February 21, 2008
Furniture Row Racing had high expectations at Daytona. Some of those were met by getting both of the Furniture Row Racing Chevy’s into the fiftieth running of the Daytona 500.
Kenny Wallace raced his way into the 500 during the Gatorade Duel garnering a starting spot of seventeenth. Race day didn’t go as expected as Kenny Wallace was black-flagged on lap 150 for not being able to maintain minimum speed as a result of mechanical problems. This placed the Denver Mattress car into 43rd place at the finish of the race Joe Nemechek, driving the #78 secured a starting spot on Sunday with a qualifying time of 48.258 putting him in second of the star drivers. When all was said and done the #78 took the green flag for the running of the Daytona 500 in the 41st position. After the first round of pit stops something crazy happened to the 78 car. Upon exiting pit road a lug nut shot up into the engine compartment bouncing off the hood, denting it, and then going through the oil cooler. The crew did a great job of fixing it but returned to the track 29 laps down.
When the checkered flag waved the 78 Furniture Row Chevy crossed the start finish line in 41st place. Moving to the West Coast this week, the #78 will tackle the 2-mile D shaped track at Fontana California. NASCAR implemented a new rule starting this week that all the cars not in the top 35 in owner’s points will be grouped together at the end to make their qualifying runs. Team Furniture Row is hoping to keep our qualifying streak in tack for this season.