Daytona Duel: Patrick Carpentier preview

Patrick Carpenter and the No. 10 Valvoline Dodge Charger were the talk of the garage this weekend posting one of the fastest times during pre-Daytona 500 qualifying practices on Saturday. The team's hard work and dedication paid off when...

Patrick Carpenter and the No. 10 Valvoline Dodge Charger were the talk of the garage this weekend posting one of the fastest times during pre-Daytona 500 qualifying practices on Saturday. The team's hard work and dedication paid off when Carpentier busted off a strong lap of 48.44 sec/185.766 mph. The lap not only made him the highest qualifying Dodge driver, but gave him a starting position of seventh for Thursday's second Twin-150.

DRIVE PATRICK CARPENTIER QUOTES:

LOOKING FORWARD TO THE 150: "The crew did a great job in preparing the Valvoline Dodge. We had high hopes of qualifying for the Daytona 500 on time today. But realistically, I was prepared to do it in the 150s on Thursday. We are going to start seventh and I'm excited. Nothing in my racing career ever came easy for me, so I didn't expect qualifying for the 500 to be easy either. We will go out there on Thursday and do our best; that's all we can do.

"I'm going to try and relax as much as I can before the race on Thursday. We have Monday and Tuesday off this week. I'm going to go into Orlando with some friends and find some fun things to do. I still need to get some things for my new motorcoach, so we'll probably do some shopping and enjoy the city a little bit."

ON THE QUALIFYING PROCEDURES FOR THE DAYTONA 500: "It is very difficult for us not being in the top-35. It's going to be very stressful for the first few weekends. Hopefully we get that car back in the top-35, but every weekend you kind of lose a couple nights of sleep with that on your mind. It makes you focus more; it's a good show though. People on TV have kind of got different shows to watch and this makes for a good show. But honestly, for me, I would like to have everybody have to qualify at every race. That would be fun. That's the way it is and it's the same for everybody."

-credit: gem

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Drivers Patrick Carpentier , Patrick Carpen