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Paul Menard |

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

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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.
Menard was looking for just a little more speed to crack the top 10. At the time of his incident, he was 11th on the speed chart with a lap of 93.897 mph. Jun 26 - 4:29 PM

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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.

Menard has some experience in the Trans Am series and was considered a sleeper on the twisty tracks for many years. As soon as he was overlooked, his results improved, but he was back to his old form at Watkins Glen International last August and finished three laps off the pace. His record is too erratic to make any firm predictions this week and he should be regarded a race day decision.
Jun 23 - 6:59 PM

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.

This will continue to make Menard a strong contender when the series rolls back into the Irish Hills in August. Drivers with strong records on individual tracks make good dark horses.
Jun 14 - 8:50 PM

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.

Menard is coming off a disappointing 31st-place finish last week at Pocono Raceway and that could cause him to fly under the radar screen. If he is not very popular in a fantasy owner’s league, he could represent a great differentiator.
Jun 12 - 11:50 AM

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.

Menard is rarely the anchor for one’s roster, but he is unlikely to cost players a lot of points. This makes him a great utility pick for the final slot until his results begin to slip.
May 31 - 8:53 PM

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.

Menard’s worst finish at Dover in the past three years was a 24th and he has an average of 17th. He should finish in that range again on Sunday and that predictability allows players to formulate a strategy.
May 27 - 12:37 PM

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.

Menard’s consistency in time trials stretches back to last May when he qualified 21st for the 2014 edition of the Coke 600; he finished eighth in that event. It is difficult to predict top-10s, but fantasy owners can expect a respectable run for Menard.
May 23 - 10:17 AM

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.

The Showdown is a short, flat-out sprint and the winner is likely to come from the front of the pack. Menard’s solid practice speeds make him one of the favorites to win this exhibition race and move on to Saturday night’s all-star event.
May 15 - 4:53 PM

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.

Menard also posted the fourth-fastest time in that session, which puts him in the same category as Dillon as one of the favorites to race into the 2015 all-star race.
May 15 - 3:04 PM

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.

Menard is 11th in the points based on consistent results just outside the top 10 and that has made him an important part of the fantasy landscape. With top-10s in four of his last five Kansas races, he might be able to score back-to-back top-10s for the first time since last summer when he finished fourth at Michigan International Speedway and ninth at Bristol Motor Speedway.
May 8 - 12:36 PM

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.

Menard came close at Talladega last fall with a sixth. That gives him three top-six finishes in the last four races on this track, so players should make a note to start him this fall at ‘Dega.
May 3 - 5:13 PM

A blown engine dropped Paul Menard 10 positions in the point standings and has the No. 27 team on the cusp of falling out of championship contention. He now sits 16th and holds a one-point lead over Danica Patrick—the driver currently 17th.

Menard is in jeopardy of losing even more momentum because he sustained crash damage in two incidents at Martinsville and finished 23rd. Bristol is no kinder to drivers than the flat half-mile track.
Apr 14 - 9:16 PM

Entering the STP 500, Paul Menard had completed every lap of competition this season. He sustained crash damage on two occasions, but still managed to finish only one lap off the pace at Martinsville. He was 23rd.

Menard had a four-race top-15 streak to his credit and was coming off a season-best fourth at Auto Club. He should be able to rebound quickly this week, but if he finishes outside the top 20 for a second consecutive race, it might be time to reevaluate his usefulness.
Apr 5 - 6:10 PM

Paul Menard finished fourth in the Auto Club 400. It was his first top-10 of the season, but his fourth consecutive top-15.

Menard has been one of the most pleasant surprises of the season and he shows no sign of letting up. His last four races have ended in an average finish of 10.75.
Mar 22 - 7:19 PM

Paul Menard has finished worse than he qualified at Phoenix in 75 percent of his stars, including the most recent six attempts.

He managed to minimize the damage on one occasion with a top-10 finish after starting seventh, but he generally drops much further. Avoid him in games that offer place differential points.
Mar 13 - 1:36 PM