Carpentier Returns to the Site of His First Career Cup Pole STATESVILLE, N.C. -- New Hampshire Motor Speedway is a special place to Patrick Carpentier, but it's not just because of the number of Canadian flags that will wave in the grandstands...
Carpentier Returns to the Site of His First Career Cup Pole
STATESVILLE, N.C. -- New Hampshire Motor Speedway is a special place to Patrick Carpentier, but it's not just because of the number of Canadian flags that will wave in the grandstands when the NASCAR Sprint Cup race begins on Sunday.
In June, the Montreal native earned his first Sprint Cup Series pole and led four laps at the one-mile oval in the Berlin City Auto Group Dodge. Carpentier became the first rookie to ever win a pole at NHMS.
Carpentier is eight points out of the lead in the rookie points race following a 25th-place finish at Richmond last weekend and 192 points outside the top 35 in the owner points race.
"Winning that pole at Loudon was one of the highlights of my racing career. It ranks right up there with some of my open wheel victories. I never thought I'd get a chance to race in NASCAR, let alone compete for poles in both of their biggest series.
"We're hoping we can take the Berlin City Auto Group Dodge Charger back up there and get just as good of a start. I know we can get a better finish. Last time we had just started to get the No. 10 dialed in when it started raining and NASCAR called the race. So we hope to improve on that finish.
"The No. 10 team has been doing a great this whole season but especially over the last couple of weeks. We've really been carrying some positive momentum into these races and I think that's beginning to show."
Chassis info: The No. 10 crew will bring chassis No. 252. It's the chassis the earned the pole at Loudon. The backup is 218.
Carpentier's Season: In 21 starts, has one pole, has led eight laps and earned four top-20 finishes. He has three top-five and five top-10 starts plus Raybestos Rookie of the Race honors in six races.