Nemechek's Dover Result Doesn't Match the Performance
June 1, 2008
DOVER, Del. (June 1, 2008) -- Joe Nemechek will probably forget about the 34th-place finish, but what he won't forget is how well his No. 78 Furniture Row Racing Chevrolet ran prior to getting wrecked in Sunday's Sprint Cup race at Dover International Speedway.
"I am so happy and proud about the great calls this team made prior to today's race," said Nemechek. "We struggled in practice yesterday, but we came out flying today. The car was balanced at the beginning and I knew we were pretty good. Maybe not a car that could win, but a car capable of finishing in the top 10 or top 12."
Nemechek, who started the 400-lap, 400-mile race from the 31st position, was running in the low 20s when Michael Waltrip clipped him on Lap 76, sending the No. 78 Chevy into the wall. The incident forced Nemechek to come down pit road to make repairs to the damaged car.
"That wreck knocked in the front end and tore the splitter in half," explained Nemechek. "The splitter is what controls all the front downforce and with that damaged it made for a long day."
After repairs were made to Nemechek's car, he was relegated to the rear of the field. His crippled race car did finish the grueling race on what is known as the Monster Mile.
"We're not going to dwell on the what ifs," noted Nemechek. "What we're excited about is how well our car ran before the accident and how hard we fought to finish the race. I want to thank (crew chief) Jay Guy and all the Furniture Row Racing crew for working hard. We're getting better each week and that's why I am upbeat right now. It's not about the finish, it's about the performance. And from where I sat, our performance was pretty strong."
The next stop for Nemechek and the Furniture Row Racing team will be Sunday (June 8) at Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, Pa.