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Paul Menard Finishes 10th at Richmond

Paul Menard Finishes 10th at Richmond

April 14, 2019

Paul Menard and the No. 21 Menards/Maytag team backed up their sixth-place finish at Bristol Motor Speedway a week ago by scoring a 10th-place finish on Saturday night at Richmond Raceway, which in recent seasons hasn’t been one of their best tracks.

Menard’s finish, coupled with three Stage points earned by finishing in the top 10 of both 100-lap Stages, moved him up three spots in the championship standings to 16th place. That puts him, for now, in the elite 16 that will compete for the championship in the 10-race, season-ending Playoffs. Continue reading Paul Menard Finishes 10th at Richmond

Menard Qualifies 13th At Richmond

Menard Qualifies 13th At Richmond

April 12, 2019

Paul Menard and the No. 21 Menards/Maytag team found some of the Richmond speed they’d been seeking and came away with the 13th starting spot for Saturday night’s 400-lapper on the ¾-mile Richmond Raceway.

Menard started Friday at Richmond by posting the 19th fastest lap in practice with a best lap at 120.246 miles per hour.
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Menard Hoping Mid-Week Work Leads To Speed At Richmond

Menard Hoping Mid-Week Work Leads To Speed At Richmond

April 11, 2019
Like many a school kid returning to school after spring break, Paul Menard and the No. 21 Menards/Maytag team will be hitting the books this week as they prepare for Saturday night’s 400-lapper at Richmond Raceway.

Menard and the team are coming off their season-best performance in which they finished sixth in last Sunday’s Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway.

And while Richmond falls in the same short-track category as Bristol, the similarities pretty much end there.

“It’s a totally different track,” Menard said.

For whatever reason, both he and his Wood Brothers team tend to struggle at Richmond. Menard, who has seven career top-10 finishes at Bristol, has just one at Richmond. The Woods have 26 top-10s at Bristol and 19 at Richmond.

Menard said he and the team plan to spend the week looking over notes from previous races and processing other data in hopes of reversing their Richmond fortunes.

“Bristol is one of our better tracks and Richmond is one of our worse tracks, so we’re going do a lot of studying this week,” he said.

Menard is hoping track officials don’t complicate matters more by applying PJ1 traction compound to the racing surface as was done with success at Bristol this past week.

“I don’t know if they’re going to lay any PJ1 down for that track,” he said. “I hope they don’t for that track. It widens out as it is.”

Menards/Sylvania Team Hoping To Stay Up To Speed At Bristol

Menards/Sylvania Team Hoping To Stay Up To Speed At Bristol

April 3, 2019

Paul Menard and the No. 21 Menards/Sylvania team hope to build on their speed from 2018 at Bristol Motor Speedway as they prepare for this weekend’s Food City 500 at the high-banked Tennessee track.

Crew chief Greg Erwin said he plans to begin Friday’s practice with a set-up on the No. 21 Mustang similar to the one the team employed last year when Menard qualified seventh for the spring race and fourth for the summer event. Menard was running third last spring when the race was halted due to weather and resumed the next day under different weather conditions that adversely affected the handling of the No. 21. Continue reading Menards/Sylvania Team Hoping To Stay Up To Speed At Bristol

Menard Set To Start 14th At Texas

Menard Set To Start 14th At Texas

March 29, 2019

After surviving a challenging first round of qualifying at Texas Motor Speedway on Friday, Paul Menard and the No. 21 Motorcraft/Quick Lane team advanced to Round Two and wound up posting the 14th best lap.

That means he’s set to start Sunday’s race from 14th place.

It’s the second straight week and the third time this season that Menard has qualified 14th. Continue reading Menard Set To Start 14th At Texas

Martinsville Speedway Is A Special Place For The Wood Brothers

Martinsville Speedway Is A Special Place For The Wood Brothers

March 19, 2019

Martinsville Speedway, the smallest track on NASCAR’s Cup circuit, holds a big place in the hearts of the Wood Brothers, whose home base is just 30 miles away in Stuart, Va.

For seven decades, the Woods have been competing in races at Martinsville, where the team’s current driver Paul Menard and the Motorcraft/Quick Lane crew will be competing in the STP 500 on Sunday.

The team’s founder, the late Glenn Wood, made his first start in the series now known as Monster Energy Cup on the half-mile at Martinsville in 1953, in a Lincoln numbered 21. Continue reading Martinsville Speedway Is A Special Place For The Wood Brothers

After Disappointing Finish at Fontana, The No. 21 Team Heads Home To Pay Tribute To Team Founder Glenn Wood

After Disappointing Finish at Fontana, The No. 21 Team Heads Home To Pay Tribute To Team Founder Glenn Wood

March 18, 2019

A late-race pit strategy didn’t work out for Paul Menard and the No. 21 Menards/Moen team, and as a result, the team ended Sunday’s Auto Club 400 in 20th place.

Menard, who started the race from 25th place, had worked his way up to just outside the top 10 just after the end of the second 60-lap Stage. Continue reading After Disappointing Finish at Fontana, The No. 21 Team Heads Home To Pay Tribute To Team Founder Glenn Wood

Menard Qualifies 25th For Auto Club 400

Menard Qualifies 25th For Auto Club 400

March 15, 2019

After an eventful qualifying session at Auto Club Speedway on Friday, Paul Menard and the No. 21 Menards/Moen Mustang are set to start Sunday’s Auto Club 400 from 25th place.

Menard was on the track in Round One of qualifying when the caution flag flew for a spin by Chase Elliott, interrupting that qualifying attempt. Continue reading Menard Qualifies 25th For Auto Club 400

Menard Ready For Some Rim Riding At Fontana

Menard Ready For Some Rim Riding At Fontana

March 13, 2019

For Paul Menard and the No. 21 Menards/Moen team, Sunday’s Auto Club 400 at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Calif., will be like a mix of racing at Atlanta and Las Vegas.

Sunday’s 400-miler, the fifth race of the 2019 Monster Energy Cup Series season, will be run using the high downforce/lower horsepower package that was in place two weeks ago at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. But the track, with its worn asphalt, is expected to produce results more like the second race of the season, on the excessively worn pavement at Atlanta Motor Speedway. At Atlanta, the cars did not run the aero ducts that were used at Las Vegas and will be in place at Auto Club, and tire wear was a big factor. Continue reading Menard Ready For Some Rim Riding At Fontana

Menard Finishes 17th At ISM Raceway

Menard Finishes 17th At ISM Raceway

March 10, 2019

Paul Menard and the No. 21 Menards/Quaker State Ford Mustang finished 17th in Sunday’s TicketGuardian 500 at ISM Raceway in Phoenix.

Menard started the 312-mile race from the 17th starting position and moved up to 15th place by the time the first caution flag flew at Lap 36.

He moved into the top 10 for the first time just after the end of Stage One due to a pit strategy decision in which he made his pit stop before the end of the Stage. Continue reading Menard Finishes 17th At ISM Raceway

Menard Set To Start 17th At ISM Raceway

Menard Set To Start 17th At ISM Raceway

March 8, 2019

Paul Menard and the No. 21 Menards/Quaker State Ford Mustang had speed to spare in Round One of qualifying at ISM Raceway in Phoenix on Friday, but a bobble in Round Two left them with the 17th starting position for Sunday’s TicketGuardian 500.

After posting the 21st best practice speed early in the day on Friday, Menard jumped to fourth position in the opening round of qualifying with a lap at 138.392 miles per hour. Continue reading Menard Set To Start 17th At ISM Raceway

Menard Drafts His Way To 15th In Qualifying At Vegas

Menard Drafts His Way To 15th In Qualifying At Vegas

March 2, 2019

Paul Menard and the No. 21 Motorcraft/Quick Lane team earned the 15th starting spot for Sunday’s Pennzoil 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway during a qualifying session like none other in recent memory on an intermediate-length track.

The full implementation of a new lower horsepower/higher downforce package led to multiple drivers on the track during qualifying, drafting off each other, whereas in the past drivers mostly qualified one car at a time against the clock. Continue reading Menard Drafts His Way To 15th In Qualifying At Vegas

Menard Ready For More New Rules At Las Vegas

Menard Ready For More New Rules At Las Vegas

February 27, 2019

Phase Two of NASCAR’s new intermediate track handling package for Monster Energy Cup Series cars kicks in this weekend at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, and Paul Menard and the No. 21 Motorcraft/Quick Lane team are among those wondering how the racing will be once a full field of cars is on the track.

At Atlanta Motor Speedway, portions of the new lower horsepower/higher downforce package were introduced. This week at Las Vegas Motor Speedway will see the addition of aero ducts that transfer air to the side of the car away from the front tires, a feature that will be seen at several other tracks as well. Continue reading Menard Ready For More New Rules At Las Vegas

Menard Finished 14th At Atlanta

Menard Finished 14th At Atlanta

February 24, 2019

Paul Menard and the No. 21 Menards/Moen team recovered from damage in two separate incidents to finish 14th in Sunday’s Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

Menard started Sunday’s 500-miler from 14th position and ran around the top 15 for most of the race’s two 85-lap stages.

Just before the end of stage two, Menard ran over a piece of debris, which knocked a softball-sized hole in the front end of the Menards Mustang. Continue reading Menard Finished 14th At Atlanta

Menard Qualifies 14th At Atlanta

Menard Qualifies 14th At Atlanta

February 22, 2019

Paul Menard and the No. 21 Menards/Moen Ford Mustang are set to start Sunday’s Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway from 14th position.

Menard and the No. 21 team advanced to the second of three rounds of knock-out qualifying on Friday but came just shy of advancing to the third and final round.

In the opening round, Menard turned a lap at 178.424 miles per hour, which was 21st fastest and good enough to move on to the second round.

He wound up making two qualifying attempts in round 2, but ended the session with a best lap of 179.371 mph. Continue reading Menard Qualifies 14th At Atlanta

New Rules Await Menards/Moen Team At Atlanta

New Rules Await Menards/Moen Team At Atlanta

February 20, 2019

After sporting the Motorcraft/Quick Lane colors throughout Speedweeks at Daytona International Speedway, the Wood Brothers’ No. 21 Ford Mustang will be going Menards/Moen neon yellow and blue for this weekend’s Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

But that won’t be the only major change for Paul Menard and the No. 21 team, as well as the rest of the drivers and cars in the Monster Energy Cup Series. Beginning at Atlanta, Cup cars will transition to a higher downforce/lower horsepower package that is intended to foster more side-by-side racing.

That drastic rules change has many veterans in the garage, including Eddie Wood, wondering just how the new engine/aerodynamic combination will play out once the green flag drops on Sunday.

“We tested the new package at Las Vegas, and Paul and the team were pleased with how it went, but no one really knows what to expect when there are 40 cars on the track,” Wood said, adding that NASCAR and its teams have put a lot of work into the new package, which is similar to the one used in last year’s NASCAR All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway. “There’s going to be a big difference in horsepower from what we’re used to, but there’s been a lot of work done and a lot of research put into this rules change so the racing should be good.”

For the Woods and their fellow Ford campaigners, Sunday’s 500-miler at Atlanta will be the first intermediate-track race for the new Ford Mustang.

“We were really happy with the performance of the Mustang at Daytona,” Wood said. “I’m confident the Ford teams have adapted to the new package, and I’m anxious to see how it all plays out at Atlanta.”

Menard will be making his 18th career Cup start at Atlanta, while the Wood Brothers will be making their 107th Atlanta start, with 12 wins, 33 top-five and 45 top-10 finishes at the Georgia track.

Cup qualifying at Atlanta is set for 5:10 p.m. on Friday, and the 325-lap race is scheduled to start just after 2 p.m. on Sunday with TV coverage on FOX.

Late Crash Relegates Menard To 29th-Place Finish At Daytona

Late Crash Relegates Menard To 29th-Place Finish At Daytona

February 17, 2019

After battling back from being a lap down, Paul Menard and his No. 21 Motorcraft/Quick Lane Mustang were racing among the leaders in the closing laps of the Daytona 500 only to be involved in a multi-car crash that ended his night.

With nine of the scheduled 200 laps remaining, Menard attempted to pass the No. 95 of Matt DiBenedetto but collided with DiBenedetto, triggering a 21-car crash.

Menard shouldered the blame for the incident. Continue reading Late Crash Relegates Menard To 29th-Place Finish At Daytona

Chevy Racing–NASCAR–Daytona 500–Dale Earnhardt Jr.

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FEBRUARY 17, 2019

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Menard Secures Seventh Starting Spot For Daytona 500 As Mustang Drivers Dominate Duels

Menard Secures Seventh Starting Spot For Daytona 500 As Mustang Drivers Dominate Duels

February 15, 2019

Paul Menard and the No. 21 Motorcraft/Quick Lane team are set to start the Daytona 500 from seventh place thanks to Menard’s third-place finish in the first of two Gander RV Duels on Thursday night.

Menard started the 150-mile qualifying race from sixth position but settled out in fourth place, where he ran until a green-flag pit stop at lap 12 of 60. Continue reading Menard Secures Seventh Starting Spot For Daytona 500 As Mustang Drivers Dominate Duels