth at Michigan International Speedway and ninth at Bristol Motor Speedway.
May 8 - 12:36 PM

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.

Menard came close at Talladega last fall with a sixth. That gives him three top-six finishes in the last four races on this track, so players should make a note to start him this fall at ‘Dega.
May 3 - 5:13 PM

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.

Menard is in jeopardy of losing even more momentum because he sustained crash damage in two incidents at Martinsville and finished 23rd. Bristol is no kinder to drivers than the flat half-mile track.
Apr 14 - 9:16 PM

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.

Menard had a four-race top-15 streak to his credit and was coming off a season-best fourth at Auto Club. He should be able to rebound quickly this week, but if he finishes outside the top 20 for a second consecutive race, it might be time to reevaluate his usefulness.
Apr 5 - 6:10 PM

Paul Menard finished fourth in the Auto Club 400. It was his first top-10 of the season, but his fourth consecutive top-15.

Menard has been one of the most pleasant surprises of the season and he shows no sign of letting up. His last four races have ended in an average finish of 10.75.
Mar 22 - 7:19 PM

Paul Menard has finished worse than he qualified at Phoenix in 75 percent of his stars, including the most recent six attempts.

He managed to minimize the damage on one occasion with a top-10 finish after starting seventh, but he generally drops much further. Avoid him in games that offer place differential points.
Mar 13 - 1:36 PM

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.

Menard can find the front of the pack on occasion because he also has a seventh with Dale Earnhardt Inc. in his inaugural attempt and a fifth with Richard Petty Motorsports in 2010. His career average is 20.5, which makes this his seventh-best track in that regard.
Feb 28 - 11:15 AM

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.

In six NASCAR XFINITY Series starts at the 1.5-mile track, he has earned two top-10 finishes with an average starting position of 13.5 and an average finish of 15.3. Menard also started inside the top 10 on three separate occasions during an XFINITY Series event. In addition, he has 13 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts.-Richard Childress Racing
Feb 24 - 1:35 PM

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.

Menard can be a streaky driver who is hard to handicap. The best tactic for fantasy players to employ is playing a wait-and-see game. Allow him to develop some momentum before considering placing the No. 27 for one’s roster.
Feb 13 - 10:34 AM

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.

That ranks Menard 23rd out of 23 drivers with prior experience in this race and 40th overall He is one racer most players will leave in the garage.
Feb 11 - 11:16 AM

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.

Menards has played a pivotal role in RCR's NXS campaign since 2012. Menard will drive the No. 33 Menards Chevrolet Camaro for select events in 2015, while maintaining a full-time schedule in the No. 27 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series entry for RCR. The Eau Claire, Wis.-native is a two-time XFINITY Series race winner with five pole awards, 31 top-five and 81 top-10 finishes. As previously announced, Jones, a 17-year-old driver hailing from Atlanta, Ga., joins the RCR stable for a number of NXS events.-Richard Childress Racing
Thu, Dec 18, 2014 03:33:00 PM