Crafton to Sub for Menard on Friday

Paul Menard

Menard will be with his Richard Childress Racing team for Saturday’s practice and Sunday’s race. (Photo: Getty Images)

FONTANA, Calif. - Matt Crafton will practice and qualify for Paul Menard today at Auto Club Speedway, as Menard takes his wife and newborn baby home from the hospital.

Menard’s wife gave birth Tuesday to Remi. It is the first child for the couple. Menard will be with his Richard Childress Racing team for Saturday’s practice and Sunday’s race.

“I’ve got to commend Paul for doing the right thing,’’ crew chief Slugger Labbe said of Menard remaining with his family until they got home.

With the driver switch, Menard will start at the rear of the field in Sunday’s race. Labbe noted that they had a flat tire with about 80 laps left in this race a year ago and came back to finish eighth. Greg Biffle started at the rear in last year’s race because of an engine change and finished sixth.

Labbe said that Crafton’s driving style and Menard’s driving style are similar. That should help get the car ready for Menard when he drives it this weekend.

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