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Beyond the Cockpit: Patrick Carpentier on Danger, Success & Why He Races

Patrick Carpentier, racing the Indianapolis 500 in 2005, starting from pole in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and winning five times in CART during one of its darkest times, is quite appreciative of his time in the spotlight. Growing up in Quebec, Canada, the now-44- year-old made an unlikely return …

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The Underdog House: Tracking NASCAR’s Small Teams From Indy to Pocono

Indianapolis represented a mixed bag for the small teams this week, with finishes ranging from 14th for rookie Chris Buescher to 40th for Matt DiBenedetto, thanks to an untimely engine expiration.  Indy is a tough track for teams that are a step or two behind the elite teams in both …

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Patrick Carpentier to Return to Sprint Cup with Go FAS Racing

Patrick Carpentier will return to Sprint Cup Series competition this season at Sonoma Raceway and Indianapolis Motor Speedway for Go FAS Racing and its  No. 32 Ford. The 44-year-old Canadian last made a Sprint Cup start in 2011 at Kansas Speedway, finishing 30th for Frank Stoddard. “Even if I say that …

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Nationwide Series Breakdown: 2009 NAPA Auto Parts 200 at Montreal

For the third year in a row, Marcos Ambrose was the class of the field. And for the third year in a row, he failed to take the checkered flag at Montreal. Ambrose, who in an interview that ran during the race broadcast was quoted calling his secret to road racing “minimizing the mistakes made on every lap,” broke his own golden rule on the final circuit. Coming to the course's final turn, Ambrose was attempting to block a hard-charging Carl Edwards by running the middle of the track. And while the move successfully blocked Edwards, it also put Ambrose out of position for the last turn.

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Running Their Mouth: 2009 EnjoyIllinois.com 225/NAPA Auto Parts 200 Edition

_Each week, we’ll go through media reports, interviews, PR, and all of our own stuff to find the best quotes from the Sprint Cup race, capturing the story of how the weekend unfolded. It’s the most original commentary you’ll ever find: the truth, coming straight out of the mouths of the drivers, crew members, and car owners themselves. This week, here’s a peek at what the drivers were thinking following the EnjoyIllinois.com 225 at Chicagoland Speedway and the NAPA Auto Parts 200 at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve:_ *EnjoyIllinois.com 225* "It was a really good night for us. The Miccosukee Tundra was pretty good. We were real proud of the way that we brought a brand new truck here out of the box. We were dragging in practice a little bit and had to work through a few things to get the truck off the race track. We're going to take it home, work on it a little bit, polish it up and get it ready for the next one. Hopefully we can [win)]a few more times this season." _Kyle Busch_

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Despite Early Off Road Adventure, A.J. Allmendinger Posts Top 10 Finish

Had you watched qualifying on Friday, you may have been asking yourself, "why did Scott Speed have to qualify on time while John Andretti had a guaranteed spot?NASCAR’s website has Speed in the 35th spot in points and Andretti in 36th." The answer is simple; you were looking at the wrong standings. The top 35 rule is based on the owner’s points and not the driver’s points. When Andretti sat out two races to go to Indy for the 500, Front Row Motorsports put Tony Raines in the car. Despite the fact that Scott Speed was able to supass John Andretti in the driver's points, it was Raines' efforts that kept the team ahead of Team Red Bull in the owner's standings. And even though Speed raced at Infineon on Sunday, Team Red Bull didn’t accumulate those owner’s points--NEMCO Motorsports benefitted from his 37th place finish.

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Beyond the Cockpit: Patrick Carpentier Discusses His Firing from GEM, Speed Skating, And Tommy Baldwin Racing

Tony Lumbis, Frontstretch: *You were quietly enjoying a very solid season last year when things turned sour at the end. The low point came at Talladega with the public argument between you and your crew chief Mike Shiplett. What was your take on that incident?* Patrick Carpentier: I wasn’t too happy about the way it ended, but I still thank those guys for everything they did for me. I just didn’t agree with the way it ended. I think they ran out of money with the No. 10 car and Mr. Gillett was pretty much paying out of his pocket. We had sponsors, but I think he was still footing a good portion of the bill. I was actually pretty lucky to make it as far as we did last year.

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NASCAR News for Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Report: Mayfield Tested Positive for Methamphetamine ESPN’s Ryan McGee reported on Tuesday that there was a hidden third drug found on Jeremy Mayfield’s failed drug test in Richmond on May 1st. That drug has been identified as methamphetamine, often referred to as “crystal meth.” Methamphetamines are stimulants that can be …

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