Menards re-ups with Richard Childress Racing
May 24, 2013, Staff report, NASCAR.com
Now he’s getting rewarded. Menard will continue to drive the No. 27 Chevrolet for years to come as RCR and Menards, a home improvement store prevalent throughout the Midwest, agreed on a multiyear contract extension Friday.
"It is great to have Paul Menard back in the No. 27 Menards Chevrolet as our driver," said Richard Childress, president and CEO of RCR said in a team release. "He has shown his ability to be consistent, competitive and win on the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series level. … Having 'Slugger' Labbe (crew chief) and the entire crew coming back gives us something to build on to win more races, make The Chase and contend for a championship.”
Menard has been with four teams since he began a full-time Sprint Cup Series schedule in 2008, and he’s found the most success with RCR. In 83 races with the organization, Menard has one win, five top-fives and 21 top-10s. His victory was a big one, too -- the Brickyard 400 in 2011.
Currently, Menard is tied for 10th in the points standings with fellow Richard Childress Racing teammate Kevin Harvick, although Harvick is ranked in the 10th spot due to his one victory this year. Following the Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway in March, Menard stayed in the top 10 in the standings for five consecutive weeks. He fell to 11th after Harvick won the Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond International Raceway, but hasn’t been lower since.
In 11 starts this year, Menard has four top-10s. He’s only finished out of the top 20 in two races and has logged 3,544 laps out of a possible 3,549.
"My family, all of our great team members at Menards and I are excited to extend our partnership with Richard and Richard Childress Racing," Menard said. "Being part of a family-owned and operated business I can relate to the team's goals and objectives. We will continue to grow together and build our relationship, achieving even greater accomplishments in the future."
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