Regardless of earlier stories, Paul Menard is ready to retire from NASCAR Cup Collection competitors following the conclusion of the 2019 season.
Paul Menard gave the impression to be all set to return to Wooden Brothers Racing for what would have been his 14th consecutive season as a full-time NASCAR Cup Collection driver and his third consecutive season driving the #21 Ford for the Group Penske-affiliated crew.
However the 39-year-old Eau Claire, Wisconsin native has introduced that he can be retiring upon the conclusion of the 2019 season as an alternative.
Here’s what Menard needed to say about his choice, in response to NASCAR.
“I’ve loved each second of my profession racing within the NASCAR Cup Collection, and I’m so grateful for all the nice reminiscences and friendships I’ve made by means of this sport. However I’m wanting ahead to spending extra time at dwelling with my spouse, Jennifer, and our two younger youngsters whereas transferring ahead with the following chapter of my life.
“I’m excited for what the longer term holds and I’m wanting ahead to sharing the plans for 2020 and past within the coming weeks.”
Menard started competing within the Cup Collection in 2003. After competing in a single race within the 2003 season, one race within the 2005 season and choose races within the 2006 season, he landed a full-time trip with Dale Earnhardt, Inc. for the 2007 season and has pushed full-time ever since.
Menard continued driving for Dale Earnhardt, Inc. within the 2008 season earlier than touchdown a trip with Yates Racing for the 2009 season. He then drove for Richard Petty Motorsports within the 2010 season earlier than touchdown a trip with Richard Childress Racing, the place he stayed from the 2011 season by means of the 2017 season.
Throughout his seven-year tenure at Richard Childress Racing, Menard secured what’s his solely Cup Collection victory to at the present time, as he received the Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in July of 2011. He completed in a career-high 14th place within the championship standings within the 2015 season.
He has pushed for Wooden Brothers Racing because the begin of the 2018 season because the alternative for Ryan Blaney, who was promoted to Group Penske as their third driver.
Menard has competed in every of the final 442 races going again to the 2007 season, a season throughout which he did not qualify for six of the 36 races on the schedule. In whole, he has competed in 461 races all through his profession, and that quantity is ready to rise to 471 with 10 races remaining on the 36-race 2019 schedule.
Menard has recorded 69 high 10 finishes, together with 20 high 5 finishes, and two pole positions, though he virtually added a 3rd along with his second place beginning place for this previous Sunday’s Brickyard 400. He has led 336 of the 129,241 laps that he has accomplished and recorded a mean beginning place of 20.zero and a mean ending place of 20.three.
By way of the primary 26 races of the 2019 season, Menard has recorded 4 high 10 finishes and sits in 19th place within the championship standings. He has led 5 of the 7,173 laps that he has accomplished and recorded a mean beginning place of 15.2 and a mean ending place of 16.three.
Matt DiBenedetto, who at the moment drives for Leavine Household Racing, is ready to switch Menard behind the wheel of the #21 Ford subsequent yr.
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We want Paul Menard nothing however one of the best all through the rest of the 2019 NASCAR Cup Collection season and as he pursues life after his racing profession.