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Paul Menard

Team: Richard Childress Racing-27
Age / DOB:  (36) / 8/21/1980
Ht / Wt:  5'10 / 180

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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.
In seven previous NASCAR XFINITY Series starts at Darlington, Menard has recorded one top-10 finish. He holds an average starting position of 17.7, coupled with an average finishing position of 19.7.-RCR Aug 30 - 7:55 PM

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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.

Since then, Menard has earned five top-10s and another two top-15s. He has finished worse than 24th only once—which was also in 2012 and was occasioned by crash damage. Menard is unlikely to cost many fantasy points and should be considered a safe value.
Aug 18 - 11:09 PM

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.

Fantasy owners will have to wait a couple of weeks to see if that trend is reversed because he lost 19 laps at Pocono Raceway. Last week, he was back on target and completed the full distance. Road courses regularly feature a big contingent of lead lap drivers.
Aug 12 - 12:23 PM

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

Menard is one of the dark horses for quite a few fantasy players. He can overcome this incident, but will likely roll off the grid deep in the field. The clock froze with 15 minutes remaining, but more than half the field had not yet made a lap.
Aug 6 - 12:29 PM

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.

The average speed of 122.036 mph in the #2 Richmond/Menards Chevrolet Camaro was best of the five cars that ran at least 10 consecutive laps on the track for this final practice session. #3 Ty Dillon (120.772 mph), #19 Daniel Suarez (120.711), #48 Brennan Poole (119.621) and #88 Kenny Habul (117.652) are the rest of the drivers on this list.
Aug 5 - 1:18 PM

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.

Menard logged only seven laps, which means he was working primarily on race trim. He had a solid run at Indianapolis Motor Speedway last week, however, and should be watched closely in Saturday’s practice to see how he performs on long runs.
Jul 29 - 12:32 PM

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

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