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After Montreal Nationwide Series race, Patrick Carpentier will call it a career

Patrick Carpentier
Patrick Carpentier

Racing at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve is always special to Canadian Patrick Carpentier, but this weekend's NAPA Auto Parts 200 NASCAR Nationwide Series race there will be bittersweet.

That's because this will be Carpentier's final race, as the 39-year-old Joliette, Quebec native plans to retire after this weekend.

"It's going to be a different experience," Carpentier said. "I have been doing this for 27 years now. I am happy with the decision - it feels right."


Carpentier has made 54 starts in his NASCAR career, 40 in the Sprint Cup Series and 14 in Nationwide Series. starts, Carpentier owns two poles, three top-five and five top-10 finishes. He's won one pole - in Montreal in 2007 - and has three top-five and five top-10s in his brief Nationwide career.

Carpentier raced in open-wheel cars for several years before making the transition to stock cars.


"I want to spend more time with my family and become more involved in real estate," Carpentier said. "I know I will miss it, but in the last three years the races have been few and far between. So at some point you have to realize it's time to move on and let the young kids have their chance."

Carpentier raced full time in Cup in 2008 but has only 24 NASCAR starts since.


"There are a lot of reasons why I decided to retire after this race," Carpentier said. "I have a 10-year-old daughter and a five-year-old son that I want to spend more time with at home. Honestly, I was very fortunate to have great teams to drive for during my career.

"However, the past couple of years it's been tough to find a good ride. It has either been start-and-parks or with underfunded teams that just aren't competitive. All of that made me realize that it was time to move on to something else. I am at peace with my decision."

And he'll close his career at a special place, Montreal. He has a pole and two second-place finishes in Montreal's Nationwide Series races - and Circuit Gilles Villeneuve is simply home.

"This weekend is going to be pretty special," Carpentier said. "At times, it's going to be emotional, but hopefully we can win the race so I can go out in style. I think we have a genuine shot at winning this weekend. I have driven for Pastrana Waltrip Racing a few times now and they have always given me great cars. I don't expect this time to be any different."