Found May 10, 2013 on Fox Sports:
Paul Menard says he is "close" to re-signing with Richard Childress Racing. Menard said he's "looking forward" to making an announcement soon that he will remain in the No. 27 Menard's Chevrolet. He topped the speed chart in the first NASCAR Sprint Cup practice at Darlington Raceway on Friday with a lap of 173.963 mph. Menard, 32, is currently ninth in the NASCAR Sprint Cup standings. He's remained in the top 10 for seven of 10 weeks this season and earned three consecutive top-10 finishes at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Bristol Motor Speedway and Auto Club Speedway earlier this year. In 2004, Menard ran his first full NASCAR season for Andy Petree Racing in the Nationwide Series. His best Nationwide Series effort, however, came six years later behind the wheel of the No. 98 Roush Fenway Racing Ford in 2010. Menard finished fifth in the Nationwide points standings that season. He made his Sprint Cup debut with Petree in 2003 but did not compete full time until he drove the No. 15 for Dale Earnhardt Inc. in 2007. After two seasons, Menard moved to Yates Racing. In 2010, he was aligned with crew chief Richard "Slugger" Labbe and Menard's consistency picked up considerably with one top-five and six top-10 finishes - which was a career-best at the time. Since Menard and Labbe joined RCR as a package deal in 2011, the driver has experienced the best three seasons of his Cup career, a stretch that includes a victory at the Brickyard 400. In 2012, Menard finished a career-high 16th in the points standings with an average finish of 15.5. Labbe signed an extension two weeks ago. His contract runs through 2016. Labbe's first opportunity as a Cup crew chief came in 1997 with Kenny Irwin Jr. Prior to joining Menard's effort in 2011, the 44-year-old Saco, Maine, native worked with Michael Waltrip, Dale Jarrett and Sterling Marlin.

Paul Menard close to extension with RCR

Paul Menard, 32, is close to an extension with Richard Childress Racing. Menard is competing in his ninth NASCAR Sprint Cup season and has been driving the No. 27 Chevrolet for RCR since 2011. Rumors had been spread that Menards father, John Menard — founder of the home improvement chain Menards, had been seeking to purchase Earnhardt-Ganassi Racing. “It’s a great place,...

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Wait a minute…Paul Menard, daddy’s boy, and Kevin Harvick, heir to the Intimidator’s own ride at Richard Childress Racing? How are we even comparing these two in the same sentence, much less implying that Menard may have surpassed Harvick? Strange as it may sound, that’s exactly what seems to be in the process of taking place, week by week as the action unfolds on the track...

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Bojangles’ Southern 500 from Darlington First Practice Times

Paul Menard led the way with a lap of 28.268 seconds in the first practice for the Bojangles’ Southern 500 from Darlington. Rounding out the top five was Clint Bowyer, Jamie McMurray, Dale Earnhardt, Jr., and Carl Edwards. Pos # Driver Team Time Behind 1 27 Paul Menard Menards / Pittsburgh Paints Chevrolet 28.268 Leader 2 15 Clint Bowyer KFC Boneless Toyota 28.323...

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