Crunching The Numbers: Paul Menard

Paul Menard – #27 Richard Childress Racing Menard’s Chevrolet

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Standings: 14th
Points: 972
Bonus Points: 3

  • 1.67% of total possible bonus points

Starts: 36
Wins: 0
Poles: 0
DNFs: 1
Top 5s: 2
Top 10s: 5
Top 15s: 21

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Best Finish: 3rd (Race 10: Geico 400 – Talladega)

Best Start: 4th (Race 17: Coke Zero 400 – Daytona)

Average Finish: 17.08 (15th best)

Average Start: 17.78 (19th best)

 

Laps Run: 10,287 (6th most)

  • 98.68% of total possible season laps

Miles Driven: 13,622 (6th most)

  • 98.55% of total possible miles

Laps Led: 10 (23rd most)

  • 0.10% of total possible season laps
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Paul Menard’s Finishes

 

Menard 3 Paul Menard began the season in the (non-points race) Sprint Unlimited from the Pole. Menard is a driver where the bigger/longer the track is, the stronger he runs; he showed this with his first top 5 of the season during the 5th race out in California. His only DNF of the season came 2 weeks later in Texas when an engine expired and Menard was relegated to a 41st place finish. Putting that in the rear-view mirror, Menard continued on the season with strong runs, averaging a 16.73 place finish during the regular season and earning him a slot in the Chase. The Challenger Round started off and Menard earned a top 20 finish, followed by a top 15 finish, but sadly, it was not enough to keep his Chase hopes alive after a not-to-hot showing at Dover. His average finish in the Challenger Round was 19 and he was eliminated from the Chase. But that did not get him down and he kept plugging along with great finishes like he had all season long and nabbed a 6th place finish at Talladega. While his Chase hopes were cut short, making the Chase was a big step for this team and it leaves them so much to build on for 2016 and they have so much potential that can be unlocked.

07 March 2014 - Paul Menard during qualifying for Sundays Kobalt Tools 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in Las Vegas, NV (HHP/Gregg Ellman)

With Menard’s great stats at tracks like Daytona and Talladega, as well as Sonoma and Watkins Glen, we could see Menard break through next season with a victory at any one of those tracks and I would not be surprised. A little work can go into the 27 team’s intermediate program, especially since the bulk of the season consists of tracks between 1 and 2 miles in length. With as strong as Richard Childress Racing’s program has become in the past few years, we should see the entire RCR organization make some more noise next year, especially with the great season Paul Menard was able to put together.

 

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Paul Menard’s Finishes Broken Down By Track Type

 

Type Starts Avg. Finish Avg. Start Wins Top 5s Top 10s Top 15s DNF
Intermediate 14 20.36 18.29 0 0 0 6 1
Restrictor Plate 4 12.50 11.25 0 1 2 2 0
Road Course 2 13.00 30.00 0 0 0 2 0
Short Track 10 17.40 18.20 0 0 1 6 0
Super Speedway 6 13.33 16.17 0 1 2 5 0

 

Time to give it up to Paul Menard and the entire 27 team for pushing hard and making the Chase for the first time in his career! Keep the momentum going Menard, and keep gracing us with your many facial expressions!

Ashley Hobbs

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