Nemechek Qualifies 24th in Sonoma
June 20, 2008
SONOMA, Calif. (June 20, 2008) -- Joe Nemechek drove a strong qualifying lap at the twisting Infineon Raceway road course Friday and will start Sunday's Sprint Cup race from the 24th position.
Nemechek's No. 78 Furniture Row Racing Chevrolet toured the 11-turn, 1.99-mile circuit in 78.764 seconds at 90.955 miles per hour.
"We had a great practice and we were looking to qualify higher," said Nemechek, who was 17th fastest in practice. "But something didn't seem right with the car during the qualifying run. But overall, we're very pleased with the speed of the car. I love road racing and can't wait to drive this Furniture Row Racing Chevy Impala SS in Sunday's race."
The pole winner was Kasey Kahne (93.153 mph). Rounding out the top five in order were: Jimmie Johnson, Kurt Busch, Bobby Labonte and Jeff Gordon.
Sunday's race will be televised on TNT, beginning with a prerace show at 12:30 p.m. local time and 1:30 MT.