It was at Watkins Glen one year ago that Patrick Carpentier's dream of racing at NASCAR's highest level came to fruition. Since then the Quebec-native has earned a pole, led 15 laps and logged 20 starts. Carpentier and the No. 10 Charter team ...
It was at Watkins Glen one year ago that Patrick Carpentier's dream of racing at NASCAR's highest level came to fruition. Since then the Quebec-native has earned a pole, led 15 laps and logged 20 starts. Carpentier and the No. 10 Charter team continue to chip away at a coveted spot in the top-35. The team needs to gain an average of 14 points each race to accomplish its goal by the season finale at Homestead.
"I'll be honest it was a little weird to sit at home and watch the Charter Dodge race at Pocono last week. But I did what I felt was best for Gillett Evernham Motorsports. We had a great chance of winning the Nationwide race at Montreal and we were so busy last week, even without doing double duty.
"But I'm anxious to get to Watkins Glen. This is going to be a big weekend for us. The team has been preparing good race cars for these tracks and we seem to be piecing together stronger runs each week. It's also the one year anniversary of my first race with Gillett Evernham Motorsports so we want to come out of the Glen with a strong finish.
"You just need to have an open mind and follow some simple rules about road racing. For me, I try to do much of my braking in a straight line. That gets the car slowed up enough to rotate through the corner for good power off.
"Picking your passing points are important too. If you focus the couple spots you can pass in, that allows you to set people up and not force the issue in corners you can't pass in. And I don't forget the importance of keeping our Charter Dodge on the racetrack. You can get into a lot of trouble if you get off course at the Glen. You need to remember that slower is sometimes faster at these places."
* The No. 10 crew will bring chassis No. 246. It finished 23rd at Sonoma. Backup is No. 218.