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Kenseth, Menard have backup plans in place

March 14, 2014, Kenny Bruce,

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BRISTOL, Tenn. -- Matt Kenseth says he has Sam Hornish Jr. and Jeff Burton waiting in the wings for next weekend's action at Auto Club Speedway.

Officials with Richard Childress Racing and driver Paul Menard will likely lean on Matt Crafton once again should the need arise this weekend at Bristol Motor Speedway.

Both Kenseth and Menard are expecting additions to their respective families, and contingency plans have been put in place should the need to head to the hospital arise.

Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series teams are competing this weekend at BMS.

Last weekend at Las Vegas, Kenseth, driver of the Joe Gibbs Racing No. 20 Toyota, joked that he simply instructed wife Katie to "wait until Monday" before giving birth to the couple’s third child. 

Friday morning at BMS, Kenseth said those plans might have to be scrapped.

"We kind of had to change that around a little bit, because it’s supposed to rain Sunday," Kenseth said Friday at BMS. "She was praying for Monday, so we had to change that to Tuesday if it’s going to be this week."

Told that the forecast wasn’t promising for Monday as well, Kenseth said, "I guess if we can’t race then we can still have her on Monday."

Hornish Jr., second in the Nationwide Series points standings last year, would fill in for Kenseth "in the Nationwide car," for next week’s race at Auto Club Speedway, according to Kenseth.

"And then, although Jeff Burton is not crazy about going to the west coast, he agreed to standby to practice or something if we needed that for a (Cup) session," Kenseth said.

Burton, who retired from full-time Cup competition at the end of the 2013 season, is running a limited schedule for Michael Waltrip Racing.

Crafton was also on standby for Menard last week at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

It will be the first child for Menard and his wife, Jennifer.


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