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Paul Menard

Team: Wood Brothers Racing-21
Age / DOB:  (37) / 8/21/1980
Ht / Wt:  5'10 / 180

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In a separate incident on the same lap as Trevor Bayne’s accident in stage two of the Auto Club 400 at Auto Club Speedway, Paul Menard tagged tbe wall.
Menard’s damage was not as extensive at Bayne’s, but he is a risky proposition to finish in the front half of the field. Mar 18 - 5:21 PM

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For most of this season Paul Menard has been a very good fantasy value, but based on his personal record along with that of the Wood Bros., he could struggle this week at Auto Club Speedway.

The Wood Bros. scored only two top-10s in their last eight attempts on two-mile tracks with Ryan Blaney behind the wheel. Menard was once a lock on this track type, but he has not had a top-15 since spring 2016 with an average finish of 22.5 in the past two seasons. With their Team Penske alliance, they should be stronger than 20th, but fantasy owners will want to wait until final practice to make a commitment.
Mar 14 - 1:52 PM

Paul Menard has been one of the best values in the first three races of the 2018 season, but that came crashing to an end on lap 192 of the TicketGuardian 500 at ISM Raceway.

Something broke on Menard’s Chevrolet and it snapped around in turn four—backing into the wall. He will be credited with a 36th-place finish of 37 cars.
Mar 11 - 5:45 PM

Paul Menard entered the Pennzoil 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway ninth in the points standings and will preserve his position in the top 10 after finishing ninth in the race.

Menard’s new tenure with the Wood Bros. is paying immediate dividends. We expected he might take a few races to get to the same level as Ryan Blaney last year, but he is defying that prediction. It might not yet be time to make him an anchor on any roster, but he certainly has earned a provisional slot next week.
Mar 4 - 7:39 PM

Paul Menard posted the fastest time in the first round of qualification for the Pennzoil 400 with a speed of 190.181 mph.

That put him only .002 seconds ahead of Brad Keselowski with two round remaining.
Mar 2 - 7:43 PM

Paul Menard recorded an average finish of 21.7 on similarly-configured, 1.5-mile tracks last year in his final season with Richard Childress Racing.

By contrast, his current team finished with a 10.3 while Ryan Blaney was racing with the Wood Bros. Spilt the difference and fantasy owners can expect a result somewhere in the high-teens for Menard at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
Feb 22 - 11:04 AM

Paul Menard finished sixth in the Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway, which was an impressive debut in the Wood Bros. No. 21.

Last year, this car was run by Ryan Blaney. A strong affiliation with Team Penske made them a much better value than one would expect from a single-car team and Menard is carrying on that tradition. Menard's value to fantasy owners has risen as a result of this strong run.
Feb 18 - 7:12 PM

As veteran driver Paul Menard makes his final preparations before leaving for Daytona International Speedway, where his first drive in the No. 21 Omnicraft Ford Fusion will also be his 400th career Cup start, his goals for the opening weekend are pretty simple.

"Hopefully we’ll sit on the pole," Menard said, adding that his goal is within reason. "We have a fast Ford Fusion, and Fords typically are fast at Daytona." While Menard acknowledges that in some ways, his 400th start is just another number in a long career, it’s also an important milestone in his career. "Having the Wood Brothers get their 100th win in my 400th start and my first in the No. 21 and at the Daytona 500…. You couldn’t write a better script than that."-Wood Brothers PR
Feb 8 - 8:32 PM

Wood Brothers Racing announced a long-term partnership with Archie St. Hilaire, owner of Go FAS Racing. The agreement grants full operating control of one of the 36 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Charters to the Wood Brothers and its iconic No. 21 Ford.

The Charter guarantees a starting position in every Monster Energy Series race. Last season, with driver Ryan Blaney, the Wood Brothers enjoyed one of its most successful seasons in decades, capturing the organization’s 99th premier series win and finishing in the top 10 in points for the first time since 1994. In 2018, the team looks to build on last season’s playoff run, with Paul Menard taking the reins of the iconic No. 21 Ford.-Wood Brothers Racing
Jan 16 - 10:13 AM

In addition to driving his regular No. 27 Chevrolet SS in Saturday night's Federated Auto Parts 400, Paul Menard will return to the NASCAR XFINITY Series (NXS) this weekend at Richmond (VA) Raceway in the No. 2 Richmond/Menards Chevrolet Camaro.

Menard has made 11 NXS starts at Richmond since his first event in 2004. During that time, Menard has recorded three top-five and five top-10 finishes, led 160 laps, has an average start of 16.3 and has an average finish of 16.2. This will be Menard's first NXS start at Richmond since 2011, when he finished second. It will be his seventh and final NXS start in the No. 2.-Richard Childress Racing
Wed, Sep 6, 2017 01:04:00 PM

The iconic No. 21 Ford Fusion race car of Wood Brothers Racing will have a new face behind the wheel in 2018, but for 14 races it will have a very familiar look to race fans as Motorcraft and Quick Lane Tire and Auto Centers return as major sponsors of the team for the 18th season.

It was announced last month that Paul Menard, a 14-year NASCAR Cup veteran, will replace Ryan Blaney as driver of the No. 21 car. Blaney will transition to a third full-time Cup Fusion with Team Penske in 2018. Menard, the 2011 Brickyard 400 winner, also will have Menards sponsorship on the No. 21 car for 22 races. In more than 380 career Cup races Menard has posted 19 top-five and 58 top-10 finishes.-Wood Brothers Racing
Tue, Aug 29, 2017 04:31:00 PM

In addition to driving his regular No. 27 Chevrolet SS in Sunday's Cup Series I Love New York 355, Paul Menard will return to the NASCAR XFINITY Series (NXS) this weekend at Watkins Glen Int'l in the No. 2 Richmond/Menards Chevrolet Camaro.

Menard has competed in 10 NASCAR XFINITY Series starts at The Glen. The veteran driver has two top-five and seven top-10 finishes at WGI, including a runner-up finish in last year's event.-Richard Childress Racing
Wed, Aug 2, 2017 11:48:00 AM

Wood Brothers Racing, the oldest active NASCAR team and one of the winning-est teams in series history, and veteran driver Paul Menard, will join forces for the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (MENCS) season, the two parties announced today.

The new partnership will see the team continue to compete full time for the coming seasons with Menard driving the legendary No. 21 Ford Fusion. Menards, the industry-leading home improvement store company, will sponsor the No. 21 Ford for 22 MENCS races. Additional sponsorship, including plans for long-time partner Motorcraft/Quick Lane, will be announced at a later date.-Wood Brothers Racing
Wed, Jul 26, 2017 11:22:00 AM

Statement from Chairman & CEO Richard Childress, regarding Paul Menard & Menards Inc.: "Paul Menard and Menards, Inc. have had a partnership with RCR for seven years. Together, we have enjoyed a tremendous amount of success, including Paul's emotional win at Indianapolis in 2011. He is a very talented driver and a good friend."

"Everyone at RCR wishes both Paul and Menards nothing but the best in the future. Our entire RCR organization is 100 percent focused on getting all three of our Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series programs in the playoffs this year, and bringing another Cup championship to RCR in 2017. We will be announcing our plans for a third Cup team and our overall 2018 team lineup at a later date."-RCR
Wed, Jul 26, 2017 10:56:00 AM

In addition to driving his regular No. 27 Chevrolet SS in Sunday's Cup Series Brickyard 400, Paul Menard will return to the NASCAR XFINITY Series (NXS) this weekend at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in the No. 2 Richmond/Menards Chevrolet Camaro.

Menard has competed in five NXS Series events at the 2.5-mile IMS, finishing inside the top 10 in each start and completing every lap he has attempted. Menard has back-to-back top-five finishes at IMS, along with an average starting position of 8.2 and an average finish of 5.4.-Richard Childress Racing
Thu, Jul 20, 2017 04:01:00 PM