PAUL MENARD IS TURNING HEADS

Paul Menard stood on Bristol's pit road. He had just climbed from his Richard Childress Racing machine. After 500 laps around Thunder Valley, Menard finished fifth. He is also ranked fifth in Cup Series points. Menard's PR representative was joyful, his crew chief was smiling, and his spotter gave him a high five while walking past.  But Menard did not look overly happy. He didn’t look angry or disappointed either. Without appearing to have a bead of sweat on his face a ...

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OPEN WHEEL POWER SHINES AT ATLANTA

 Kurt Busch won the spring Cup race at Atlanta Motor Speedway for the second year in a row. He did it with a new crew chief, but the same car owner. Roger Penske strolled to victory lane on a day when the influence of single-seat and open cockpit racing became evident at the finish.  Penske, or "The Captain" as he is known around racing circuits, is synonymous with motorsports success. He has many owner trophies from NASCAR and even more from various Indycar-style series.& ...

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CONGRATULATIONS TO PAUL MENARD, YOUR 2009 FLOPPER AWARD WINNER

 By starting his car at Sunday's race in Homestead, Paul Menard took home the 2009 FLOPPER (Finishes Last in Overall Points while Participating in Every Race) award. Much like his counterpart at the top of the standings, there wasn’t much doubt who was winning the hardware going into the final weekend of the season. The title was Menard’s to lose - and it proved to be the only thing he did not lose this season. Mr. Menard follows in the footsteps of legendary drivers like R ...

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PAUL MENARD, YOUR DESTINY AWAITS

Following Sunday's race in Phoenix, Paul Menard takes a commanding 164-point lead in the FLOPPER (Finishes Last in Overall Points while Participating in Every Race) standings going into the final race of the year. So he has that going for him. Some notes of interest:1) Menard actually has fewer points than David Stremme, who has missed the last two races of the year.2) Menard is the only driver on this list with ZERO top-10 finishes this season. 3) The max difference between first and 43rd is ...

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FLOPPER STANDINGS: JOHNSON NOT ONLY DRIVER RACING AWAY WITH A TITLE

After Sunday's very early wreck at Talladega, Paul Menard (pictured above) is running away with this year's FLOPPER award. His lead now rivals Jimmie Johnson's at the top of the Sprint Cup standings. Big congratulations to former FLOPPER contender Jamie McMurray who won the race this weekend. He had been in the standings consistently through two races ago. After four straight finishes of 28th or worse, McMurray took sixth at Martinsville and won Talladega. McMurray now has two of his three ca ...

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LABONTE MAKING A RUN AT FLOPPER AWARD

Take heart, Paul Menard. Bobby Labonte's 31st-place finish at Charlotte inched him slightly closer to the FLOPPER lead. Not far behind Menard and Labonte, three other drivers are creeping within striking distance. And in the next group we find Sam Hornish Jr., who single-handedly spun himself out twice to bring out the first two cautions of last week’s race. Way to earn your FLOPPER status, Sam.I thought it would be interesting this week to include the prize winnings of each driver in this ...

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BRIGHT SPOT FOR FLOPPER STANDINGS LEADER PAUL MENARD

Sunday’s race in Fontana did not produce much of a change in the FLOPPER standings. Auto racing's worst prize is still Paul Menard’s to win. Or lose - depending on your perspective. A few notes: 1.) Paul Menard still holds a decent lead, with four guys between 85 and 144 points behind him.   2.) There is still a chance for one of the others to make a late move to the top of these standings. Six races is a lot of time to make something happen in the FLOPPER chase.&nb ...

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MENARD’S FLOPPER LEAD SHRINKS

With Dover over and Kansas on the horizon, it is time to update the FLOPPER standings. For those of you new to the game, FLOPPER stands for Finishes Last in Overall Points while Participating in Every Race. Until a few weeks ago the title was Robby Gordon’s to lose, which is exactly what he did when he skipped the race in Richmond to go off-roading in Nevada. Now the award is Paul Menard’s to lose, and he appears intent on losing it as well. Let's take a look at an expanded version o ...

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MENARD STRENGTHENS FLOPPER LEAD

Paul Menard finished Sunday’s race in New Hampshire a strong 34th, 13 laps off the lead. Thanks to that effort - and Robby Gordon's decision not to run at Richmond - he now holds a triple-digit advantage in the FLOPPER standings. With only nine races to go, this might be too big of a lead for anybody else to overcome.   How about the effort by Bobby Labonte to get last-minute funding and drive his No. 71 TRG car to a lead-lap finish in 22nd place? He even led a lap, earning a ...

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MENARD TAKES FLOPPER LEAD

Yo Paul, I'm really happy for you, and I'm going to let you finish, but Robby Gordon is the biggest FLOPPER of all time...We have witnessed a stunning turn in this season's race for the FLOPPER award. Robby Gordon is no longer eligible to defend his FLOPPER because he did not compete in Saturday's race at Richmond. Instead, he ran an off-road race in Nevada. The FLOPPER, of course, goes to the driver who competes in every race and amasses the fewest points.Is it possible that Gordon made this de ...

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