Expectant finish at Kobalt 400 for Paul Menard
LAS VEGAS -- Paul Menard wasn't sure if he would even race Sunday, but the NASCAR driver had one of his better finishes in recent years. Menard finished third Sunday in the Kobalt 400 after leading six laps at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. At one point he passed four-time Las Vegas winner Jimmie Johnson for the lead. "Just had a really solid car all day and all weekend," said Menard, who drives the No. 27 Chevrolet for Richard Childress Racing and has one career Sprint Cup Series win, at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in 2011. Menard and his wife were expecting their first child, and Childress had Matt Crafton ready as a backup driver this weekend in case Menard suddenly had to leave. That ...