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Eau Claire’s Paul Menard retires from full-time NASCAR competition

Stuart, VA (WQOW) – Eau Claire’s racing son Paul Menard is calling it a career.

Wood Brothers Racing, the oldest team in NASCAR, made the announcement on Tuesday morning.

Menard, 39, has spent the past two seasons in the 21 Wood Brothers Ford.

“I’ve enjoyed every moment of my career racing in the NASCAR Cup Series and I’m so thankful for all the great memories and friendships I’ve made through this sport. But I’m looking forward to spending more time at home with my wife Jennifer and our two young children while moving forward with the next chapter of my life,” said Menard. “I want to thank everyone at Wood Brothers Racing, along with Team Penske, and our partners at Menards, Motorcraft, Quick Lane Tire & Auto Centers and Ford. It’s been a privilege to work with them and some of the true legends of our sport, including Andy Petree, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Robert Yates, Richard Petty, Richard Childress, Roger Penske and Glen and Leonard Wood. I’m excited for what the future holds and I’m looking forward to sharing the plans for 2020 and beyond in the coming weeks.”

Menard won one race in his NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series career. That win came at the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway in 2011.

His final race will be at Homestead-Miami in November. Matt DiBenedetto, a new fan favorite, will take over the ride in 2020.

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