Carpentier to drive pair of NASCAR races

Patrick Carpentier will return to NASCAR competition next weekend in the Sprint Cup race at Kansas Speedway.

Carpentier will drive the No. 32 Frank Stoddard-owned FAS Lane Racing Ford.

"This will mark the first time in my Sprint Cup career that I will be driving a car that is already qualified for the race," said Carpentier, who will be making his 40th Sprint Cup start. "There will be a lot less pressure when we practice on Friday, because we will be able to work both on qualifying and race set-ups. I am thrilled that Frank chose me to drive the No. 32 car in Kansas.”

Carpentier says he will also drive for Michael Waltrip’s Nationwide Series team in Montreal in August, a pair of rides that will help him overcome the setback of failing to make the field for the Indianapolis 500. Carpentier was called in as a last-minute replacement for Scott Speed, but crashed during qualifying.

“This latest news makes for a fantastic end of the month of May," he said.

Carpentier will have a guaranteed starting spot in the Cup race as the team is locked in to the top 35.