Nemechek Qualifies 7th for Sprint Showdown
Nemechek Qualifies 7th for Sprint Showdown Nemechek Qualifies 7th for Sprint Showdown

Nemechek Qualifies 7th for Sprint Showdown

May 16, 2008

CONCORD, N.C. (May 16, 2008) -- Joe Nemechek produced the seventh-fastest speed among the 27 drivers who will participate in Saturday night's Sprint Showdown at Lowe's Motor Speedway near Charlotte.

The top-two finishers in the preliminary Showdown will advance into the ensuing Sprint All Star Race, which will consist of 24 cars. The All-Star Race winner will receive $1 million.

In Friday afternoon's qualifying session for the Showdown, Nemechek's No. 78 Furniture Row Racing Chevrolet covered the 1.5-mile oval in 29.359 seconds at 183.390 miles per hour.

"We had a great lap," offered Nemechek. "We picked up a second from practice, which was a sizeable gain. Starting at the front of the field is important in a 40-lapper, and I feel we have a shot of being in the top two. I think it's going to be an interesting race with a lot of bumping and banging."

Drivers locked into the Sprint All Star Race are those who won a race in 2007 or 2008, past winners of the All-Star Race and former Cup Series champions from the past 10 years.

The Showdown and All Star Race will be broadcast on SPEED, beginning at 7 p.m. EDT, 5 p.m. MDT.

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