Menard gets big win, vindication

Updated: August 1, 2011, 10:32 AM ET
By David Newton | ESPN.com

INDIANAPOLIS -- Crew chief Slugger Labbe was screaming wildly over the team radio late Sunday afternoon at Indianapolis Motor Speedway and congratulations were buzzing in from everywhere when in a soft, almost monotone voice came the words, "Dad, this one's for you."

If you've followed Paul Menard's career, you might smile.

Or shed a tear.

Menard has spent a lifetime being criticized for having a billionaire father advance his career by sponsoring the cars ...

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