Crafton on standby as Menard deals with neck issue

On Thursday the Wood Brothers annouced that Matt Crafton would be on stand-by for Paul Menard this weekend at Talladega Superspeedway.

The two-time NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series Champion will see some time practicing the No. 21 Menards/Tarkett Ford Mustang on Friday due to oingiong soreness and pain in the neck of Menard.

Menard is planning to pracitce, qualify and race this weekend so Crafton’s presence is soley one of percaution.

“Due to neck issues I’ve been battling, and talking it over with my wife, team and doctors, I’ve made the decision to be sure Matt (Crafton) is prepared to finish out the race for me if needed,” said Menard. “I’m a race car driver and a competitor, but I also need to be smart and take care of myself for my family. As I want what is best for the Wood Brothers and my 21 family, I know Matt can get in there if need be and mix it up and will do a great job.”