Paul Menard 2014 driver profile
January 27, 2014, NASCAR.com
In 2013, Paul Menard focused on improving upon his previous two years in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, but fell a little short. His early pace through the 17th race of 2013, the Quaker State 400 Presented by Advance Auto Parts at Kentucky Speedway, put him in contention to possibly earn a spot in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup for the first time in his career. Engine failure at the Coke Zero 400 Powered by Coca-Cola at Daytona, however, knocked him down to 20th place in the standings. He rebounded with three finishes of sixth or better in three of the last four races of the regular season, but it was too little, too late. Menard wound up 17th overall with three top-five and nine top-10 finishes.
Coming from the colder climate of Wisconsin, Menard raced on short tracks and even ice surfaces before entering NASCAR. His NASCAR career highlight to date came in 2011 when he won the Brickyard 400 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for Richard Childress Racing. It was also a major milestone for his father, John Menard, who had sponsored Tony Stewart in IndyCar Series competition, but had been unable to reach Victory Lane for the Indianapolis 500.
In 2006, Menard scored a NASCAR Nationwide Series victory at his home track, the Milwaukee Mile, driving for Dale Earnhardt, Inc. In 2003, he debuted in each of NASCAR’s three national series driving for Andy Petree Racing.
Team: Richard Childress Racing
Car: No. 27 Menards Chevrolet SS
Birthdate: August 21, 1980
Hometown: Eau Claire, Wis.
Team Owner: Richard Childress
Crew Chief: Richard "Slugger" Labbe