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Paul Menard

Team: Richard Childress Racing-27
Age / DOB:  (36) / 8/21/1980
Ht / Wt:  5'10 / 180

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In addition to driving his regular No. 27 Chevrolet SS in Sunday's Cup Series Brickyard 400, Paul Menard will return to the NASCAR XFINITY Series (NXS) this weekend at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in the No. 2 Richmond/Menards Chevrolet Camaro.
Menard has competed in five NXS Series events at the 2.5-mile IMS, finishing inside the top 10 in each start and completing every lap he has attempted. Menard has back-to-back top-five finishes at IMS, along with an average starting position of 8.2 and an average finish of 5.4.-Richard Childress Racing Jul 20 - 4:01 PM

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In addition to driving his regular No. 27 Chevrolet SS in Saturday night's Cup Series Quaker State 400, Paul Menard will return to the NASCAR XFINITY Series this weekend at Kentucky Speedway in the No. 2 Richmond/Menards Chevrolet Camaro.

Menard has competed in six NASCAR XFINITY Series events at the 1.5-mile track. He has two top-five and four top-10 finishes, with his best start of third coming in June 2014 and a finish of fourth occurring during that same event. The Wisconsin native has an average start of 8.5 and an average finish of 11.7.-Richard Childress Racing
Jul 5 - 12:01 PM

Paul Menard finished third in the Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway to record his third restrictor-plate, superspeedway top-10 in three races on this track type.

Menard was incredibly affordable in salary cap games, and was a top dark horse pick. He qualified 24th, which means he added 21 place-differential points to his fantasy owners’ totals.
Jul 1 - 11:39 PM

In addition to driving his regular No. 27 Chevrolet SS in Sunday's Cup Series FireKeepers Casino 400, Paul Menard will return to the NASCAR XFINITY Series this weekend at Michigan Int’l Speedway in the No. 2 Richmond/Menards Chevrolet Camaro.

This year will mark his 12th consecutive NXS race at Michigan. In his 11 previous starts at the two-mile track, Menard has accumulated one win (2014), one pole award (2011) and has led 78 laps. Menard has five top-five finishes and seven top-10 finishes in the series at Michigan. He has also started 21 Cup Series races at MIS. He has tied his best finish of fourth four times and has two other top-10 finishes.-Richard Childress Racing
Jun 14 - 8:09 PM

In addition to driving his regular No. 27 Chevrolet SS in Sunday's Cup Series Pocono 400, Paul Menard will return to the NASCAR XFINITY Series this weekend at Pocono Raceway in the No. 2 Richmond/Menards Chevrolet.

Menard's last appearance in the series was at Auto Club Speedway back in March. He ran in the series' inaugural race last year at Pocono and finished in seventh place. Menard has 20 previous starts at the "Tricky Triangle" in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, and he recorded his best finish of ninth place in 2012. -Richard Childress Racing
Jun 7 - 2:26 PM

Paul Menard finished ninth in the Geico 500 at Talladega SuperSpeedway, which was his second top-15 of the season.

Menard’s other top-15 came at Daytona International Speedway in the season-opening race. He finished fifth on the other restrictor-plate, superspeedway track. He needs to show greater strength on other course types before he becomes a place-and-hold driver.
May 7 - 7:53 PM

Paul Menard has not scored a top-15 finish since the series rolled out of Daytona International Speedway.

Menard has not been a terrible fantasy value with two 19th-place finishes and a 21st in the past six races, but his other results have been 25th or worse. It will be difficult to trust him until he finds a way to develop some consistency.
Apr 16 - 12:09 PM

Paul Menard has taken two steps forward and one step back in his last six attempts at Martinsville with a pair of top-15s followed by a 20-something result.

In those cycles, Menard has earned a top-10, mid-teens, and mid-20s finish in a rhythm that suggests—if it repeats itself—he should be on target to earn a top-15 in this week’s STP 500.
Mar 30 - 11:08 PM

Paul Menard has been mostly good, very consistent, but is currently trending down on two-mile tracks.

Menard had six consecutive top-10s on this track type from 2013 through spring 2015. That summer, he fell to 12th at Michigan, was 15th last spring at Auto Club, and now has a pair of 18ths in his latest two races. Still, he enters this week’s contest with 13 consecutive results of 18th or better on two-milers. All of them have ended on the lead lap.
Mar 24 - 1:35 PM

In addition to driving his regular No. 27 Chevrolet SS in Sunday's Cup Series Auto Club 400, Paul Menard will pilot the No. 2 Richmond/Menards Chevrolet Camaro in the NASCAR XFINITY Series (NXS) Service King 300 at Auto Club Speedway (ACS) on Saturday.

Menard has competed in 10 NXS events at the 2-mile track. He has one top-five and two top-10 finishes with his best start of seventh in October 2010 and finish of fourth in September 2006. The Wisconsin native has completed 97.9 percent of laps in competition with seven of them as the race leader.-Richard Childress Racing
Mar 22 - 10:24 PM

Paul Menard has three previous top-10 finishes at Phoenix International Raceway, but none of them have come in consecutive races. He finished 10th last fall and has an opportunity to double down.

His odds of doing so are not great based on his performance on short, flat tracks. He scored only one other top-15 on this course type—an eighth at Martinsville—and that is counterbalanced by three results of 25th or worse.
Mar 14 - 5:31 PM

Paul Menard could very well be this week’s best sleeper. He enters the Kobalt 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway with a six-race, top-15 streak there.

Menard has added to his total with positive place-differential points in all but one of those events. Last year, he qualified and finished 15th, which means that he has only lost positions in a race once—and that came all the way back in 2007 in his first attempt on this course.
Mar 9 - 9:55 AM

Paul Menard has earned three top-10s at Atlanta Motor Speedway in his past seven races.

On three other occasions, he finished outside the top 15. He has managed to stay on the lead lap in nearly all of his efforts, however, and that has allowed him to remain in contention.
Mar 2 - 12:25 PM

Paul Menard rounded out the top-five at Daytona with a fifth-place finish after starting 33rd.

There were a lot of place-differential points to accumulate in this race because of massive carnage. Menard has three previous Daytona International Speedway top-10s to his credit, however, so this was not just a function of luck.
Feb 26 - 6:53 PM

Paul Menard has scored three top-10s in 21 Daytona International Speedway attempts, which equates to 14.3 percent of the time.

All three of his top-10s came with his current Richard Childress Racing team, but the last of these was earned in 2012. Since then he has scored only one more top-15 and had a handful of results in the high-teens, but that is not enough to make him an attractive fantasy prospect.
Feb 17 - 5:16 PM