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