Sprint Cup driver Paul Menard won the Road America 180 Fired Up by Johnsonville, his third victory in 197 NASCAR XFINITY Series (NXS) races.
Sprint Cup driver Paul Menard (No. 33 Richmond/Menards Chevrolet Camaro) tops the speed chart in the Final Practice session for the XFINITY Series Road America 180 at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin.
Sprint Cup driver Paul Menard has one previous NASCAR XFINITY Series start at Road America where he started eighth and finished 16th.
Paul Menard joined the list of drivers with off-road excursions at Sonoma Raceway. He drove into the dirt with about 30 minutes remaining in the first practice session in turn two.
Paul Menard finished fifth in last year’s Toyota / Save Mart 350 at Sonoma Raceway. That was not only his first top-10 on a road course, but just his third top-15 in 20 starts on the two combined courses.
Paul Menard entered the Quicken Loans 400 weekend with three consecutive fourth-place finishes. He failed to keep that streak alive, but finished strong with an eighth-place result.
Paul Menard has been one of the most consistent drivers at Michigan International Speedway. He enters the weekend with three consecutive fourth-place finishes in his last three starts, plus another fourth in June 2011.
Paul Menard finished eighth in the FedEx 400 benefiting Autism Speaks at Dover International Speedway, which was his sixth consecutive top-20 finish. He has one top-five and two top-10s in that span of races.
Paul Menard has been consistent and occasionally strong at Dover in recent seasons. He enters the FedEx 400 with four consecutive top-20s and a best of 10th in this event last spring.
For the Coca-Cola 600, Paul Menard qualified within one spot of his grid position in the SpongeBob 400. Last week at Kansas Speedway he finished 18th after starting 22nd. At Charlotte Motor Speedway he rolls off the grid 23rd.
Paul Menard will lead the field to green in Friday night’s Sprint Showdown. His top speed was 189.673 mph, which narrowly edged Greg Biffle. This race has been won from the pole six times.
Paul Menard recorded the second-quickest, 10-lap average in practice for the Sprint Showdown with a 184.816 mph from his laps 26 through 35.
Paul Menard has been an all or nothing driver since the 2014 season finale. In three of the last 11 races, he has finished in the top five but those are his only top-10s.
Paul Menard finished third in the Geico 500. He has periodically been a great pick on this plate track and earned a top-five in the fall 2013 Camping World RV Sales 500 on this track. He had to wait until this race to get another.