Menard Finishes 25th In The Ford 400, 19th The Final Cup Standings
November 19th, 2018
Paul Menard and the No. 21 Quick Lane Tire and Auto Center Ford team ended their first season together with a 25th-place finish in the Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway, but Menard and the team consider their first year a promising foundation for future successes.
Menard ended the year with a pole at Chicago, one top-five and seven top-10 finishes, nine appearances in the final round of knock-out qualifying, a stage win at Talladega and 19th place in the final points standings. Continue reading Menard Finishes 25th In The Ford 400, 19th The Final Cup Standings
Menard Looking To Have Some Fun At Homestead
November 14, 2018
Paul Menard and the No. 21 Quick Lane team will close out the 2018 season in the Ford 400 at one of Menard’s favorite tracks, Homestead-Miami Speedway.
Sunday’s 400-miler is the third race in the Ford Championship Weekend, which will determine the champions of NASCAR’s top three divisions – Monster Energy Cup, Xfinity and Camping World Truck series.
Menard said Homestead’s progressively-banked, 1.5-mile oval suits him just fine. Continue reading Menard Looking To Have Some Fun At Homestead
Menard Finishes 29th In A Hurdle-Filled Weekend At Phoenix
November 11, 2018
After entering the weekend with optimism, Paul Menard and the No. 21 Menards/Cardell team experienced disappointment from the start to the finish of Sunday’s Can-Am 500 at ISM Raceway near Phoenix, ending the race with a 29th-place finish.
Menard qualified a strong 11th on Friday at Phoenix, but near the end of practice on Saturday he experienced a tire failure, which led to contact with the wall. Continue reading Menard Finishes 29th In A Hurdle-Filled Weekend At Phoenix
Menard Advances To The Third Qualifying Round For The Second-Straight Week
November 10, 2018
Paul Menard and the No. 21 Menards/Cardell team appear to be getting their qualifying program back on track.
On Friday at ISM Raceway near Phoenix, Menard advanced through all three rounds of knock-out qualifying to secure the 11th starting spot for Sunday’s Can-Am 500.
It was the second straight week that Menard qualified 11th, the first coming at Texas Motor Speedway a week ago, and the ninth time this season that Menard and the No. 21 team have been among the top 12 qualifiers for a Monster Energy Cup Series race. Continue reading Menard Advances To The Third Qualifying Round For The Second-Straight Week
Menard Battles Back To Finish 13th At Texas
November 5, 2018
Paul Menard and the No. 21 Menards/Cardell team turned in a solid performance in Sunday’s AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway, running in the top 10 in the early stages of the race then battling back from a late pit-road penalty to finish 13th.
Menard started the 500-miler from the 11th position but was running seventh after just 10 laps. He remained inside the top 10 for the remainder of the first 85-lap stage and ended the segment in eighth place, earning three bonus points. Continue reading Menard Battles Back To Finish 13th At Texas
Menard Qualifies 11th At Texas As Ford Places Eight Drivers In The Top 12
November 2, 2018
Paul Menard and the No. 21 Menards/Cardell team advanced through all three rounds of knock-out qualifying at Texas Motor Speedway on Friday to earn the 11thstarting spot for Sunday’s AAA Texas 500.
It was the eighth time this season that Menard and the No. 21 team have been among the elite 12 qualifiers for a Monster Energy Cup Series race. Continue reading Menard Qualifies 11th At Texas As Ford Places Eight Drivers In The Top 12
Menard Ready For Another Chance To Tame Texas
November 1, 2018
An early crash at Texas Motor Speedway back in April ruined that day for Paul Menard and his Wood Brothers team. But it didn’t dampen his enthusiasm for racing the No. 21 Fusion at the Fort Worth track.
Menard and the Menards/Cardell team will return to Texas for Sunday’s AAA Texas 500 with essentially the same set-up they started with in the spring. Continue reading Menard Ready For Another Chance To Tame Texas
Menard Finishes 22nd at Martinsville
October 28, 2018
Paul Menard and the No. 21 Motorcraft/Quick Lane team started Sunday’s First Data 500 at Martinsville Speedway at a disadvantage and were never able to completely overcome it, ending up 22nd at the finish.
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Menard Gets Fresh Engine For Sunday’s First Data 500 at Martinsville
October 27, 2018
After experiencing a rare mechanical issue during qualifying on Saturday at Martinsville Speedway, Paul Menard and the Motorcraft/Quick Lane team will start Sunday’s First Data 500 with a fresh engine under the hood of the No. 21 Fusion.
Menard started Saturday with good speed, posting a best lap at 94.685 miles per hour in the opening practice session, which put him 12th on the speed chart. Continue reading Menard Gets Fresh Engine For Sunday’s First Data 500 at Martinsville
Motorcraft/Quick Lane Team Heads Home To Martinsville
October 24, 2018
Paul Menard and the No. 21 Motorcraft/Quick Lane team are looking to build on a solid run at Martinsville Speedway in March as the Monster Energy Cup Series returns to the home track of the Wood Brothers, who will be making their 115th start at Martinsville dating back to Glen Wood’s Cup debut in 1953. Continue reading Motorcraft/Quick Lane Team Heads Home To Martinsville
Pit-Road Incident Spoils Fast Start For Menard At Kansas
October 21, 2018
Paul Menard and the No. 21 Menards/NIBCO team were left to wonder what might have been after a pit road collision ended a promising start to Sunday’s Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway.
After a stirring run from his 18th starting position to fifth place at the end of the race’s first 80-lap Stage, Menard and Trevor Bayne made contact on pit road during a pit stop midway through Stage Two. Menard suffered damage to the right front of the No. 21 Fusion, and the damage led to two flat tires and multiple laps lost. He wound up 32nd at the finish. Continue reading Pit-Road Incident Spoils Fast Start For Menard At Kansas
Menard Qualifies 18th At Kansas
October 20, 2018
Paul Menard and the No. 21 Menards/NIBCO team had a case of the second-round blues during Monster Energy Cup Series qualifying at Kansas Speedway Friday evening.
After posting top-10 speeds in opening practice and the first of three rounds of qualifying, Menard was just 18th fastest in the second round and therefore not among the elite 12 who ran for the pole. Continue reading Menard Qualifies 18th At Kansas
Menard Optimistic Heading Into Kansas
October 18, 2018
Fresh off a ninth-place finish in a typically topsy-turvy race at Talladega, Paul Menard and the No. 21 Menards/NIBCO team head to Kansas Speedway for the Hollywood Casino 400.
The veteran driver said he’s feeling good about his team’s prospects for Sunday’s race.
“I’m looking forward to getting back to Kansas,” he said. “That’s been a pretty good track for me.”
Menard finished sixth in the KC Masterpiece 400 at Kansas in May and has five other top-10s there in his career. He also is encouraged by the performance of his No. 21 Fusion showed in a recent test session at Kansas, and he’s interested to see how the race plays out.
“We had good speed at the test, and we were surprised how fast the top groove came in,” he said. “You run right by the wall to get the best speed.
“It’s definitely going to be a little different than the average race on an intermediate track.”
Looking back at Talladega, Menard said he was proud of the way his team kept its focus despite falling two laps down early in the race because of a flat tire and the resulting green-flag pit stop.
“We fought through a lot and got a good finish,” he said, adding that he believes his team’s perseverance at Talladega is a sign of ongoing improvement. “We’re still learning each other, and we’re getting more comfortable with the decisions we make throughout the weekend.”
Qualifying at Kansas is set for Friday at 7:10 p.m. Eastern Time, and the race is scheduled to start just after 2:30 p.m. Eastern on Sunday with TV coverage for both events on NBCSN.
Menard Overcomes Early Setback To Finish Ninth At Talladega
October 14, 2018
Paul Menard and the No. 21 Menards/Dutch Boy team battled back from two laps down to finish ninth in Sunday’s 1000Bulbs.com 500 at Talladega Superspeedway.
It was Menard’s seventh top-10 finish of the season and his third in the past six races.
Menard lined up 30th to start Sunday’s race and had worked his way up to 16th place when a flat tire sent him to pit road under the green flag. Continue reading Menard Overcomes Early Setback To Finish Ninth At Talladega
Wood Brothers Have Long History At Talladega
October 10, 2018
Paul Menard and the No. 21 Menards/Dutch Boy team head to Talladega Superspeedway this weekend hoping their No. 21 Ford Fusion will be as fast as it was in April when Menard scored a Stage win, led eight laps and was consistently among the front runners before being swept up in a Talladega “Big One” multi-car crash with just over 20 laps left to run. Continue reading Wood Brothers Have Long History At Talladega
Menard Finishes 16th After Long Day At Dover
October 7, 2018
Eddie Wood, long-time observer of all things NASCAR, knows his team’s 16th-place finish in Sunday’s Gander Outdoors 400 at Dover International Speedway isn’t something he’d usually brag about – unless one considers how hard it was to come by.
His driver Paul Menard and the No. 21 Menards/Tarkett team started Sunday’s race at a disadvantage, having to line up 18th when a shower on Friday led to the starting line-up being set by car owner points. Continue reading Menard Finishes 16th After Long Day At Dover
Menard Set To Start 18th At Dover After Rain Cancels Qualifying
October 5, 2018
With a surprise shower washing out Friday’s qualifying session at Dover International Speedway, Paul Menard and the No. 21 Menards/Tarkett Ford are set to start 18th in Sunday’s Gander Outdoors 400.
The line-up was set by car owner points.
Menard and the Menards/Tarkett team were off to a good start at Dover on Friday. Menard and the team backed up the speed they showed at Dover in May with a 15th-place effort in Friday’s opening practice session. Menard ran just five laps and posted his best speed of 162.367 miles per hour on his first lap.
With qualifying a no-go, the team now begins working on fine-tuning a race set-up, and there will be two practice sessions on Saturday to prepare for Sunday’s 400-mile run on the high-banked, one-mile concrete oval.
The first practice session is set for 11 a.m. Eastern Time and will be broadcast on CNBC. The second should roll off at 1:30 p.m. with coverage on NBCSN.
Sunday’s Gander Outdoors 400 is scheduled to get the green flag just after 2 p.m. with TV coverage on NBCSN.
Late Wrecks Spoils Strong Roval Run For Menard
September 30, 2018
Paul Menard took the No. 21 Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford Fusion for quite a ride in Sunday’s inaugural Monster Energy Cup Series race on the Roval at Charlotte Motor Speedway, leading the race at one point before a multi-car crash left him 33rd at the finish.
After starting 22nd, Menard used some skilled driving and smart pit strategy from crew chief Greg Erwin to race his way forward. Continue reading Late Wrecks Spoils Strong Roval Run For Menard
September 28, 2018
Paul Menard and the No. 21 Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford Fusion are set to start 22nd on Sunday in the first-ever race on the Roval at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Menard and his fellow Monster Energy Cup Series drivers spent most of Friday’s practice session and qualifying time with the same mindset they had during earlier test sessions on the 2.28-mile, 17-turn course. Continue reading Menard Qualifies 22nd For Inaugural Roval Race At Charlotte
Roval Racing Is A Mystery For Menard
September 27, 2018
With the experience that comes from 427 career starts and 12 full seasons on NASCAR’s elite Monster Energy Cup Series, Paul Menard generally has a good idea what’s ahead of him when he heads to a race track.
But he’s never been to a track quite like the Roval at Charlotte Motor Speedway, where the Cup series races this weekend. The all-new Roval circuit is 2.28 miles in length, with 17 turns. It uses part of Charlotte’s oval track and the rest is on the updated road course. Continue reading Roval Racing Is A Mystery For Menard