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Paul Menard, wife welcome first child

March 20, 2014, Staff report, NASCAR.com

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NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Paul Menard became a father Tuesday night as he and his wife, Jennifer, welcomed the birth of a daughter, Remi Barbara Christine Menard.

The couple's first child weighed 8 pounds, 9 ounces at birth.

Matt Crafton, the reigning NASCAR Camping World Truck Series champion, will fill-in for Menard for Friday's practice session and Coors Light Pole Qualifying at Auto Club Speedway, Richard Childress Racing tweeted on Thursday. Menard will arrive at Fontana on Saturday for the day's two practices as well as Sunday's Auto Club 400.

"Baby watch" first started at Las Vegas, where Menard drove the No. 27 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet to a stellar third-place finish, leading six laps in the Kobalt 400 to record his best finish in the Sprint Cup Series since a third-place effort at Kansas Speedway in October 2012.

Menard competed that race with Crafton on standby as a potential relief driver.

At Bristol last week with standby drivers at the ready, Menard drove to a 21st-place finish.

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