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Paul Menard

Team: Richard Childress Racing-27
Age / DOB:  (35) / 8/21/1980
Ht / Wt:  5'10 / 180

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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

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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

In 12 races this season, Paul Menard has scored one top-10 and one 11th-place finish in 12 starts this season. His 11th-place finish came at Dover International Speedway in the most recent Cup race.

Unfortunately Menard’s top-10 came in week six, which make him erratic and difficult to predict. Most weeks, that limits his fantasy relevance.
May 21 - 3:24 PM

Paul Menard had a four-race, top-20 streak going when he rolled into Texas Motor Speedway a month ago for the Duck Commander 500. He finished that race in 26th.

He should be able to rebound to finish at least 20th because that was only the third time since the beginning of 2015 that he failed to do so. Even with three disappointing results, his average result on this track type in the past 13 races is better than 20th at 19.77.
May 6 - 12:11 PM

Paul Menard has one top-five, three more top-15s, and an average finish of slightly worse than 17th in his last four attempts at Richmond International Raceway. In that span of time, he has finished on the lead lap five times in eight attempts.

Richard Childress Racing has been a little uneven this year and their marquee driver Austin Dillon has struggled in the past three races. Menard needs to be watch closely in practice and qualification, but he is going to need to show some superior speed in order to get a roster slot for the Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond.
Apr 21 - 4:04 PM

The last time NASCAR visited a short track two weeks ago at Martinsville Speedway, Paul Menard finished eighth. That was his first top-10 in the past nine starts on tracks less than a mile in length.

Notably, Menard’s most recent short track top-10 before this came at Bristol Motor Speedway in the 2014 Irwin Tools Night Race. Richard Childress Racing is in the midst of a resurgence and should be watched closely for the next several weeks.
Apr 14 - 7:08 PM

Paul Menard made a second attempt in the first round of qualification, but narrowly missed advancing into the top 24. With a lap of 192.417 mph, he was only 0.003 seconds slower than Kevin Harvick.

Menard had a huge wiggle off turn two or he would have advanced. He has momentum on his side and could earn serious place-differential points in games that offer them. Menard rolls off Saturday night in 25th.
Apr 8 - 3:16 PM

Paul Menard survived a conflict with his teammate Austin Dillon to finish eighth in the STP 500 at Martinsville Speedway.

Menard was one of only five drivers who led laps in a race dominated by Kyle Busch and that will factor into a favorable handicap when the series returns to the short track this fall. If Menard manages to keep running like this, he could get the No. 27 into Chase contention, but fantasy owners want to play him conservatively since this is his only top-10 in the past 10 NASCAR Cup races.
Apr 3 - 6:38 PM

Paul Menard has been the second-best closer in 2016 to Kurt Busch. In the final laps of the first five races this season, he has surged 19 spots. Busch’s mark is 20.

Those nearly four positions per race have contributed to an average finish of 20.8, but that is only about mid-pack and ranks Menard 23rd on this list.
Apr 1 - 1:06 PM

When he failed to finish last week at Phoenix International Raceway, it marked the first time in 32 races that Paul Menard has not been running at the end of a Cup race.

Menard’s last DNF was listed as an engine in the April 2015 Duck Commander 500 at Texas Motor Speedway, so he almost went an entire year without failing to finish. Chances are he will bounce back nicely at Auto Club Speedway.
Mar 18 - 7:04 PM

In nine NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts at the 1.5-mile Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Paul Menard (#27Dutch Boy/Menards Chevrolet SS) has one top-five and three top-10 finishes.

He has completed 99 percent of the laps in competition with nine laps led. Chassis No. 526 was chosen for this weekend's 400.5-mile race at LVMS. This Chevrolet SS will see action for the first time with the #27 team during the test session on Thursday, March 3.-Richard Childress Racing
Mar 2 - 9:53 AM