Report: Potential standby drivers needed for Matt Kenseth this weekend

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Last weekend, Paul Menard was due to have Matt Crafton on standby in case Menard’s wife gave birth on Sunday in Las Vegas. That didn’t happen, and Menard raced to his best finish in two years, with third place.

Now Matt Kenseth may be next in line if his wife, Katie, gives birth to the couple’s third girl.

Per Motor Racing Network, if Kenseth has to leave Bristol Motor Speedway this weekend, two drivers would be available on standby.

Sam Hornish Jr., who’s contracted to race seven NASCAR Nationwide Series races in Joe Gibbs Racing’s No. 54 Toyota Camry, would take over Kenseth’s Nationwide JGR car.

On the Cup side, Jeff Burton, who raced last weekend with Michael Waltrip Racing, would be on deck for the Cup race in the No. 20 Toyota Camry.

Kenseth, if he has to leave, would miss the opportunity for another dust-up with Jeff Gordon in Bristol.

And Menard’s wife, as it stands now, hasn’t yet given birth to their new child as of Wednesday afternoon.

IndyCar, Dallara reveal tweak to speedway aero package

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INDYCAR and Dallara revealed on Monday that a front wing extension will be made available to Verizon IndyCar Series teams to use as part of the super speedway aero package for the universal aero kits.

The extensions are expected to provide an increase in front downforce, by a minimum of three percent, and teams will be free to use them as needed. Dallara is also providing an additional wicker that can be used as a part of the extension.

The change comes in the wake of drivers voicing concerns about stability at the front of the car, especially while running in traffic – concerns which surfaced initially during Indianapolis 500 practice.

More details about the change can be viewed on IndyCar’s website.

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