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Carpentier will return to Cup Series in Kansas

May 30, 2011, Team Release, NASCAR.com

MONTREAL -- Canadian will make first Cup start since Nov. 2010 at Texas

Patrick Carpentier will return to NASCAR this weekend in the No. 32 FAS Lane Racing Ford at Kansas Speedway. The Canadian driver, who now lives in Las Vegas, confirmed that he will compete in his first Sprint Cup Series race of 2011 on Sunday at the 1.5-mile track.

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"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 Cup Series 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 setups.

"I am thrilled that [team owner] Frank [Stoddard] chose me to drive the No. 32 car in Kansas. With the confirmation of my ride in the Nationwide race in Montreal with Michael Waltrip's team [in] August, it's two good news items. This latest news makes for a fantastic end of the month of May."

As a rule, the top 35 cars in the Cup Series owner standings are pre-qualified for the race. Stoddard's team is currently 33rd with 169 points. Four drivers have driven the No. 32 Ford this season. Terry Labonte, with two starts, has collected the team's best result with a 15th-place finish in the season opener at Daytona; and Ken Schrader, the driver with the most starts with five, scored a 22nd at Martinsville. As for Mike Skinner and Mike Bliss, their best results were 24th and 25th, respectively.

Carpentier has competed in the Cup Series the past four years, with a total of 39 starts. Carpentier won his first and only pole in 2008 at New Hampshire and his best finish is 11th at Infineon in 2009. In two Kansas starts, Carpentier finished 29th and 27th; however, he led laps in each race.