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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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Paul Menard scored top-20s in just over 50 percent of his starts for a total of 19 in 36 races.
Menard had only three top-10s, but he balanced that with another four results that were just barely outside of the top 20 in either 21st or 22nd. He did not always score maximum points, but he rarely cost players many either. Dec 8 - 12:54 PM

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Paul Menard has one top-10 at Homestead-Miami Speedway, but it was a doozy when he finished fourth in 2014 after sustaining some crash damage earlier in the event.

Menard started the contest 16th, so he added 14 place-differential points in the process. Unfortunately, he was unable to sustain that momentum last year and lost a lap to finish 21st.
Nov 18 - 5:41 PM

Paul Menard finished 10th in the Can-Am 500 at Phoenix after starting the day 20th.

Menard was not in the top 10 until the very final laps. He proved the adage of it’s not how one starts but how they finish in NASCAR that pays the most points.
Nov 13 - 8:03 PM

Paul Menard is most likely to score a finish of no better than 11th to 16th if his track record is any indication.

Menard finished 14th and 13th in last year’s pair of races on this track. He had a 16th in 2013, but one has to go all the way back to 2012 find a top-10. With a career best of ninth on this track, it is unlikely he will challenge for a top-10, but if he practices well fantasy players can expect a possible top-15.
Nov 8 - 12:22 PM

Paul Menard has finished in the top 15 in four of his last five efforts at Martinsville Speedway.

That makes him a provisionally strong dark horse this week, especially if he qualifies just outside that mark so he can earn positive place-differential points. This spring he scored an eighth-place finish, which was his second top-10 in that span.
Oct 28 - 12:10 PM

Paul Menard posted the fastest single lap in Saturday morning’s practice session for the Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway.

Menard has been consistent at Kansas with 11 straight top-20s before this May. He had been running at the end of all 14 races he started, but a blown engine and crash damage sidelined his effort. He could be en route to a top-10; the last time he finished that well was in fall 2014 with a ninth.
Oct 15 - 12:03 PM

Paul Menard posted the quickest 10-lap average in the second practice session for the Citizen Soldier 400 at Dover International Speedway. He went 158.850 mph in his first 10 laps on track Saturday morning.

With two top-10s in his last five Dover starts and an 11th there in the spring. This makes him a compelling dark horse with a very affordable salary cap in most games.
Oct 1 - 12:18 PM

Paul Menard has scored six top-20 finishes in his last seven Dover International Speedway starts. Two of these were top-10s.

Dillon missed the top 10 this spring, but only by one position. He is flying under the radar with modest runs in recent weeks and could be one of this week’s greatest fantasy differentiators.
Sep 30 - 11:00 AM

Paul Menard has been hit of miss on the short, flat tracks this year. In five previous starts on minimally-banked tracks one-mile or less in length, he has scored two results outside the top 35 and two inside the top 20.

Menard’s best result came at Martinsville Speedway in April when he finished eighth. His worst was two weeks ago at Richmond International Raceway when an accident sidelined him in 40th. Inconsistency is a fantasy player’s worst enemy.
Sep 24 - 11:36 AM

Paul Menard has scored back-to-back top-20s on similarly-configured, 1.5-mile tracks this year with a 17th at Charlotte Motor Speedway and 18th at Kentucky Speedway.

Menard has 10 such results in the last 13 races on this track type with a best of 13th at Texas Motor Speedway last fall. His 2015 Chicagoland result was nearly as strong with a 17th. Starting 26th, he is almost guaranteed to earn at least six place-differential points that will be added to his finishing result.
Sep 16 - 6:49 PM

Paul Menard has made nine previous Darlington Raceway starts and has two top-15s to his credit. He has not yet cracked the top 10 on this track.

Menard has not really come close. Those two top-15s plus another 26th last year in a race filled with cautions are the only times he finished on the lead lap. If not for the numerous Free Passes and Wave Arounds in 2015, he would not have completed the distance. Look for another performance off the lead lap and in the 20s.
Sep 3 - 11:46 AM

Besides driving his regular No. 27 Chevrolet SS in Sunday night's Sprint Cup Series race at Darlington Raceway, Paul Menard will take his turn in the Richard Childress Racing (RCR) No. 2 Richmond/Menards Chevrolet Camaro for Saturday's XFINITY Series (NXS) VFW Sport Clips Help A Hero 200.

In seven previous NASCAR XFINITY Series starts at Darlington, Menard has recorded one top-10 finish. He holds an average starting position of 17.7, coupled with an average finishing position of 19.7.-RCR
Aug 30 - 7:55 PM

Paul Menard has scored solid results at Bristol Motor Speedway since joining Richard Childress Racing, but only one of his 11 attempts with this team resulted in a top-five. That came in their first pairing in 2011 when they finished fifth after starting fourth.

Since then, Menard has earned five top-10s and another two top-15s. He has finished worse than 24th only once—which was also in 2012 and was occasioned by crash damage. Menard is unlikely to cost many fantasy points and should be considered a safe value.
Aug 18 - 11:09 PM

Paul Menard has been struggling to complete NASCAR Cup races this season. In the first 22 events of the year, he has completed all the laps only 12 times and never in more than two consecutive weeks.

Fantasy owners will have to wait a couple of weeks to see if that trend is reversed because he lost 19 laps at Pocono Raceway. Last week, he was back on target and completed the full distance. Road courses regularly feature a big contingent of lead lap drivers.
Aug 12 - 12:23 PM

Ten minutes into the first session of qualification, Paul Menard spun in the inner loop to bring out a caution.

Menard is one of the dark horses for quite a few fantasy players. He can overcome this incident, but will likely roll off the grid deep in the field. The clock froze with 15 minutes remaining, but more than half the field had not yet made a lap.
Aug 6 - 12:29 PM