When Patrick Carpentier and the Lipton Dodge roll into Talladega Superspeedway for this weekend's 117-lap event, it will be his third start this season in the Nationwide Series and his first restrictor plate race in the series. Carpentier and...
When Patrick Carpentier and the Lipton Dodge roll into Talladega Superspeedway for this weekend's 117-lap event, it will be his third start this season in the Nationwide Series and his first restrictor plate race in the series.
Carpentier and the No. 9 crew are coming off a strong run at the road course in Mexico City. The team spent the majority of the race inside the top-10 and finished fifth. The finished bumped the No. 9 Lipton Dodge up five spots in Owner Points to 10th.
TV and Radio Times: Qualifying is set for Friday at 5:00 p.m. (ET) on SPEED and MRN Radio. Race time: Saturday at 3 p.m. (ET) on ABC and MRN Radio.
TALK ABOUT YOUR STONG RUN LAST WEEK "I knew we had a good car from the beginning of the race but we suffered through a hot engine all day. Towards the end of the race it just lost too much power for us to be able to run up front like we were. I wanted to get a strong finish for the crew so I didn't force anything and drifted back to where I could get some cool air to the engine.
"To come out of Mexico with a top-five finish is huge for us. I knew we had a car capable of this finish. To get a strong run with the engine running hot says a lot about the capabilities of this team."
ARE YOU LOOKING FORWARD TO TALLADEGA? "I think it will be a neat experience. I have been watching a lot of the races on DVD. All I can say is 'wow'! It looks like so much fun. My teammate, Elliott Sadler says it takes a few years off your life every time you go there. I pray we can keep all four wheels on the ground.
"I'm going to try and continue the strong run we had last week. We'll be realistic and smart. I still have a lot to learn about racing in the draft and the last thing I want to do is get caught up in a big wreck. But you don't always have a choice on that. So we'll be respectful and try to keep the car clean. Hopefully by the end we'll still be hanging around in a position for a good finish.
"I'm glad to be getting a chance to run both the Nationwide race. The more experience and time I spend in the draft, the better. It's still a learning experience but we also want to do well for our friends a Lipton. On a track like this you never know what's going to happen."
* Carpentier will drive chassis No. 26 at Talladega. It last raced at Daytona in the first race of the year.