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Menards, vendors to sponsor Brandon Jones in Xfinity Series

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Menards home improvement stores and some of its partner vendors will sponsor Brandon Jones‘ No. 19 Toyota in 10 Xfinity Series races, Joe Gibbs Racing announced Thursday.

Jones, in his first year with JGR, will have one partner-specific brand on his hood in each of Menards’ races.

Menards was a sponsor of Jones the last three years at Richard Childress Racing. The company will sponsor both Paul Menard and Ryan Blaney in the Cup Series this season.

Menards, also the title sponsor of the ARCA Racing Series, has been involved in NASCAR since 2001.

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Menards to sponsor Ryan Blaney for 14 races next season

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The home improvement store company Menards will sponsor Ryan Blaney and Team Penske’s No. 12 Ford in 14 races next season, the team announced Wednesday.

Those 14 races join the 22 that it will sponsor Paul Menard in the No. 21 Ford owned by Wood Brothers Racing.

The 14 races will be Menards’ first tenure with Team Penske in NASCAR after sponsoring the IndyCar driven by Simon Pagenaud since 2016. Menards will continue as an IndyCar sponsor for Team Penske next year.

“Having a company like Menards, and a businessman like John Menard, be a part of the growth with the No. 12 team is terrific for our organization,” Roger Penske said in a press release. “Menards has a winning tradition in motorsports and Team Penske looks forward to adding to that legacy. We have enjoyed a productive relationship with Menards through our IndyCar program, and they were a key part of our championship effort last season. We are excited about the opportunity to grow with them in NASCAR beginning next season.”

Blaney is transitioning full-time to Team Penske after two full seasons with the Wood Brothers. He has driven part-time for Penske in the Xfinity Series since 2012.

Menards first sponsored a Cup car with seven races in 2000 with Robby Gordon. Menards has visited victory lane once in the Cup Series, when Paul Menard won the 2011 Brickyard 400.

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When he retires from NASCAR, Paul Menard will go racing – ice racing, that is

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When a NASCAR driver retires, he typically either quits cold turkey or moves on to other challenges.

Some even stay in racing as a team owner, broadcaster or some other type of role.

But that likely won’t be the case for NASCAR Cup driver Paul Menard, who has among the more unique post-retirement racing plans of any NASCAR driver past or present.

“I’m probably going to own an ice racing team at some point,” Menard said of his future plans Wednesday during the NASCAR Media Tour in Charlotte.

Yep, you know, the kind of thing they do on the frozen lakes and rivers in Menard’s native state of Wisconsin, as well as Minnesota, Canada and other points north. No matter if it’s a car, motorcycle, snowmobile, ATV or more, if it can hold its weight and not crash into the water, it’s a candidate for ice racing.

Why ice racing for Menard? First off, he’s been doing it since he was 15 years old. And while Menard has only one NASCAR Cup win (2011 Brickyard 4oo) and two Xfinity triumphs, he’s a 10-time event winner in International Ice Racing Association competition.

In the bigger picture, the 36-year-old Menard has been around racing his entire life. His father, John, founder of the Menards home improvement stores chain, spent more than 30 years in racing himself (he’s now retired), primarily as a team owner of several cars that competed in the Indianapolis 500. His teams also won the 1997 and 1998 Indy Racing League championships.

The younger Menard may eventually follow in his father’s footsteps, but for now – and after ice racing – he has NASCAR as his next priority if and when he would ever form or buy a team.

“As far as NASCAR, I’m going to leave the door open,” Menard said. “I have no idea. But whenever I do retire, I’m going to stay involved in motorsports.

“It’s a passion, it’s what I’ve always done, my whole family is involved and it’s all we do. When that day comes, I’m going to spend the season ice racing and go from there.”

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Menards continues as RCR sponsor in Xfinity Series

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Richard Childress Racing announced Tuesday it is continuing its relationship with sponsor Menards, a home improvement store chain, in the Xfinity Series in 2016.

The company will be the primary sponsor of Paul Menard in the No. 2 and the No. 33 of rookie Brandon Jones in select races. It is also the main sponsor of Paul Menard in the Sprint Cup Series. Jones, 18, is racing a full season after making his Xfinity debut with RCR at Iowa Speedway last season.

Driver Paul Menard’s father, John, is the founder and owner of the chain.

“Menards’ continued support this season with Paul Menard and Brandon Jones in the Xfinity Series is a true testament to their commitment to RCR and this sport,” said Richard Childress, CEO and Chairman of RCR in a team release. “The Menards racing team found success last season with Paul winning in his home state of Wisconsin and Brandon’s solid finishes on track. We hope to build on that success this year and provide Menards an opportunity to be a winning company both on and off the race track.”

RCR recorded five Xfinity Series wins last year, with Paul Menard winning one on his home track of Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin. His first Xfinity race of 2016 will be at Atlanta Motor Speedway and will be his 200th start in the series.