27 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series NASCAR Xfinity Series Paul Menard

Paul Menard
Biography

Paul Menard, an Eau Claire, Wisconsin native first climbed behind the wheel of a go-kart at the age of eight, winning two Briggs Class Championships during his karting career. Menard then raced in the International Ice Racing Association, winning 10 IIRA events. Moving on to the NASCAR Challenge Series, he earned his first pole award and win at Elkhart Lake's Road America during his rookie season in 2001.

In 2002, he earned two wins in the NASCAR Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series at Auto Club Speedway road course and Phoenix International Raceway. 2003 was highlighted by his first ARCA Racing Series win at Talladega Superspeedway. From 2004 to 2006 Menard competed in the XFINITY Series earning his first series pole award at Kansas Speedway, first series win at The Milwaukee Mile, and tallying: two poles, 13 top-five and 31 top-10 finishes. Menard made the move to full-time competition in the 2007 Sprint Cup Series and won Rookie of the Race honors in four events. His first career Sprint Cup Series pole award came at Daytona International Speedway in 2008 in his 39th career start. Paul moved to Yates Racing after the 2008 season and kicked off 2009 in the No. 98 entry.

Heading into the 2010 season, Yates Racing merged with Richard Petty Motorsports and crew chief Slugger Labbe joined Menard under the RPM banner. The pair combined for a then career-best one top-five and six top-10 finishes. Paul in the No. 98 also returned to full-time XFINITY Series competition that year driving for Roush Fenway Racing, capping the season off with a fifth-place finish in the driver championship point standings, his career-best in the NXS. The 2011 season with Labbe still in command, was highlighted with his first Sprint Cup Series win at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in the Brickyard 400. He went on to complete 2011 with four top-five and eight top-10 finishes with 82 laps led, and finished 17th in the driver championship point standings.

It was a stellar year for the RCR driver in 2012 as he recorded a career-high finish of 16th in the points, accumulating one top-five and nine top-10 finishes, while leading all competitors in NASCAR's premier series in laps, completing 10,406 of 10,442. In 2013, consistency played a role as Menard finished 17th in the championship standings on the strength of three top-five and nine top-10 finishes. The 2014 season remained solid for Menard as he recorded a career best five top-five and 13 top-10 finishes en route to a 21st-place finish in the standings.

Paul Menard will embark on his ninth full-time season in NASCAR Sprint Cup Series competition in 2015, piloting the familiar No. 27 Menards Chevrolet SS for the fifth-consecutive year at Richard Childress Racing with new crew chief Justin Alexander atop the pit box. He is also scheduled to compete in eight NASCAR XFINITY Series events this season driving the No. 33 entry for RCR.

 

Racing Statistics
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series

Current Cup Standing:

  • Starts:
  • 6
  • Wins:
  • 0
  • Top 5:
  • 1
  • Top 10:
  • 1
  • Top 20:
  • 4
  • Standing:
  • 7th
NASCAR Nationwide Series

Current NXS Standing:

  • Starts:
  • 1
  • Wins:
  • 0
  • Top 5:
  • 0
  • Top 10:
  • 1
  • Top 20:
  • 1
  • Standing:
  • N/A
Racing Results
  • 2015
  • March

  • 29 - Martinsville
    (Started 13th, Finished 23rd)

    22 - Fontana

    (Started 11th, Finished 4th)

    15 - Phoenix

    (Started 21st, Finished 14th)

    8 - Las Vegas

    (Started 24th, Finished 12th)

    1
    - Atlanta Cup
    (Started 13th, Finished 13th)

  • February

  • 28 - Atlanta NXS
    (Started 11th, Finished 6th)
    22
    - Daytona Cup
    (Started 21st, Finished 25th)
  • 2014
  • November
  • 16 - Homestead-Miami
    (Started 16th, Finished 4th)
    9 - Phoenix
    (Started 11th, Finished 23rd)
    2 - Texas
    (Started 15th, Finished 17th)
  • October
  • 26 - Martinsville
    (Started 14th, Finished 14th)
    19 - Talladega
    (Started 20th, Finished 36th)
    11 - Charlotte
    (Started 6th, Finished 42nd)
    5 - Kansas
    (Started 13th, Finished 9th)
    4 - Kansas NNS
    (Started 8th, Finished 4th)
  • September
  • 28 - Dover
    (Started 19th, Finished 16th)
    21 - Loudon
    (Started 14th, Finished 11th)
    14 - Chicago
    (Started 9th, Finished 21st)
    13 - Chicago NNS
    (Started 6th, Finished 11th)
    6 - Richmond
    (Started 14th, Finished 18th)
  • August

  • 31 - Atlanta
    (Started 33rd, Finished 18th)
    23 - Bristol
    (Started 17th, Finished 9th)
    17 - Michigan
    (Started 7th, Finished 4th)
    10 - Watkins Glen
    (Started 20th, Finished 32nd)9 - Watkins Glen
    (Started 6th, Finished 9th)
    3 - Pocono
    (Started 29th, Finished 33rd)
  • July
  • 27 - Indianapolis
    (Started 29th, Finished 34th)
    26 - Indianapolis NNS
    (Started 9th, Finished 6th)
    13 - Loudon NH
    (Started 16th, Finished 19th)
    12 - Loudon NH NNS
    (Started 7th, Finished 19th)
    6 - Daytona Cup
    (Started 21st, Finished 16th)
  • June
  • 28 - Kentucky Cup
    (Started 12th, Finished 15th)
    27 - Kentucky NNS
    (Started 3rd, Finished 4th)
    22 - Sonoma Cup
    (Started 9th, Finished 5th)
    15 - Michigan Cup
    (Started 5th, Finished 4th)
    14 - Michigan NNS
    (Started 5th, Finished 1st)
    8 - Pocono Cup
    (Started 23rd, Finished 26th)
    1 - Dover Cup
    (Started 15th, Finished 10th)
  • May
  • 25 - Charlotte Cup
    (Started 21st, Finished 8th)
    16 - Charlotte Showdown Cup
    (Started 6th, Finished 9th)
    10 - Kansas Cup
    (Started 16th, Finished 17th)
    4 - Talladega Cup
    (Started 2nd, Finished 6th)
  • April
  • 26 - Richmond Cup
    (Started 9th, Finished 24th)
    12 - Darlington Cup
    (Started 11th, Finished 41st)
    7 - Texas Cup
    (Started 13th, Finished 9th)
  • March
  • 30 - Martinsville
    (Started 21st, Finished 10th)
    23 - Fontana
    (Started 30th, Finished 9th)
    16 - Bristol
    (Started 28th, Finished 21st)
    9 - Las Vegas
    (Started 21st, Finished 3rd)
    2 - Phoenix
    (Started 22nd, Finished 23rd)
  • March
  • 23 - Daytona Cup
    (Started 10th, Finished 32nd)
  • February
  • 23 - Daytona Cup
    (Started 10th, Finished 32nd)