Menards/Knauf Ford To Remember Leevi Barnard In Coke 600 At Charlotte
May 23, 2018
Patrick County, Virginia, has produced its share of heroes over the years. Some, like the Wood Brothers, came to fame through their success in automobile racing, where the family team still fields the No. 21 Menards/Knauf Ford Fusion driven by Paul Menard.
Others, like First Lt. Leevi Barnard, are heroes because of their service to their country. Continue reading Menards/Knauf Ford To Remember Leevi Barnard In Coke 600 At Charlotte
Menard Finishes Fourth In Monster Energy Open
May 20, 2018
Paul Menard and the No. 21 Menards/Knauf team didn’t advance out of Saturday’s Monster Energy Open into the All-Star race, but they did do a commendable job of helping showcase a new set-up package for the Monster Energy Cup Series cars.
For the All-Star weekend at Charlotte Motor Speedway, the cars were equipped with an aerodynamic package that significantly increased downforce. That was accompanied by restrictions on the engines that drastically reduced horsepower. Continue reading Menard Finishes Fourth In Monster Energy Open
Menard Ready For The Unknowns Of All-Star Weekend Format
May 16, 2018
For Paul Menard and the crew of his No. 21 Menards/Knauf Ford Fusion, this weekend’s trip to Charlotte Motor Speedway will be a venture into uncharted territory.
New rules for the Monster Energy All-Star Race weekend means the cars will have an aerodynamic package designed to take away the aero advantage usually enjoyed by the lead driver. And there will be restrictor plates, usually only employed at Daytona International Speedway and Talladega Superspeedway. Continue reading Menard Ready For The Unknowns Of All-Star Weekend Format
Menard Steers His Way To Sixth-Place Finish At Kansas
May 13, 2018
Paul Menard and the No. 21 Menards/Atlas team put a couple of disappointing weekends in the rear-view mirror on Saturday night at Kansas Speedway. The team rebounded in a big way by qualifying among the top 12 and coming away with a sixth-place finish in the KC Masterpiece 400.
The entire race weekend played out drama-free for the team, just as Menard hoped it would.
“It was just an uneventful race and a solid weekend,” he said in his post-race comments. “We had good preparation with the car, good [pit] stops, good adjustments.” Continue reading Menard Steers His Way To Sixth-Place Finish At Kansas
Menard Qualifies 11thAt Kansas
May 12, 2018
After a couple of tough races on the Monster Energy Cup circuit, Paul Menard was looking for a drama-free trip to Kansas Speedway.
Halfway through the race weekend, Menard is getting his wish.
He and the crew of his No. 21 Menards/Atlas Ford were solid in practice, then made it through a tough inspection process and advanced to the third and final round of knock-out qualifying where they earned the 11thstarting spot for Saturday night’s KC Masterpiece 400. Continue reading Menard Qualifies 11thAt Kansas
Menard Looking For Drama-Free Race At Kansas
May 9, 2018
For Paul Menard and the crew of his No. 21 Ford Fusion, the past two weeks have been ones of great potential and bitter disappointment.
At Talladega Superspeedway, he ran among the leaders early and often, winning Stage Two, leading eight laps and picking up 16 stage points only to be swept up in a multi-car crash not of his own making.
At Dover International Speedway, he had another fast Ford, topping the speed chart in the opening practice, then saw his march forward undone by a lengthy trip to the garage to have a damaged hub replaced. Continue reading Menard Looking For Drama-Free Race At Kansas
Glen And Leonard Wood To Receive Distinguished Patrick Countian Award
May 7, 2018
Brothers Glen and Leonard Wood built their first race car back in 1950, working underneath a beech tree on the family homestead in Buffalo Ridge, Va.
They ran their first race in 1950, with Glen driving and Leonard the mechanic, at Morris Speedway near Martinsville.
Glen was involved in a wreck in that first race, and the car burned up on the way home, but the brothers were undeterred. Today, the Wood Brothers brand is a household name among race fans, as is the case in their hometown of Stuart. Continue reading Glen And Leonard Wood To Receive Distinguished Patrick Countian Award
Hub Issue Leads To Long Day At Dover For Menard
May 6, 2018
Paul Menard and the Motorcraft/Quick Lane team had a fast Ford Fusion for Sunday’s 400-miler at Dover International Speedway, as evidenced by their practice speeds on Friday and Saturday.
But a loose wheel and a trip to the garage to change a damaged hub just before the end of the race’s first Stage kept Menard and the team from capitalizing on the speed in their No. 21 Fusion. Menard had moved up to 16th from his 20th starting position before the mechanical issues sent him to the garage for repairs. Continue reading Hub Issue Leads To Long Day At Dover For Menard
Menard Leads Friday Practice At Dover But Will Start 20th On Sunday
May 4, 2018
Paul Menard and the No. 21 Motorcraft/Quick Lane team showed good speed most of Friday at Dover International Speedway, but that speed eluded them in the second round of qualifying, leaving them with a 20th-place effort.
Menard set the pace in the opening practice session, topping the speed charts with a lap at 159.830 miles per hour.
In the first round of qualifying, he ran a lap at 155.246 mph to easily be among the 24 drivers who advanced to the second round.
But his progression ended there as his lap at 155.166 mph was just 20th fastest, and that became his official qualifying position. Continue reading Menard Leads Friday Practice At Dover But Will Start 20th On Sunday
Menard Heads To Dover With Spring In His Step
May 2, 2018
Paul Menard and the Motorcraft/Quick Lane team didn’t get the finish they were hoping for at Talladega Superspeedway, but they did leave the track feeling good about the performance of their No. 21 Ford Fusion.
“It was a good day overall,” Menard said as he prepared for a day of testing on the Roval at Charlotte Motor Speedway before beginning his preparations for this weekend’s 400-miler at Dover International Speedway. “We ran up front. We got our first Stage win of the season and we got some Stage points (16 of them including six for a fifth-place finish in the first Stage), which we needed. Continue reading Menard Heads To Dover With Spring In His Step
Talladega “Big One” Spoils Strong Run For Menard, Motorcraft/Quick Lane Team
April 29, 2018
Paul Menard and the No. 21 Motorcraft/Quick Lane team had one of their best runs of the season going before being swept up in a late-race, multi-car melee.
Lenard, who wound up with a 30th-place finish, started 13th but was racing in the top five by the end of the race’s first 55-lap stage, thereby earning six stage points with his fifth-place stage finish.
He continued his march to the front and took the lead on Lap 105 and led a six-car string of Ford Fusions to the line at the end of Stage Two. Menard’s first-ever stage win paid another 10 stage points plus a playoff point. Continue reading Talladega “Big One” Spoils Strong Run For Menard, Motorcraft/Quick Lane Team
Menard To Start 13thAt Talladega
April 28, 2018
Paul Menard and the No. 21 Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford Fusion will line up 13thfor Sunday’s GEICO 500 at Talladega Superspeedway.
Menard posted a qualifying lap at 191.486 miles per hour, which was just .018 seconds shy of allowing him to advance to the second and final round of qualifying.
But there was little disappointment among the Motorcraft/Quick Lane crew members because the team spent most of the two practice sessions on Friday getting their car tuned for racing conditions. Menard also slipped by the big wreck of the day on Friday, a move that kept him in his primary car for Sunday’s race. Continue reading Menard To Start 13thAt Talladega
Alabama Gang And The Wood Brothers Were A Tough Tandem Back In The Day At Talladega
April 25, 2018
It wasn’t like tandem drafting, but the one-two combination of the Alabama Gang and the Wood Brothers was a powerful pairing back in the day at Talladega Superspeedway.
The Wood Brothers, who now campaign the No. 21 Motorcraft/Quick Lane Fusion driven by Paul Menard, got the first of their five Talladega wins in 1971 with Donnie Allison of Hueytown aboard their 1969 Mercury. Continue reading Alabama Gang And The Wood Brothers Were A Tough Tandem Back In The Day At Talladega
Menard Finishes 24thAt Richmond
April 22, 2018
The good news for Paul Menard and the No. 21 Menards/Quaker State team on an otherwise disappointing night at Richmond Raceway was the team’s ability to fix an ill-handling car and turn it into a fast one.
The bad news is that due to the way the caution flags fell – or didn’t fall – the team wasn’t able to capitalize on the chassis changes dictated by crew chief Greg Erwin or his late-race tactics.
Menard did go from being three laps behind the leaders to just one, but an uncontrolled tire on the team’s final stop negated Erwin’s last move, and Menard wound up 24that the finish. The result dropped him from 16thin the Monster Energy Cup standings to 18thheading into next Sunday’s race at Talladega Superspeedway. Continue reading Menard Finishes 24thAt Richmond
Menard To Start 20th At Richmond
April 20, 2018
Paul Menard and the No. 21 Menards/Quaker State Ford will start 20thin Saturday night’s 400-lapper at Richmond Raceway.
Menard earned that spot by advancing through the first round of qualifying with a lap at 123.164 miles per hour. In the second round, he ran a lap at 122.510 mph, securing his spot on the outside of the 10throw.
Team co-owner Eddie Wood pointed out that the Menards team focused on a set up for racing conditions during Friday’s practice sessions, and didn’t make a mock qualifying run.
Menard was 14thfastest in the opening practice session with a best lap at 119.893 mph. He was 24thin Happy Hour with a best lap at 119.011 mph.
“We won’t be back on track until the race starts Saturday night, so the priority on a weekend like this is getting the car tuned for the race,” Wood said.”
Menard Looking Forward To Racing A Ford At Richmond
April 18, 2018
After an up-and-down race at Bristol Motor Speedway that saw Paul Menard and the No. 21 Menards team run as high as third place before finishing 13th, the Menards/Quaker State team heads to Richmond Raceway for the first night race of the Monster Energy Cup season.
Menard, who enters Saturday night’s 400-lapper in 16thplace in the Monster Energy Cup Series standings, said he’s had mixed results over the years on the three-quarter-mile oval at Richmond.
“I’ve run well there in the Xfinity Series but not as well in the Cup series,” Menard said. “We’ll go up there and give it our best shot and see what happens.” Continue reading Menard Looking Forward To Racing A Ford At Richmond
Menard Hangs On For A 13th-Place Finish At Bristol
April 16, 2018
When rains brought the cars to a halt on Sunday afternoon at Bristol Motor Speedway, Paul Menard and his No. 21 Menards/Dutch Boy Ford were running third and poised for a great finish after starting the race a season-best seventh.
When racing resumed on Monday, Menard continued to race inside the top 10 until around Lap 350 of 500, when the handling inexplicably got a little off on the Menards/Dutch Boy Fusion.
Team co-owner Eddie Wood said that from that point on, Menard, who had already missed several cars that spun ahead of him, did some of his best driving of the day. Continue reading Menard Hangs On For A 13th-Place Finish At Bristol
Menard Earns First Top-10 Start Of 2018
April 14, 2018
Paul Menard and the No. 21 Menards/Dutch Boy Ford team qualified a season-best seventh on Friday at Bristol Motor Speedway.
For most of this season, Menard and the No. 21 team have been fast in the first of three rounds of knock-out qualifying but struggled in the second. On Friday at Bristol, they were consistently fast throughout all three rounds.
At Bristol, Menard was fast again in the first round, posting the fourth best speed of 127.563 miles per hour to easily be among the 24 drivers who advanced to the second round. Continue reading Menard Earns First Top-10 Start Of 2018
Menard, Wood Brothers Ready For Another Memorable Trip To Bristol
April 11, 2018
For anyone who loves NASCAR-style auto racing, from drivers to fans and every one in between, any trip to Bristol Motor Speedway is a memorable one, especially that first visit.
For Eddie Wood, co-owner of the No. 21 Menards/Dutch Boy Ford driven by Paul Menard, that first Bristol trip as a true member of the Wood Brothers race team came in the summer of 1968.
“That’s the year I turned 16, and you had to be 16 to be in the garage,” Wood said. “It was the first time I got to wear one of the red-and-white crew shirts.” Continue reading Menard, Wood Brothers Ready For Another Memorable Trip To Bristol
Early Crash Leads To A Long Day For Menard At Texas
April 8, 2018
Paul Menard and the No. 21 Quick Lane team ran into misfortune early in Sunday’s 500 miler at Texas Motor Speedway, and that led to a long, disappointing day at the track.
Menard started 19thafter rain cut Friday’s qualifying session short, and the race was just three laps old when he was swept up in a multi-car crash. His Quick Lane Fusion received damage in the left front and in the right rear, which is a critical part of the car from an aerodynamic perspective. Continue reading Early Crash Leads To A Long Day For Menard At Texas