Nemechek Finishes 26th in Sonoma Road Race
June 22, 2008
SONOMA, Calif. (June 22, 2008) -- Joe Nemechek battled to a 26th-place finish in Sunday's Sprint Cup road race at Infineon Raceway.
The Furniture Row Racing driver, who has always had a fondness for the road courses, overcame some handling issues and an unfortunate timing for a green-flag pit stop.
After starting the scheduled 110-lap race 24th on the 1.99-mile, 11-turn circuit, Nemechek's No. 78 Chevrolet Impala SS fell back to the low to mid 30s.
"The handling wasn't quite right in the beginning, but it got much better later in the race," said Nemechek. "All of the cars were slipping and sliding and I am happy that we kept our four tires out of the dirt."
As cars were spinning off track and catching the tire barriers, Nemechek's Chevy Impala stayed on course.
"Jay (Guy, crew chief) and all of the Furniture Row Racing crew were outstanding today," offered Nemechek. "Jay called a strategic race and the pit stops were solid."
Nemechek and the No. 78 team fell one-lap down and further back in the field when a caution was called shortly after pitting while the race was running at full speed under green-flag conditions.
"That hurt, but we got the lap back, which gave us the opportunity to start picking off track positions," explained Nemechek.
Nemechek did improve at the end, moving from the mid 30s to the mid 20s during the final 30 laps.
"I thought our car was really sharp late in the race," said Nemechek. "Overall this wasn't a bad day for the Furniture Row Racing team."
The next stop for Nemechek and the Furniture Row Racing team will be Sunday (June 29) at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon.