TALLADEGA, AL (October 10, 2019) – Wood Brothers Racing announced today that two-time NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series Champion Matt Crafton will be on stand-by for Paul Menard in Sunday’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series event at Talladega Superspeedway. Crafton will spend time practicing the No. 21 Menards/Tarkett Ford Mustang on Friday to get acclimated to the car. Menard, who has had ongoing soreness and pain with his neck, plans to practice, qualify and start Sunday’s race.
"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."