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Paul Menard is starting in the rear today at Texas for a reason that will make him smile.

Jefferey Earnhardt is starting in the rear for a reason that should make him cringe.

Earnhardt got penalized for a transmission change, and Menard for having Daniel Hemric qualifying his car.

Hemric qualifying for Menard is more than understandable. He wasn’t at qualifying on Friday because he became a daddy for the second time when his wife gave bitth on Wednesday.

Daniel Hemric qualified in the No. 27 Chevrolet for Menard since he wasn’t available. But as a result, NASCAR rules say Menard is going to have to start from the rear.


That’s a small price to pay.

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