Sprint Cup Series rookie Patrick Carpentier will see his third short-track of the season at Richmond Int'l Raceway this weekend. The open wheel veteran's prior experience in NASCAR'S short-track trenches came at Martinsville when he finished ...
Sprint Cup Series rookie Patrick Carpentier will see his third short-track of the season at Richmond Int'l Raceway this weekend. The open wheel veteran's prior experience in NASCAR'S short-track trenches came at Martinsville when he finished 29th.
Carpentier has put on a stellar show in the qualifying sessions this season. He has qualified for the last four consecutive races on speed. In fact, the Quebec-native has started every race that he's had a chance to qualify for, excluding the Daytona 500.
The LifeLock Dodge is 41st in Owner Points after Talladega and is 197 points outside of the top-35.
TV and Radio Times: Qualifying is set for Friday at 5:30 p.m. (ET) on SPEED TV and MRN Radio. Race time on Saturday is 7:30 p.m. (ET) on Fox and MRN Radio.
WHAT DID YOU LEARN FROM TALLADEGA? "Talladega was fun but it was a long day for the LifeLock Dodge. On a positive, we brought the car home in one piece and at Talladega that's certainly an accomplishment. I got more seat time at a restrictor plate track too, which is always good. I know we have some work to do with our restrictor plate program. But we made the race which puts us a step ahead of those guys who went home."
ARE YOU LOOKING FORWARD TO RICHMOND? "Richmond will be a new experience for me in a stock car. I was there in the IRL in 2005 and finished third. I know it will be much different experience in the LifeLock car this weekend. When you enter the corners in an open-wheel car, the car immediately sets and you're off through the corner. But in a stock car, the car never seems to set in the corner so you really have to tip-toe through there. It's funny because people say that stock car racing is just turning left, but let me tell you I've spent a lot of time turning left, then right and left again this year."
A LITTLE HELP "I have such strong support here at Gillett Evernham Motorsports. Even though I may be going to new tracks, the information that I get from my teammates, team directors, engineers and the crew is so helpful. Each week I know that we are going to be as prepared as possible for getting in the race and then focusing on the race. There is a great sense of team at GEM."
Carpentier will be driving chassis No. 242. One of the new style chassis out of the GEM stable. It last race at Phoenix where it finished 33rd. Backup is No. 218.