Paul Menard races his Chevrolet to third place in Las Vegas just before racing property: Menard’s wife expecting a child at any time

Menard’;s wife expecting a little one at any time

By: Reid Spencer, Nascar Wire Service on 3/09/2014

Paul Menard finished third in Las Vegas after leading for a short time.

LAT PHOTOGRAPHIC – Paul Menard finished third in Las Vegas following major for 6 laps.

After struggling in the 2nd half of final Sunday’;s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Phoenix, Paul Menard came back with a vengeance at Las Vegas, even however his thoughts may have been elsewhere.

With wife Jennifer expecting the couple’;s very first little one — imminently — Menard led 6 laps in Sunday’;s Kobalt 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, working down Jimmie Johnson for the top spot on lap 199 of 267, and in the end completed third behind race winner Brad Keselowski and runner-up Dale Earnhardt Jr.

As it turned out, Menard didn’;t require the companies of Matt Crafton, who was standing by as a possible relief driver in the occasion Menard’;s wife went into labor.

“It’;s massive for sure,” Menard mentioned of his robust performance. “We’;ve had a actually good automobile the first 3 races… just missed it about halfway via the race in Phoenix.

“This is good redemption. The guys in no way give up. Had a fantastic car in Daytona, naturally led a bunch of laps. But this Quaker State/Menards Chevy was hauling ass on prolonged runs. Had a whole lot of those these days and it sort of played in our favor.”

Asked how swiftly he would make the return journey to North Carolina, Menard replied, “As soon as feasible — I have received a plane to catch.”

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