Carpentier's stock is up

CHARLOTTE, N.C.  - Patrick Carpentier turned in an impressive showing in his stock car debut last week and that's earned him another job in NASCAR.

The Canadian driver will replace Scott Riggs in the number-10 Dodge for this weekend's race on the road course at Watkins Glen.

The Valvoline Evernham Racing entry is not inside the top 35 in points and is not assured a spot in the field. Carpentier will have to qualify it on speed to make Sunday's race.

Based on his first foray last weekend, it should be no problem for the former open-wheel star.

Carpentier paced almost every practice session for the Busch Series race in on the road circuit in Montreal, then won the pole. He led 14 laps of Saturday's race and finished in second place, just six days after testing his very first stock car.