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Paul Menard

Team: Wood Brothers Racing-21
Age / DOB:  (37) / 8/21/1980
Ht / Wt:  5'10 / 180

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Paul Menard has been uneven on the similarly-configured, 1.5-mile tracks this year with two top-10s countered by a pair of results outside the top 15.
In general, the No. 21 team is performing well and Menard is a better value than he was last year. Last year’s driver Ryan Blaney was able to smooth out the peaks and valleys a little better, however. Menard’s inconsistency makes him a much more difficult pick for one’s fantasy roster. May 23 - 12:45 PM

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Paul Menard finished sixth in the KC Masterpiece 400 at Kansas Speedway and snapped a three-race streak of results 24th or worse.

Menard was one of the most pleasant surprises this week, but it is unlikely that many Fantasy NASCAR players had him activated. Inconsistency can play havoc unless one as really incredible intuition.
May 13 - 12:42 AM

Paul Menard went to the garage with a wheel problem with four laps remaining in stage one of the AAA 400 at Dover International Speedway.

Menard went to the garage to fix the wheel. He will be able to return since they did not have crash damage.
May 6 - 2:59 PM

Paul Menard posted the fastest single lap in the first practice session for the AAA 400 at Dover International Speedway with a speed of 159.830 mph.

His fastest lap in practice one is not quite enough to get Menard onto a majority of rosters, but he deserves a little more attention than his record from the last two seasons suggests. He has a best of 11th in those four Dover races and an average of 23.0.
May 4 - 11:58 AM

Paul Menard took the stage two win in the Geico 500 at Talladega SuperSpeedway.

Menard got the lead from Denny Hamlin in the closing laps of this stage when lapped traffic broke up a two-wide battle.
Apr 29 - 4:17 PM

Paul Menard has earned one top-10 at Richmond Raceway, but it was a good one; he finished fifth in the 2013 Federated Auto Parts 400.

This is Menard's worst track in regard to career-average finishes with a 24.6 in 22 starts. With his new Wood Brothers ride, he should easily be able to beat that average, but fantasy owners probably want to wait and see how he performs before making a commitment.
Apr 20 - 9:42 AM

Four drivers have been penalized 15 minutes of practice time in the first session for the Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway after failing inspection last week at Texas Motor Speedway.

Jamie McMurray, Kyle Larson, Paul Menard, and Reed Sorenson will have to park their car during the last 15 minutes of the session and their crew will not be able to work on them. That is not likely to create much of an issue on this half-mile bullring.
Apr 13 - 12:43 PM

Paul Menard has not scored a top-10 finish in his last 12 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races on tracks measuring less than a mile in length.

In those last 12 short track races, Menard has two top-15s. One of these came in the most recent outing at Martinsville Speedway when he finished 13th; his other came at Bristol in spring 2016 when he was 15th with Richard Childress Racing.
Apr 12 - 3:18 PM

Alex Bowman spun in the opening laps of the O'Reilly Auto Parts 500 at Texas Motor Speedway and collected Paul Menard, Daniel Suarez, Austin Dillon and others in the process.

Those four drivers lost a lap in the process and should be removed from the NASCAR Fantasy Live active roster until it is apparent they can get back on the lead lap.
Apr 8 - 2:37 PM

Paul Menard finished ninth in the Pennzoil 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, which snapped a 34-race skid on similarly-configured, 1.5-mile tracks.

Menard’s top-10 at Vegas came on the heels of a 17th at Atlanta Motor Speedway and focuses attention on his improved performance with Wood Bros. Racing. He should be watched closely on Saturday, but he landed only 17th on the speed chart in Friday’s first practice.
Apr 7 - 12:34 PM

In a separate incident on the same lap as Trevor Bayne’s accident in stage two of the Auto Club 400 at Auto Club Speedway, Paul Menard tagged tbe wall.

Menard’s damage was not as extensive at Bayne’s, but he is a risky proposition to finish in the front half of the field.
Mar 18 - 5:21 PM

For most of this season Paul Menard has been a very good fantasy value, but based on his personal record along with that of the Wood Bros., he could struggle this week at Auto Club Speedway.

The Wood Bros. scored only two top-10s in their last eight attempts on two-mile tracks with Ryan Blaney behind the wheel. Menard was once a lock on this track type, but he has not had a top-15 since spring 2016 with an average finish of 22.5 in the past two seasons. With their Team Penske alliance, they should be stronger than 20th, but fantasy owners will want to wait until final practice to make a commitment.
Mar 14 - 1:52 PM

Paul Menard has been one of the best values in the first three races of the 2018 season, but that came crashing to an end on lap 192 of the TicketGuardian 500 at ISM Raceway.

Something broke on Menard’s Chevrolet and it snapped around in turn four—backing into the wall. He will be credited with a 36th-place finish of 37 cars.
Mar 11 - 5:45 PM

Paul Menard entered the Pennzoil 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway ninth in the points standings and will preserve his position in the top 10 after finishing ninth in the race.

Menard’s new tenure with the Wood Bros. is paying immediate dividends. We expected he might take a few races to get to the same level as Ryan Blaney last year, but he is defying that prediction. It might not yet be time to make him an anchor on any roster, but he certainly has earned a provisional slot next week.
Mar 4 - 7:39 PM

Paul Menard posted the fastest time in the first round of qualification for the Pennzoil 400 with a speed of 190.181 mph.

That put him only .002 seconds ahead of Brad Keselowski with two round remaining.
Mar 2 - 7:43 PM