Nemechek Looking for Whammy-Free Race at Michigan
June 10, 2008
DENVER (June 10, 2008) -- Joe Nemechek will be looking for a turnaround of sorts at Michigan International Speedway, site of Sunday's LifeLock 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup race.
The 2.0-mile track, located 70 miles west of Detroit in Brooklyn, has always been a personal favorite for Nemechek even though the track has seldom reciprocated with the same type of kindness.
"I haven't had a lot of great finishes at Michigan, but I have had plenty of strong runs there," said Nemechek, driver of the No. 78 Furniture Row Racing Chevrolet. "That's one track where the whammy has seemed to hit me more times than I care to remember."
However, there is one season at the Michigan track that Nemechek does recall with fondness. It was 2005 when he had two top-10 finishes of sixth and eighth and started from the pole in the second race.
"Michigan is a track where I've always felt real comfortable at," noted Nemechek. "It's fast and you can pass there. It's my style of a track. If we can keep the Furniture Row Racing Chevy Impala clean, I look for a strong finish on Sunday. We've had good runs recently, but couldn't keep the car from getting damaged in Dover and Pocono."
But before Nemechek and crew chief Jay Guy begin to worry about Sunday's 400-mile race, it's first things first and that is to qualify the No. 78 Chevy.
"You can't get too ahead yourself even though it's easy to do sometimes," said Nemechek. "We need to find the right qualifying combination that can work with our Hendrick horsepower."
Nemechek, known as Front Row Joe, has had some impressive qualifying runs, including last week's fifth-place effort in Pocono. He also has one pole this season, winning the No. 1 starting spot at Talladega in April.
"The potential is there and I feel we are so close to putting it all together," offered Nemechek. "But again it's all about keeping the car from getting damaged.”