Loudon: Patrick Carpentier preview

New Hampshire Motor Speedway will be a weekend of firsts for Patrick Carpentier. When Carpentier makes his debut on the mile oval he'll drive a No. 10 Dodge sporting the paint scheme of the Berlin City Auto Group for the first time this ...

New Hampshire Motor Speedway will be a weekend of firsts for Patrick Carpentier. When Carpentier makes his debut on the mile oval he'll drive a No. 10 Dodge sporting the paint scheme of the Berlin City Auto Group for the first time this season.

Carpentier has posted season best finishes the last two consecutive weekends by finishing 24th at Michigan and 23th at Infineon. Before he can better those two finishes he must qualify for Sunday's race on time -- something he has done 11 consecutive races.

"I'm really looking ahead to Loudon," Carpentier said. "I think we may be ready to turn the corner with the Berlin City team. We've had some bad luck come our way but we've improved on our finishing positions each week. That's what we need to continue doing. As long as we keep working hard and learning each race, we should be able to earn another strong finish at Loudon."

DRIVER PATRICK CARPENTIER:

"I'm really looking ahead to Loudon. I think we may be ready to turn the corner with the Berlin City team. We've had some bad luck come our way but we've improved on our finishing positions each week. That's what we need to continue doing. As long as we keep working hard and learning each race, we should be able to earn another strong finish at Loudon.

"Loudon will be a challenge for me; it's another new track to learn. But I'll be running both the Cup and Nationwide races so that will give me a lot of laps there. After this weekend there will be only two tracks that I haven't raced on in a stock car, so I'm looking forward to that. It's such a test to come into a new track, learn it and then be competitive.

"Look at it this way. When we start practice on Friday's, most of the field knows what they're getting into. For the new guys, we need to learn the track, the lines, then figure out what adjustments the car needs to go fast. It's a challenge but we'll do our best.

It's really special to have a company like the Berlin City Auto group that the New England race fans will immediately recognize on our car," said Carpentier, an open wheel veteran in his first full NASCAR season. "We plan to put on a good show and help them sell some cars."

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