Carpentier claims first pole in NASCAR

June 27, 2008 at 9:44 PM

LOUDON, N.H., June 27 (UPI) -- Patrick Carpentier, given a break by the changing weather, won the first pole of his NASCAR career Friday.

After a rain delay of almost two hours made for cooler track conditions, Carpentier turned in a lap time of 29.349 seconds at the New Hampshire International Speedway. He will start out front Sunday in the Lenox Industrial Tools 301.

Carpentier came to NASCAR from the now-defunct Champ Car series.

Veteran Bobby Labonte will start alongside Carpentier after posting a time of 29.512. Kevin Harvick and Scott Riggs will be in the second row.

Two-time defending series champion Jimmie Johnson will start 23rd and current points leader Kyle Busch will begin the race in 27th place.

Like Us on Facebook for more stories from UPI.com  
Latest Headlines
Top Stories
New York Knicks, Afflalo agree to terms
Sacramento Kings trade Stauskas, Landry, Thompson to Philadelphia 76ers
NFL notebook: Richardson, Gates, McClain suspended four games
Venable, San Diego Padres pass St. Louis Cardinals
Wimbledon: Brown knocks off Nadal