Talladega II: Patrick Carpentier preview

Carpentier and Tow Truck in a Box Team Looking Ahead to Talladega Superspeedway STATESVILLE, N.C. -- As the Tow Truck in a Box team prepares for the final restrictor plate race of the 2008 season, driver, Patrick Carpentier relives his first...

Carpentier and Tow Truck in a Box Team Looking Ahead to Talladega Superspeedway

STATESVILLE, N.C. -- As the Tow Truck in a Box team prepares for the final restrictor plate race of the 2008 season, driver, Patrick Carpentier relives his first trip to the massive 2.66-mile facility. Although drafting wasn't new to the Quebec-native at the beginning of the year, restrictor plate racing was.

"I couldn't believe how big of a place it was," Carpentier chuckled. "I thought it would take me five minutes to get around there in a stock car. It turns out it only takes about 51 seconds. It's the type of place that is intimidating because of its size but once you're out there racing you completely forget about it."

Carpentier's earned his best finish of the year in his last superspeedway start at Daytona. He piloted the Tow Truck in a Box Dodge to a 14th place finish and Rookie of the Race honors.

PATRICK CARPENTIER:

"This will be my third restrictor plate race in the Cup Series and I'm glad I know what to expect running in those big packs. I wouldn't say it's something that you can ever get comfortable doing --running 200 mph inches away from each other -- but you can get used to it. That's something I have going for me now that I didn't have going into Talladega in the spring.

"We just need to be smart and keep the Tow Truck in a Box Dodge clear of trouble so we can be there for the closing laps. That's what really matters. But in the back of your mind you still know it's Talladega and anything can happen at that place. You can never let your guard down."

Chassis info: The No. 10 crew will bring chassis No. 237. It's the chassis that Carpentier has driven in the past three Superspeedway races. It also has the team's best finish of 14th in 2008. The backup is 227.

Carpentier's Season: In 24 starts, has one pole, has led 11 laps and earned four top-20 finishes. He has three top-five and five top-10 starts plus Raybestos Rookie of the Race honors in seven races. Carpentier remains as the only rookie to win a pole in the 2008 season. Additionally, he was the only rookie to ever win a pole at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

-credit: gem

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Patrick Carpentier