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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 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

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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

Paul Menard has finished on the lead lap three times in four previous Atlanta attempts with Richard Childress Racing. His best result with this team was an eighth in 2012.

Menard can find the front of the pack on occasion because he also has a seventh with Dale Earnhardt Inc. in his inaugural attempt and a fifth with Richard Petty Motorsports in 2010. His career average is 20.5, which makes this his seventh-best track in that regard.
Feb 28 - 11:15 AM

In addition to driving the No. 27 Duracell/Menards Chevrolet SS in Sunday afternoon's Sprint Cup race, Paul Menard will pilot the No. 33 Richmond/Menards Chevrolet Camaro in the NASCAR XFINITY Series event on Saturday afternoon.

In six NASCAR XFINITY Series starts at the 1.5-mile track, he has earned two top-10 finishes with an average starting position of 13.5 and an average finish of 15.3. Menard also started inside the top 10 on three separate occasions during an XFINITY Series event. In addition, he has 13 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts.-Richard Childress Racing
Feb 24 - 1:35 PM

For Paul Menard, 2014 was a Tale of Two Seasons. In the first half of the year he scored top-10s in 50 percent of his starts and had a few more top-15s. In the second half, he scored only four top-10s.

Menard can be a streaky driver who is hard to handicap. The best tactic for fantasy players to employ is playing a wait-and-see game. Allow him to develop some momentum before considering placing the No. 27 for one’s roster.
Feb 13 - 10:34 AM

Paul Menard currently has the worst average running position and worst average finish in his attempts during the Sprint Unlimited. Since NASCAR Statistical Services began compiling this statistic nine years ago, his finishing result is 17.5 with a running position of 18.9.

That ranks Menard 23rd out of 23 drivers with prior experience in this race and 40th overall He is one racer most players will leave in the garage.
Feb 11 - 11:16 AM

Menards will continue its partnership with Richard Childress Racing in the NASCAR XFINITY Series, positioning the third-largest home improvement store in the United States as a primary sponsor for select races on RCR's No. 33 Chevrolet entry with drivers Paul Menard and Brandon Jones in 2015.

Menards has played a pivotal role in RCR's NXS campaign since 2012. Menard will drive the No. 33 Menards Chevrolet Camaro for select events in 2015, while maintaining a full-time schedule in the No. 27 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series entry for RCR. The Eau Claire, Wis.-native is a two-time XFINITY Series race winner with five pole awards, 31 top-five and 81 top-10 finishes. As previously announced, Jones, a 17-year-old driver hailing from Atlanta, Ga., joins the RCR stable for a number of NXS events.-Richard Childress Racing
Thu, Dec 18, 2014 03:33:00 PM

Paul Menard hit the wall hard on lap 187 and lost a lap making repairs. He took a Wave Around later in the race and surged in the final laps to finish fourth in the Ford EcoBoost 400.

That was not only his first career top-five on this track, but his first top-10 as well. His previous best was an 11th in 2012, which made him a great value for fantasy players willing to take a risk on Menard.
Sun, Nov 16, 2014 09:30:00 PM

Paul Menard qualified in the teens for the third consecutive year at Homestead. In 2012 an 18th-place start ended in an 11th-place finish. Last year he crashed after starting 12th.

Menard is still seeking his first top-10 on this course, but that might be a bit of a stretch. He has not finished that well in his last five attempts of 2014.
Sat, Nov 15, 2014 02:22:00 PM

Paul Menard posted the fifth-quickest, 10-lap average in final practice for the Quicken Loans Race for Heroes 500k. He posted a speed of 136.144 mph from his second through 11th laps.

Menard has not scored a top-15 at Phoenix in his last three attempts, but he did finish that well in his latest two short, flat track races. Two weeks ago Menard was 14th in the Goody's 500 at Martinsville and if he can replicate that effort he will be a solid value on Sunday.
Sat, Nov 8, 2014 06:15:00 PM

Paul Menard posted the second quickest time in the second practice session for the AAA Texas 500. His best time of 190.147 was set during his first 10 laps on track.

In his last three starts at Texas, Menard has gotten progressively stronger. He finished 17th last spring, was 15th in the fall, and then ninth this spring. If he fits the final slot on a player’s roster, he should be considered a great value.
Sat, Nov 1, 2014 02:13:00 PM

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.
Fri, Oct 17, 2014 09:34:00 AM