This weekend in Las Vegas is going to be full of the unknown for NASCAR driver Paul Menard. As Menard and his team prepare for qualifying, the only thing that is for sure is the paint scheme that will be featured on the No. 27 machine. For those of you that are wondering, Menard will be debuting the Quaker State paint scheme for the first time this season.
As exciting as the new paint scheme might be, the possibility of a new addition to the Menard family this weekend is taking the top spot on that list. Menard and his wife are anxiously awaiting the arrival of their first child and it could literally happen any day now. As a result of this, Menard will have reigning NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Champion Matt Crafton on standby for the weekend.
While its business as usual until he hears otherwise for Menard, Crafton finds himself in a tricky position. When asked about what it’s like being there just in case, Crafton shared this thoughts on the situation.
It’s tough, because you just don’t know when or even if it will happen, but kind of like that backup quarterback, you have to be ready at any time. Paul and I have been good friends going back to 2001. We’ve raced together and I actually spotted for him early in his career. For him to have the confidence in me to get the job done if he has to head back home, that’s awesome.
Menard heads into Las Vegas coming off of a 23rd place finish in Phoenix. If Menards takes the green flag on Sunday, he will obviously be hoping to find a better result.
Source: Sports Dimensions Inc.