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NASCAR Cup: Daniel Hemric on standby for Paul Menard at Kansas

Daniel Hemric (photo courtesy of Getty Images for NASCAR)

Daniel Hemric (photo courtesy of Getty Images for NASCAR)

By AMANDA VINCENT

Paul Menard, the regular driver of the No. 27 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, may not be available for Sunday’s Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway near Kansas City, as he’s on “baby watch,” awaiting the birth of his second child. If Menard leaves the track prior to the race or gets the call to leave during the race, Daniel Hemric will drive the car in his place.

Menard is at Kansas Speedway. He qualified the No. 27 in the 23rd position on Friday and has participated in all three practice sessions.

“Obviously, first off, that is a cool situation for Paul and his wife, waiting on the birth of their second child, so that has got to be exciting,” Hemric said. “I’m just lucky to have the call to, hopefully, get in when the time comes and if it comes during the race weekend, so just trying to take all the precautions possible to be ready if that time does happen here this weekend or whatever weekend it is moving forward.  Just excited to be part of it.”

Hemric, who drives for RCR in the NASCAR Xfinity Series, made some laps in Menard’s car in final practice Saturday afternoon in preparation for a possible Cup Series debut.

The Xfinity Series also races at Kansas Speedway this weekend, running the Kansas Lottery 300, the first race of the second round of the Xfinity Series playoffs, Saturday. Hemric is among the eight drivers still eligible for the 2017 series championship.

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