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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 posted the fastest single lap in Saturday morning’s practice session for Chicagoland’s 400. His top speed was 188.772 mph.
Track conditions are radically different from what drivers will face on Sunday so it is unclear precisely what they may have learned. Menard has been solid on this track type, however, with top-10s at Vegas, Texas, and Charlotte already in 2014. Sep 13 - 11:53 AM

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Paul Menard will drive a battle-tested chassis No. 454 at Atlanta. This car was previously run in four of the five similarly-configured, 1.5-mile track races as well as Michigan.

Menard has earned top-five finishes at Las Vegas and Michigan and two more top-10s at Texas and Charlotte with this chassis, but he has never had to come from this deep in the pack. In fact, his 33rd-place qualification effort is the worst of the season and that makes him a questionable value for Sunday.
Aug 30 - 1:14 PM

Paul Menard is consistent and occasionally strong on similarly-configured, 1.5-mile tracks. In five races this year he has a best of third at Vegas and a worst of 17th at Kansas.

On those two tracks plus Texas, Charlotte, and Kentucky he has combined for an average finish of 10.4. At his salary cap level, that makes him one of this week’s best values.
Aug 28 - 6:45 PM

Paul Menard finished ninth in the Irwin Tools Night Race at Bristol. That came on the heels of a fourth-place finish in the Pure Michigan 400 and snaps a three-race unlucky streak of three consecutive 30-something results immediately preceding these two events.

Menard’s reversal of fortune may come too late to allow him to climb high enough in the points to secure a Chase spot, but he will be a good value in the next two regular season races as the team focuses on securing strong runs to make that an option.
Aug 24 - 5:11 PM

In 2012 and 2013, Paul Menard swept the top 10 in both Bristol races, showing a consistently strong tendency on this track. He slipped this spring and finished 21st in the Food City 500.

Menard is moderately priced in most salary cap games and represents an acceptable risk for fantasy players—especially if he practices and qualifies well.
Aug 20 - 12:50 PM

Paul Menard scored his third consecutive fourth-place finish at Michigan after getting passed on the final lap by Joey Logano.

Given his expense in most salary cap contests and position in Group B in the Yahoo! fantasy game, Menard may have been the best overall value this week. he could keep his momentum as the series rolls into Bristol where he has four top-10s in the last five races.
Aug 17 - 5:14 PM

Paul Menard spun in the carousel in the first practice for the Cheez-it 355k at the Glen. He avoided contact with the Armco barrier and drove back to the garage for a new set of tires.

The good news is that Menard found the limit in that corner, but his 10-race career at the Glen has never ended in a top-10 finish.
Aug 8 - 12:59 PM

In addition to driving the No. 27 SPLASH/Menards Chevrolet SS in Sunday afternoon's race, Paul Menard will pilot the No. 33 Turtle Wax/Menards Chevrolet Camaro in the NASCAR Nationwide Series event on Saturday afternoon at Watkins Glen.

In seven NASCAR Nationwide Series starts at Watkins Glen International, Menard has an average starting position of 11.6 and an average finish of 12.9.-Richard Childress Racing
Aug 6 - 8:23 PM

On the heels of a 34th-place finish in the Crown Royal 400 at Indy, Paul Menard scored a 33rd in the 400 at Pocono.

Both races were marred by crash damage, but they will negatively impact his handicap when the series returns to a flat track at Richmond. In seven starts on this track type in 2014, he has finished outside the top-20 five times including a 24th in Richmond’s first race.
Aug 4 - 10:31 AM

Paul Menard will race chassis 463 in the 400. It has been raced at Darlington and in Pocono’s first race previously.

Menard sustained some crash damage in this car and finished 41st. He was better at Pocono, but failed to crack the top 25. He completed all the laps and finished 26th.
Aug 2 - 9:05 AM

Paul Menard entered the 2013 Party in the Poconos 400 with a six-race streak of results 16th or better. In his last three attempts, however, he has failed to crack the top 25 a single time.

Menard’s best result in that span of races was the 26th he recorded this June, but another modest showing at Indy last week calls into question his effectiveness on fantasy players’ rosters. He finished 34th in the Crown Royal 400 after making contact with Juan Pablo Montoya and the wall early in the race.
Jul 30 - 12:22 PM

Paul Menard’s 2011 Brickyard 400 victory stands alone among his Indy results. In seven starts on this track, that is his only top-10 to date.

Menard’s victory that year was aided by fuel mileage, but he had to be in a position to capitalize on the strategy. Three of his last four attempts on this track ended in the low teens, which makes him a provisionally strong value in games where he is priced correctly.
Jul 23 - 11:46 AM

In addition to driving the No. 27 Moen/Menards Chevrolet SS in Sunday afternoon's race, Paul Menard will pilot the No. 33 NIBCO/Menards Chevrolet Camaro in the NASCAR Nationwide Series event on Saturday afternoon.

In two Nationwide Series starts at Indy, Menard has an average starting position of 9.5 and an average finish of seventh. In addition, Menard has seven NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts, including a win in 2011.-Richard Childress Racing
Jul 23 - 9:54 AM

With a 19th-place finish in the Camping World RV Sales 301, Paul Menard is currently on his longest streak of finishing outside the top 10 this season.

Menard has been one of the brightest stars at Richard Childress Racing this season as Ryan Newman begins to develop chemistry with his team and rookie Austin Dillon learns how to race NASCAR’s Cup tracks and competition. As Newman rises, Menard may be falling, however, and fantasy players should watch to see if this trend continues. The good news is that Menard has been running at the end of every race this season and that has often been good for a few positions and points to his owners in the final rundown.
Jul 16 - 4:59 PM

If the Chase were to start next week, Paul Menard would still be in Chase contention. His 19th-place finish dropped him one spot in the standings to 11th and with four winners behind him, he would be ranked 15th.

Menard currently has a 17-point cushion over the cutoff, but with the wild card Watkins Glen still on the calendar and several drivers still capable of getting their first win of the season, he needs to pass Clint Bowyer and Ryan Newman in the standings to get some breathing room. Fuel strategy earned him a victory at Indy in 2011, so the team remains hopeful.
Jul 13 - 9:22 PM