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Tag:Paul Menard
Posted on: February 4, 2011 11:22 am
Edited on: February 4, 2011 11:23 am
 

Woods to get RPM points

Posted By Pete Pistone

The Wood Brothers will reportedly acquire the 2010 owner points from Richard Petty Motorsports' No. 19 entry.

Elliott Sadler drove the RPM car last season and accumulated enough points to stay within the Top 35 in the owner standings. But when the Petty organization went through a restructuring over the winter, the 19 and 98 entries were shut down.

By purchasing the 19 team points, the Woods have assured their No. 21 entry and driver Trevor Bayne a guaranteed starting spot in the first five races of the 2011 Sprint Cup season including the Daytona 500. Teams who finished within the first 35 in the owner standings of the previous year earn locked-in status in the opening five events of the following season.

The points racked up by Paul Menard, who drove the RPM No. 98 Ford last year, were bought by Richard Childress who applied them to the No. 27 entry Menard will drive for RCR this season.

The practice of buying and selling owner points as a commodity has been a practice since NASCAR instituted the Top 35 rule a few years ago. The sanctioning body has not indicated it will step in to stop the procedure.
Posted on: October 25, 2010 11:00 am
 

RPM remains a mess; Labbe following Menard to RCR

While Richard Petty Motorsports teams are expected to race at Talladega, nobody is quite sure what will happen following that race.

RPM is reported to be in disarray financially, leaving AJ Allmendinger , who re-signed to drive the No. 43, and Marcos Ambrose , who is set to take over the No. 9 car next season, somewhat concerned about whether those seats are still secure.

Richard Petty told espn.com he has every intention of remaining in the sport. According to multiple reports, he's trying to put together a group of investors to buy back controlling interest from George Gillett.

Meanwhile, Pete Pistone has confirmed that Slugger Labbe will join Paul Menard in his move to Richard Childress Racing in 2011.
Posted on: August 11, 2010 11:36 am
 

Is Menard more than a sponsorship cash cow?


As noted in a previous blog post , Paul Menard will join Richard Childress Racing next season.

Based on his career record in the Cup Series -- two top fives and five top 10s in 133 career starts -- it might seem odd to the average fan that Menard could land a job with one of the top tier teams in NASCAR. Of course, your informed fan is well aware that Menard has one very huge advantage in his back pocket -- sponsorship. Menard's father John owns Menards, the third-largest home improvement chain in the United States, and has funded Paul's racing dreams throughout his career.

For better or worse, sponsorship is a driving force in NASCAR. If you got it, you're pretty much a golden child.

So is it fair to say Menard landed his RCR gig simply because of the sponsorship he brings with him? Yes and no.

I say yes because I believe without that sponsorship, RCR wouldn't have had any interest in signing him.

However -- and here's where the no comes in -- I don't believe the sponsorship alone was the reason RCR sign him. I think RCR sees potential in Menard to become more than just a bit player. I just don't know that Childress would have been willing to take that chance on Menard without that sponsorship in place.

I'm on the fence on Menard as far as how good a driver he can become. I don't know that he has been given a fair shake in top-notch equipment just yet. His DEI years came at a time when that organization was in a state of turmoil, Yates Racing was a shell of its former self during his stint there and Richard Petty Motorsports isn't exactly a major player anymore either.

Menard has actually been -- for lack of a better word -- "decent" in recent weeks, turning in five consecutive top 20s. Maybe, just maybe, he's ready to turn the corner. A good point on Menard is that he takes care of his equipment. He may not have the speed, but he generally doesn't wreck out of races with 11 DNFs in 133 starts.

I don't see a Cup championship is in his future, but I think he's skilled enough to at least make a run at the Chase in RCR equpiment and, with a little luck, perhaps pull out a win or two.

-- Brian De Los Santos

Posted on: August 11, 2010 10:29 am
Edited on: August 11, 2010 11:40 am
 

RCR signs Menard to a multi-year contract


Richard Childress Racing is expanding back to a four-car operation, signing Paul Menard to a multi-year contract.

De Los Santos: Is Menard more than a sponsorship cash cow?

Menard is in the midst of his fourth full-time season in the Cup Series. He started his career with Dale Earnhardt Inc. He spent 2009 with Yates Racing before joining Richard Petty Racing this season. In 133 career starts he has two top fives (one this year) and three top 10s (three this year).

Press release follows:

WELCOME, N.C. (Aug. 11, 2010) -- Richard Childress Racing and Menards, the third-largest home improvement company in the United States, have signed a multi-year partnership agreement for the Eau Claire, Wisconsin-based company to become the primary sponsor of RCR's fourth NASCAR Sprint Cup Series team beginning in 2011 with driver Paul Menard.
 
"Paul has developed into a very good race car driver, and we see his move to RCR next year as an opportunity for him to continue that progress," said Richard Childress, president and CEO of Richard Childress Racing. "At the same time, we feel Paul will contribute to the continued progress and success of RCR. Paul will fit in perfectly with our team of drivers at RCR, and they are all looking forward to working with him. We're also very proud to be aligned with Menards, one of the great family business success stories in American history."
 
Menard is in his fourth full season of NASCAR Sprint Cup Series competition and is currently 23rd in the point standings after 22 of 36 points races. The Eau Claire, Wis., native made his series debut in 2003, running just one race while also competing in six Nationwide Series races. He raced fulltime in the Nationwide Series from 2004 through 2006 while picking up Cup Series experience in eight other races during that time. In 2007, Menard became a fulltime driver in the Cup Series and part-time Nationwide Series driver, though he is scheduled to compete in every event of both series in 2010. He is currently sixth in the Nationwide Series point standings after 22 of 35 races.
 
"Richard Childress Racing has shown this year that they're headed on the right track," said Menard. "Having three cars competing for the Chase and, ultimately, the championship is no small feat and they're on top of their game. With that in mind and having known Richard for the past 10 years or so, when this opportunity to join RCR came about it was a no-brainer. I have always had the utmost respect for Richard and what his organization has accomplished in the past and what they're capable of achieving in the future."
 
Menards has a long, successful history as a racing sponsor dating back to the 1970's.  A family-owned and operated business with headquarters in Eau Claire, WI, Menards has 255 retail store locations throughout the Midwest. Menards carries the materials, tools and supplies for all your home improvement needs and is widely recognized as the place to "Save Big Money!"  The Menards family has always been dedicated to service and quality, treating guests like family in a hometown hardware store atmosphere.
 
Further announcements about the program will be forthcoming.






Posted on: August 2, 2010 11:13 am
Edited on: August 2, 2010 4:26 pm
 

Menard to join RCR as fourth Cup team?

Richard Childress is leaving the Nationwide Series -- at least in 2011.

Childress said he will field two teams in the Truck Series for grandsons Austin and Ty Dillion . He said he didn't have enough sponsorship to run two teams in the Nationwide Series and didn't think running just one team made any sense.

According to reports, what is likely to happen is that Childress will lend his assistance to Kevin Harvick's KHI Nationwide Series program.

Childress is also reportedly looking to expand back to a fourth team in the Cup Series, with Paul Menard the leading candidate according to ESPN.com .

Though Menard has done little in his Cup career -- five top 10s in 132 career starts -- he continues to find rides because he brings along sponsorship through his family's hardware chain.

-- Brian De Los Santos

 
 
 
 
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