The last time NASCAR visited a short track two weeks ago at Martinsville Speedway, Paul Menard finished eighth. That was his first top-10 in the past nine starts on tracks less than a mile in length.
Paul Menard made a second attempt in the first round of qualification, but narrowly missed advancing into the top 24. With a lap of 192.417 mph, he was only 0.003 seconds slower than Kevin Harvick.
Paul Menard survived a conflict with his teammate Austin Dillon to finish eighth in the STP 500 at Martinsville Speedway.
Paul Menard has been the second-best closer in 2016 to Kurt Busch. In the final laps of the first five races this season, he has surged 19 spots. Busch’s mark is 20.
When he failed to finish last week at Phoenix International Raceway, it marked the first time in 32 races that Paul Menard has not been running at the end of a Cup race.
In nine NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts at the 1.5-mile Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Paul Menard (#27Dutch Boy/Menards Chevrolet SS) has one top-five and three top-10 finishes.
Paul Menard earned a berth in the 25-driver 2015 NASCAR Sprint Unlimited exhibition event by virtue of being one of the 2015 Chase for the Sprint Cup drivers.
Paul Menard has a reputation as being a great place racer on the strength of eight top-10 finishes in 38 starts, but his overall numbers are a little less encouraging. His average finish of 21.5 places him 19th on the plate chart among fulltime, active drivers and makes him only average.
Menards will continue its partnership with Richard Childress Racing's NASCAR XFINITY Series program as a primary sponsor for select races with both the No. 2 Chevrolet with Paul Menard and the No. 33 Chevrolet with Brandon Jones for the 2016 season.
Paul Menard surged early in 2015, but he faded at the wrong time of the season. Four of his five top-10s came before July with only one top-10 being earned during the Chase.
Paul Menard (#27 Richmond/Menards Chevrolet SS) finished 21st in the November 22nd NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season-ending Ford EcoBoost 400 at Florida's Homestead-Miami Speedway.
Paul Menard has finished on the lead lap at Phoenix International Raceway in five of his last six attempts there. All but one of these races ended in top-20 finishes.
Paul Menard finished sixth in last week’s CampingWorld.com 500 at Talladega SuperSpeedway and the momentum he brings to the track could help him earn a second career top-10 at Martinsville Speedway. His only other result in that range came in spring 2014 with a 10th.
Paul Menard finished sixth in the CampingWorld.com 500 at Talladega SuperSpeedway, which made him the highest finishing driver among those not current contending for the Chase for the Championship.