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

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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

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Paul Menard hit the wall hard on lap 187 and lost a lap making repairs. He took a Wave Around later in the race and surged in the final laps to finish fourth in the Ford EcoBoost 400.

That was not only his first career top-five on this track, but his first top-10 as well. His previous best was an 11th in 2012, which made him a great value for fantasy players willing to take a risk on Menard.
Sun, Nov 16, 2014 09:30:00 PM

Paul Menard qualified in the teens for the third consecutive year at Homestead. In 2012 an 18th-place start ended in an 11th-place finish. Last year he crashed after starting 12th.

Menard is still seeking his first top-10 on this course, but that might be a bit of a stretch. He has not finished that well in his last five attempts of 2014.
Sat, Nov 15, 2014 02:22:00 PM

Paul Menard posted the fifth-quickest, 10-lap average in final practice for the Quicken Loans Race for Heroes 500k. He posted a speed of 136.144 mph from his second through 11th laps.

Menard has not scored a top-15 at Phoenix in his last three attempts, but he did finish that well in his latest two short, flat track races. Two weeks ago Menard was 14th in the Goody's 500 at Martinsville and if he can replicate that effort he will be a solid value on Sunday.
Sat, Nov 8, 2014 06:15:00 PM

Paul Menard posted the second quickest time in the second practice session for the AAA Texas 500. His best time of 190.147 was set during his first 10 laps on track.

In his last three starts at Texas, Menard has gotten progressively stronger. He finished 17th last spring, was 15th in the fall, and then ninth this spring. If he fits the final slot on a player’s roster, he should be considered a great value.
Sat, Nov 1, 2014 02:13:00 PM

Along with Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Clint Bowyer, Paul Menard is the only other driver in the field for the Geico 500 with back-to-back top-10s at Talladega. He finished fourth last fall and was sixth in the Aaron's 499.

Menard, Stenhouse, and Bowyer define an eclectic mix of drivers that straddle the line of dark horses and sleepers. They underscore this week’s best strategy, which is to spread fantasy resources around and not overpay for or overcommit to marquee drivers.
Fri, Oct 17, 2014 09:34:00 AM

Paul Menard has 15 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts at the 2.66-mile Talladega Superspeedway.

He has three top-10 and one top-five starts as well as two top-10 finishes at the Alabama facility. He has completed 96.4 percent of the laps around the track. In addition, Menard has nine NASCAR Nationwide Series starts amassing one top-five and two top-10 finishes, as well as one pole award.-Richard Childress Racing
Thu, Oct 16, 2014 08:15:00 PM

NASCAR races often develop themes, and the Hollywood Casino 400 became a night of resurgent runs. Paul Menard was one of several drivers who snapped a long streak of no top-10s by finishing ninth at Kansas.

Attrition among the favorites was part of the reason for Menard’s strong run, but while he had not finished in the top 10 since Bristol in August, his worst effort in that span until this weekend was a 21st at Chicagoland. Nine of Menard’s 11 top-10s this season have been adjacent to another top-10, so that bodes well for his odds next week at Charlotte.
Sun, Oct 5, 2014 09:51:00 PM

Richard Childress Racing has named Slugger Labbe to a leading role in their research and development efforts, which will be effective following the NASCAR race weekend at Charlotte Motor Speedway later this month.

Justin Alexander, currently a race engineer on the No. 27 Menards Chevrolet team, will take over the crew chief role with Paul Menard as the driver. Alexander started his NASCAR career at Hendrick Motorsports as the shock specialist for the No. 24 and No. 48 teams in 2003, became lead engineer on the No. 48 team in 2005, moved to a R&D engineer in 2006 and then was named lead engineer for the No. 24 team in 2009. During his tenure there, Alexander was part of five NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championships. He joined RCR in January of this year.-Richard Childress Racing
Wed, Oct 1, 2014 08:12:00 PM

Sprint Cup regular (No. 27 Chevrolet) Paul Menard will compete in his final double-duty event of the season this weekend in Kansas.

He competed in seven NASCAR Nationwide Series events this season in the No. 33 Chevrolet Camaro. In eight NASCAR Nationwide Series starts at Kansas Speedway, Menard has an average starting position of 8.6 and an average finish of 12.5. The RCR driver has two top-five and five top-10 finishes at the 1.5-mile track. In addition, Menard has 11 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts.-Richard Childress Racing
Wed, Oct 1, 2014 12:21:00 AM

Dover International Speedway is a rhythm track and drivers who run well there in the spring, often repeat their effort in the fall. Paul Menard finished 10th in the FedEx 400.

Equally important, Menard is coming off a top-15 last week at New Hampshire in the Sylvania 300, so he has a little momentum on his side. He should be regarded as a solid dark horse contender this week for the AAA 400 and be watched closely in practice.
Wed, Sep 24, 2014 01:13:00 PM

Paul Menard will race chassis No. 485 in the Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. It has made only one previous race this year at Richmond, where it started 14th and finished 18th.

That finish is consistent with how Menard has run most of the year on short, flat tracks. Four of his five starts at Phoenix, Martinsville, Richmond, and New Hampshire this year ended in a narrow band of results from 18th through 24th. His best result came in the STP 500 at Martinsville when he finished 10th.
Sat, Sep 20, 2014 09:51:00 AM

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.
Sat, Sep 13, 2014 11:53:00 AM

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.
Sat, Aug 30, 2014 01:14:00 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.
Thu, Aug 28, 2014 06:45:00 PM