Paul Menard

Paul Menard 2015 Season Driver Preview

Menard posted a career-best five Top 5s and 13 Top 10s in 2014
2015 driver profile for Paul Menard on the NASCR Sprint Cup circuit.

A little food for thought: Paul Menard is coming off what could be considered his best career Sprint Cup season. He had career-bests in both top 5s (5) and top 10s (13), and while his points position was his lowest since 2010, the average finish was among the best of his career. 

 

NASCAR Rookie Report: An Austin Dillon "upset" at Talladega not implausible

RCR, Dillon bring plate-racing chops to Talladega Superspeedway
Rookie Austin Dillon stands a good chance of winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Talladega Superspeedway.

Welcome to the Athlon Rookie Report, where each week David Smith will evaluate the deepest crop of new NASCAR Sprint Cup Series talent since 2006. The Report will include twice-monthly rankings, in-depth analysis, Q&A sessions with the drivers and more.

 

Today, David gives special attention to a rookie primed for an “upset win” this weekend at Talladega.

 

 

The most memorable Richmond moments from NASCAR's Chase era

Kahne grabs NASCAR Chase bid in Atlanta; sets up Richmond showdown

Kasey Kahne wins NASCAR Sprint Cup Series' Oral-B USA 500 in Atlanta
Kasey Kahne wins the Oral-B USA 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway and locks his Hendrick Motorsports team into NASCAR's Chase for the Sprint Cup.

Stewart-Haas Racing’s Kevin Harvick had the field covered on-track at the 1.54-mile Atlanta Motor Speedway on Sunday night; Joe Gibbs Racing’s Denny Hamlin and Matt Kenseth had it covered on pit road. But at the end of a grueling 335-lap affair, it was Hendrick Motorsports’ Kasey Kahne that walked away with the hardware — and a coveted spot in NASCAR’s Chase for the Sprint Cup.

 

Tony Stewart makes his NASCAR return at Atlanta Motor Speedway

Geoffrey Miller's five things to watch at Atlanta Motor Speedway
Each week, Geoffrey Miller’s “Five Things to Watch” will help you catch up on the biggest stories of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series’ upcoming race weekend. This week, as the circuit hits Atlanta Motor Speedway, Tony Stewart’s return, a shift in the 2015 schedule and the two remaining opportunities to earn a “win and you’re in” Chase draw highlight the storylines of the weekend.

Each week, Geoffrey Miller’s “Five Things to Watch” will help you catch up on the biggest stories of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series’ upcoming race weekend. This week, as the circuit hits Atlanta Motor Speedway, Tony Stewart’s return, a shift in the 2015 schedule and the two remaining opportunities to earn a “win and you’re in” Chase draw highlight the storylines of the weekend.

 

 

More questions than answers as Tony Stewart returns

Dale Earnhardt Jr., No. 88 team, hitting on all cylinders following Pocono sweep

Through the Gears: Four things we learned at Pocono Raceway
Post-race reaction from Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s win in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series' GoBowling.com 400 at Pocono Raceway.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. ran into the media center, jumping up to the podium like a four-year-old kid in a candy store. “I’m not gonna run,” quipped crew chief Steve Letarte, but the driver ignored him, jumping up center stage to sit at the same podium where victory tasted so sweet two months earlier.

Gordon, Hendrick remain atop NASCAR charts with Brickyard win

Through the Gears: Four things we learned at Indianapolis
Post-race reaction from Jeff Gordon's win in NASCAR's Brickyard 400 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Speeding past the sport’s best drivers 20  years ago, Jeff Gordon won the inaugural Brickyard 400 en route to starting his own legacy. Much has been made of the win’s impact — his second of 90 Cup victories, — even though it was hardly surprising at the time. After all, Gordon was blooming in his second season and the Indiana native was expected to morph into one of the sport’s all-time best.

NASCAR, Indianapolis need marquee winner to bolster slumping Brickyard 400

Storylines rule the day for NASCAR at the Brickyard. And there have been too few of late.
NASCAR and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway need an intriguing storyline and big-name driver to carry the day at the struggling Brickyard 400.

In a decade of skyrocketing growth for the sport of NASCAR, no single event in the 1990s topped its first visit to the hallowed grounds of Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the 1994 Brickyard 400.

 

However, 20 years later, amid sagging attendance and television ratings and a weekend diluted with Nationwide and nondescript sports car ancillary races, the Sprint Cup Series’ annual visit is a shell of its former self.

 

After Sonoma win, is Carl Edwards' NASCAR destiny as clear cut as believed?

Through the Gears: Four things we learned at Sonoma Raceway
Post-race reaction from the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series' Toyota-Save Mart 350, won by Carl Edwards.

Let’s have a quick flashback to NASCAR 2011. The hottest free agent on the Sprint Cup Series market? Carl Edwards, whose decision lie between sticking with Roush Fenway Racing and replacing a struggling Joey Logano at Joe Gibbs Racing. The choice was difficult, as Edwards was on the comeback trail with RFR after a 2008 season that witnessed a gaudy nine victories and found him on the cusp of unseating Jimmie Johnson.

Johnson slays Michigan, cements standing as NASCAR title favorite

Through the Gears: Four things we learned in Michigan
Post-race reaction from the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series' Quicken Loans 400 at Michigan International Speedway.

With all that Jimmie Johnson has accomplished in NASCAR, it’s amazing there are still tracks on the circuit where the No. 48 team hasn’t won. Michigan was the latest checked off the list, as strategy worked in their favor at a place where Lady Luck has typically bit them instead. In the course of a month, the 48 team has won three of the past four events and been reestablished as the team to beat.  Jimmie Johnson

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