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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 hit of miss on the short, flat tracks this year. In five previous starts on minimally-banked tracks one-mile or less in length, he has scored two results outside the top 35 and two inside the top 20.
Menard’s best result came at Martinsville Speedway in April when he finished eighth. His worst was two weeks ago at Richmond International Raceway when an accident sidelined him in 40th. Inconsistency is a fantasy player’s worst enemy. Sep 24 - 11:36 AM

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Paul Menard has scored back-to-back top-20s on similarly-configured, 1.5-mile tracks this year with a 17th at Charlotte Motor Speedway and 18th at Kentucky Speedway.

Menard has 10 such results in the last 13 races on this track type with a best of 13th at Texas Motor Speedway last fall. His 2015 Chicagoland result was nearly as strong with a 17th. Starting 26th, he is almost guaranteed to earn at least six place-differential points that will be added to his finishing result.
Sep 16 - 6:49 PM

Paul Menard has made nine previous Darlington Raceway starts and has two top-15s to his credit. He has not yet cracked the top 10 on this track.

Menard has not really come close. Those two top-15s plus another 26th last year in a race filled with cautions are the only times he finished on the lead lap. If not for the numerous Free Passes and Wave Arounds in 2015, he would not have completed the distance. Look for another performance off the lead lap and in the 20s.
Sep 3 - 11:46 AM

Besides driving his regular No. 27 Chevrolet SS in Sunday night's Sprint Cup Series race at Darlington Raceway, Paul Menard will take his turn in the Richard Childress Racing (RCR) No. 2 Richmond/Menards Chevrolet Camaro for Saturday's XFINITY Series (NXS) VFW Sport Clips Help A Hero 200.

In seven previous NASCAR XFINITY Series starts at Darlington, Menard has recorded one top-10 finish. He holds an average starting position of 17.7, coupled with an average finishing position of 19.7.-RCR
Aug 30 - 7:55 PM

Paul Menard has scored solid results at Bristol Motor Speedway since joining Richard Childress Racing, but only one of his 11 attempts with this team resulted in a top-five. That came in their first pairing in 2011 when they finished fifth after starting fourth.

Since then, Menard has earned five top-10s and another two top-15s. He has finished worse than 24th only once—which was also in 2012 and was occasioned by crash damage. Menard is unlikely to cost many fantasy points and should be considered a safe value.
Aug 18 - 11:09 PM

Paul Menard has been struggling to complete NASCAR Cup races this season. In the first 22 events of the year, he has completed all the laps only 12 times and never in more than two consecutive weeks.

Fantasy owners will have to wait a couple of weeks to see if that trend is reversed because he lost 19 laps at Pocono Raceway. Last week, he was back on target and completed the full distance. Road courses regularly feature a big contingent of lead lap drivers.
Aug 12 - 12:23 PM

Ten minutes into the first session of qualification, Paul Menard spun in the inner loop to bring out a caution.

Menard is one of the dark horses for quite a few fantasy players. He can overcome this incident, but will likely roll off the grid deep in the field. The clock froze with 15 minutes remaining, but more than half the field had not yet made a lap.
Aug 6 - 12:29 PM

Sprint Cup driver Paul Menard (#27 Chevrolet SS) had the best 10-lap consecutive average speed in the XFINITY Series final practice for the Zippo 200 at Watkins Glen International.

The average speed of 122.036 mph in the #2 Richmond/Menards Chevrolet Camaro was best of the five cars that ran at least 10 consecutive laps on the track for this final practice session. #3 Ty Dillon (120.772 mph), #19 Daniel Suarez (120.711), #48 Brennan Poole (119.621) and #88 Kenny Habul (117.652) are the rest of the drivers on this list.
Aug 5 - 1:18 PM

Paul Menard posted the fastest single lap in the first practice session for the Pennsylvania 400 at Pocono Raceway. His fastest lap was 177.438 mph.

Menard logged only seven laps, which means he was working primarily on race trim. He had a solid run at Indianapolis Motor Speedway last week, however, and should be watched closely in Saturday’s practice to see how he performs on long runs.
Jul 29 - 12:32 PM

Paul Menard entered the Crown Royal Combat Wounded Coalition 400 at the Brickyard as a dark horse after qualifying 23rd. A previous winner on this track, he expected more from his race trim and ultimately got it to the tune of a 10th-place finish.

This was only Menard’s second top-10 on this track, with his other strong run resulting in the 2011 Brickyard 400 victory. He has not been bad, however, and this marks his sixth top-15 in the past seven attempts at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Jul 24 - 9:00 PM

Paul Menard scored five top-15s in the last six flat track races of 2015, but failed to score a top-10. This year, he finished eighth in the STP 500 at Martinsville, but that is his only top-20 on minimally-banked courses. It would appear there was a price to pay for the top-10.

Menard’s last two results were in the back half of the field with a 22nd at Richmond International Raceway and a 33rd at Pocono Raceway. NASCAR can be cyclical and he needs the tide to turn again in order to be a strong value for fantasy players. For now, wait and see how he performs in practice and qualification.
Jul 15 - 12:57 PM

Paul Menard has earned three top-15s in five Kentucky Speedway starts. His last two efforts ended in exactly 15th, but he will need a little help to get another because he trended downward in weekend practice.

Menard started well enough with the 12th-fastest time on Thursday and 11th-best Friday morning, but his last two sessions ended 23rd and 20th. He may need a little help from a strategy call to overcome his 24th-place starting position and finish in the top 15.
Jul 9 - 12:53 PM

Paul Menard has been mostly solid on road courses in recent seasons with results of 17th or better in six of the past seven road course races. Five of those efforts ended in top-15s and one was a top-five.

Menard’s career-best Cup finish came on this track in 2014. He qualified ninth and finished fifth. A more likely result will be in the low-teens, so fantasy owners should plan accordingly.
Jun 24 - 7:47 PM

Sprint Cup driver Paul Menard had the best 10-lap consecutive average speed in the XFINITY Series final practice for the Menards 250 at Michigan International Speedway.

The average speed of 189.630 mph in the #2 Richmond/Menards Chevrolet Camaro was best of the six cars that ran at least 10 consecutive laps on the track for this final practice session. #33 Brandon Jones (189.045 mph), #1 Elliott Sadler (188.966), #7 Justin Allgaier (188.938), #48 Brennan Poole (187.938) and #6 Darrell Wallace Jr. (186.931) are the rest on this list.
Jun 10 - 5:29 PM

Paul Menard has scored 11 consecutive top-15s on two-mile tracks. Eight of these were top-10s and four of them were fourth-place finishes, including a sweep of that position at Michigan International Speedway in 2014.

Menard’s last two efforts at Michigan last August and Auto Club Speedway this spring were outside the top 10. Expect a finish in the high single digits or low-teens this week and plan accordingly.
Jun 9 - 10:25 PM