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Team: Richard Childress Racing-27
Age / DOB:  (34) / 8/21/1980
Ht / Wt:  5'10 / 180

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Along with Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Clint Bowyer, Paul Menard is the only other driver in the field for the Geico 500 with back-to-back top-10s at Talladega. He finished fourth last fall and was sixth in the Aaron's 499.
Menard, Stenhouse, and Bowyer define an eclectic mix of drivers that straddle the line of dark horses and sleepers. They underscore this week’s best strategy, which is to spread fantasy resources around and not overpay for or overcommit to marquee drivers. Oct 17 - 9:34 AM

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Paul Menard has 15 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts at the 2.66-mile Talladega Superspeedway.

He has three top-10 and one top-five starts as well as two top-10 finishes at the Alabama facility. He has completed 96.4 percent of the laps around the track. In addition, Menard has nine NASCAR Nationwide Series starts amassing one top-five and two top-10 finishes, as well as one pole award.-Richard Childress Racing
Oct 16 - 8:15 PM

NASCAR races often develop themes, and the Hollywood Casino 400 became a night of resurgent runs. Paul Menard was one of several drivers who snapped a long streak of no top-10s by finishing ninth at Kansas.

Attrition among the favorites was part of the reason for Menard’s strong run, but while he had not finished in the top 10 since Bristol in August, his worst effort in that span until this weekend was a 21st at Chicagoland. Nine of Menard’s 11 top-10s this season have been adjacent to another top-10, so that bodes well for his odds next week at Charlotte.
Oct 5 - 9:51 PM

Richard Childress Racing has named Slugger Labbe to a leading role in their research and development efforts, which will be effective following the NASCAR race weekend at Charlotte Motor Speedway later this month.

Justin Alexander, currently a race engineer on the No. 27 Menards Chevrolet team, will take over the crew chief role with Paul Menard as the driver. Alexander started his NASCAR career at Hendrick Motorsports as the shock specialist for the No. 24 and No. 48 teams in 2003, became lead engineer on the No. 48 team in 2005, moved to a R&D engineer in 2006 and then was named lead engineer for the No. 24 team in 2009. During his tenure there, Alexander was part of five NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championships. He joined RCR in January of this year.-Richard Childress Racing
Oct 1 - 8:12 PM

Sprint Cup regular (No. 27 Chevrolet) Paul Menard will compete in his final double-duty event of the season this weekend in Kansas.

He competed in seven NASCAR Nationwide Series events this season in the No. 33 Chevrolet Camaro. In eight NASCAR Nationwide Series starts at Kansas Speedway, Menard has an average starting position of 8.6 and an average finish of 12.5. The RCR driver has two top-five and five top-10 finishes at the 1.5-mile track. In addition, Menard has 11 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts.-Richard Childress Racing
Oct 1 - 12:21 AM

Dover International Speedway is a rhythm track and drivers who run well there in the spring, often repeat their effort in the fall. Paul Menard finished 10th in the FedEx 400.

Equally important, Menard is coming off a top-15 last week at New Hampshire in the Sylvania 300, so he has a little momentum on his side. He should be regarded as a solid dark horse contender this week for the AAA 400 and be watched closely in practice.
Sep 24 - 1:13 PM

Paul Menard will race chassis No. 485 in the Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. It has made only one previous race this year at Richmond, where it started 14th and finished 18th.

That finish is consistent with how Menard has run most of the year on short, flat tracks. Four of his five starts at Phoenix, Martinsville, Richmond, and New Hampshire this year ended in a narrow band of results from 18th through 24th. His best result came in the STP 500 at Martinsville when he finished 10th.
Sep 20 - 9:51 AM

Paul Menard posted the fastest single lap in Saturday morning’s practice session for Chicagoland’s 400. His top speed was 188.772 mph.

Track conditions are radically different from what drivers will face on Sunday so it is unclear precisely what they may have learned. Menard has been solid on this track type, however, with top-10s at Vegas, Texas, and Charlotte already in 2014.
Sep 13 - 11:53 AM

Paul Menard will drive a battle-tested chassis No. 454 at Atlanta. This car was previously run in four of the five similarly-configured, 1.5-mile track races as well as Michigan.

Menard has earned top-five finishes at Las Vegas and Michigan and two more top-10s at Texas and Charlotte with this chassis, but he has never had to come from this deep in the pack. In fact, his 33rd-place qualification effort is the worst of the season and that makes him a questionable value for Sunday.
Aug 30 - 1:14 PM

Paul Menard is consistent and occasionally strong on similarly-configured, 1.5-mile tracks. In five races this year he has a best of third at Vegas and a worst of 17th at Kansas.

On those two tracks plus Texas, Charlotte, and Kentucky he has combined for an average finish of 10.4. At his salary cap level, that makes him one of this week’s best values.
Aug 28 - 6:45 PM

Paul Menard finished ninth in the Irwin Tools Night Race at Bristol. That came on the heels of a fourth-place finish in the Pure Michigan 400 and snaps a three-race unlucky streak of three consecutive 30-something results immediately preceding these two events.

Menard’s reversal of fortune may come too late to allow him to climb high enough in the points to secure a Chase spot, but he will be a good value in the next two regular season races as the team focuses on securing strong runs to make that an option.
Aug 24 - 5:11 PM

In 2012 and 2013, Paul Menard swept the top 10 in both Bristol races, showing a consistently strong tendency on this track. He slipped this spring and finished 21st in the Food City 500.

Menard is moderately priced in most salary cap games and represents an acceptable risk for fantasy players—especially if he practices and qualifies well.
Aug 20 - 12:50 PM

Paul Menard scored his third consecutive fourth-place finish at Michigan after getting passed on the final lap by Joey Logano.

Given his expense in most salary cap contests and position in Group B in the Yahoo! fantasy game, Menard may have been the best overall value this week. he could keep his momentum as the series rolls into Bristol where he has four top-10s in the last five races.
Aug 17 - 5:14 PM

Paul Menard spun in the carousel in the first practice for the Cheez-it 355k at the Glen. He avoided contact with the Armco barrier and drove back to the garage for a new set of tires.

The good news is that Menard found the limit in that corner, but his 10-race career at the Glen has never ended in a top-10 finish.
Aug 8 - 12:59 PM

In addition to driving the No. 27 SPLASH/Menards Chevrolet SS in Sunday afternoon's race, Paul Menard will pilot the No. 33 Turtle Wax/Menards Chevrolet Camaro in the NASCAR Nationwide Series event on Saturday afternoon at Watkins Glen.

In seven NASCAR Nationwide Series starts at Watkins Glen International, Menard has an average starting position of 11.6 and an average finish of 12.9.-Richard Childress Racing
Aug 6 - 8:23 PM