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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 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

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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

Paul Menard’s best track in terms of average finishes is Auto Club Speedway with a 9.3; his best course that hosts more than one race per year is Michigan International Speedway at 10.7.

These two courses are sister tracks. Auto Club was built with Michigan as its inspiration, so it should come as no surprise that he is strong on both. Eight of his last 13 races on these two tracks ended in top-10s, and while he failed to crack that mark in 2016 he has not finished worse than 18th since summer 2012.
Jan 8 - 4:04 PM

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.
Thu, Dec 8, 2016 12:54:00 PM

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.
Fri, Nov 18, 2016 05:41:00 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.
Sun, Nov 13, 2016 08:03:00 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.
Tue, Nov 8, 2016 12:22:00 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.
Fri, Oct 28, 2016 12:10:00 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.
Sat, Oct 15, 2016 12:03:00 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.
Sat, Oct 1, 2016 12:18:00 PM