Paul Menard (born August 21, 1980) is a NASCAR driver. He currently drives the No. 27 Menard's/NIBCO Chevrolet in the Sprint Cup Series for Richard Childress Racing. He is the son of Menards founder John Menard, Jr., whose company is his sponsor. Menard was born in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, and he attended the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. Menard's racing career began at the age of eight when he won the Briggs Junior Karting Class Championship in his native Eau Claire, Wisconsin. He later won the Briggs Medium Class Champion before working his way up to higher level racing. He began ice racing at the age of 15 and won 10 International Ice Racing Association events in his career. He continues to compete in IIRA events in and around Wisconsin. In the summers he raced legends cars on short tracks in Wisconsin. He borrowed Bryan Reffner's Late Model for a week winning his heat race and placing around fourth in the feature.
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