Richmond II: Patrick Carpentier preview

STATESVILLE, N.C. -- Patrick Carpentier continued his quest toward winning rookie of the year after an 18th place run at California Speedway. The Quebec-native earned rookie of the race honors for the sixth time this season. He now sits third in...

STATESVILLE, N.C. -- Patrick Carpentier continued his quest toward winning rookie of the year after an 18th place run at California Speedway. The Quebec-native earned rookie of the race honors for the sixth time this season. He now sits third in the rookie standings.

The No. 10 team heads to Richmond International Raceway this week and Carpentier and the Valvoline crew are expecting more of the same success. In their previous trip to the .75-mile D-shaped oval he started fourth. Carpentier was running well before being involved in a multi-car crash that involved 11 cars.

PATRICK CARPENTIER:

"We've come a long way as a team since our last visit to Richmond. I've especially learned a lot about short track racing. From a driver's standpoint to be fast at Richmond you have to be able to roll through the middle of the corner and carry that speed off the corner. That is something that I struggled with at the beginning of the season. But with help from my crew and some coaching from Elliott [Sadler], it's something that I have a better understanding of now.

"Our Valvoline crew ran well last week. It was great. We had a strong car all race long. I think my communication with the team is the best it's been all year. That is something that we knew would take time but I really feel like we're running on all cylinders right now. And we're excited for Richmond, especially after our qualifying run there in the spring."

Chassis info: The No. 10 crew will bring chassis No. 247. The same chassis that earned his second best finish of the season [18th, Indianapolis]. Backup is 232.

Carpentier's Season: In 20 starts, has one pole, has led eight laps and earned four top-20 finishes. He has three top-five and five top-10 starts. He has earned Raybestos Rookie of the Race honors in six races.

-credit: gem

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Patrick Carpentier