Halfway through his two-lap qualifying effort Friday night, Patrick Carpentier’s No. 10 Dodge wasn’t fast enough to make Sunday’s race.
But he cinched up the belts and turned the 21st-fastest lap on his second circuit to make the show.
“I've done some roller coaster rides but never got stress like that, let me tell you,” Carpentier said. “I need to learn some more, but let me tell you, I gave everything I had so that's it.
“It's harder than I thought it would be, I'll be really honest with you. You come in and you just have fun and it's all fun and games until the season starts and you get into it and then it gets tougher and tougher.
"It's mental toughness. It's always been about that in racing and the guys who are the toughest are going to stay and the guys that are not are going to go home.”