Menard brings home solid finish at Las Vegas
While Brad Keselowski and Dale Earnhardt Jr. were battling for the win in Sunday’s Kobalt 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Paul Menard was having his best run of the year.
After recording finishes of 32nd at Daytona International Speedway and 23rd at Phoenix International Raceway, the Richard Childress Racing driver brought home the No. 27 Chevrolet in the third spot.
"Just had a really solid car all day and all weekend really," he said following the race.
While the car was not particularly fast in practice and qualifying, the team focused primarily on race runs and made the right adjustments to anticipate the track conditions on Sunday.
"(We) did a few adjustments overnight, anticipating the track was going to be a little hotter, slicker, kind of played into our favor, and really had a solid car from the green flag," he said. "Felt like we had definitely a top 3 car and at times the best car. It was cool going up and passing Jimmie (Johnson) for the lead and passing him for a few laps, but just proud of my guys."
Perhaps Menard was driving with a bit of motivation, as his wife is expecting their first child. Matt Crafton was standing by throughout the weekend in case Menard had to leave the track to be with his wife.
"The due date is Tuesday," he said. "My phone is back at the hauler so she might have called, but I told her to call. Matt Crafton is my backup and he really wants to get in the car, so I told Jennifer if it’s important, call Matt because he’s sure as hell going to tell me. I didn’t get the call, though, so I guess everything is good."