New Hampshire has Only Fond Memories for Nemechek
June 24, 2008
DENVER (June 24, 2008) -- It's that time of the year again when Joe Nemechek likes to take a short and happy journey down memory lane.
This weekend's Sprint Cup race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway is where Nemechek has produced some of his most memorable feats as a professional NASCAR driver.
The New England facility is not only where Nemechek made his first Cup start (July 11, 1992) but it was also the site of his first Cup victory (Sept. 19, 1999). There are other memorable moments including a 1992 nail-biter victory in the Nationwide Series (formerly known as Busch Series) over Dale Earnhardt Sr.
"New Hampshire will always be a special place for me and also for the entire Nemechek family," said the driver of the No. 78 Furniture Row Racing Chevrolet Impala SS. "So many great memories there and I hope to add a few more."
Nemechek, who is coming off a 26th-place finish at the road course race in Sonoma, Calif., continues to feel upbeat about the progress of his Furniture Row Racing single-car team, which is based in the Mile-High City of Denver.
"Improvement is what you always strive for in this business and that's what we're enjoying right now," offered Nemechek. "We still have a ways to go, but this Furniture Row Racing team is heading in the right direction."
Along with his win at New Hampshire, Nemechek has scored three top fives and five top 10s, including a runner-up finish in July 2000.
Though Nemechek is proud about capturing his first career Cup win at New Hampshire, he lights up even more when talking about the Busch win against Earnhardt Sr. in 1992.
"We were beating and banging each other to the finish line," recalled Nemechek. "It was one of the most exciting races I've been in. Going into the final lap he turned me sideways, but I got back on the gas and went on to win by a fender.
"It was sure fun going toe-to-toe with Dale Sr. That win did help launch my career in the Cup series. When you ran that close with the master, people took notice."