Nemechek Looking for Clone of Superspeedway Chevy
July 2, 2008
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (July 2, 2008) -- When it comes to qualifying at a superspeedway, one would suspect that Joe Nemechek and the Furniture Row Racing team would be highly confident about this weekend's restrictor-plate race at Daytona International Speedway.
After all, in the previous two superspeedway events, Nemechek's No. 78 Chevrolet Impala SS was third fastest on Pole Day for the Daytona 500 and captured the No. 1 starting spot at Talladega.
"Let's just say we're cautiously optimistic," said Nemechek, who needs to qualify on time for Saturday night's race as one of the go-or-go-home drivers.
The reason for the slight concern about qualifying in Daytona is that the No. 78 team will not have the same superspeedway car it had in Daytona in February and Talladega in April. That car, which was the cream of the crop according to Nemechek, got wrecked on the final lap in Talladega.
"That Furniture Row Racing Chevy was great on the big tracks," noted Nemechek, known as Front Row Joe. "However, we should have another great superspeedway Chevy, but as hard as you try to make it identical, it's never 100 percent the same."
After wrecking in a multicar accident at the Talladega race in April, Nemechek was not only bummed about losing out on a potential top-10 finish, but he knew at the time that he wasn't going to bring his favorite car to the July Daytona race.
"I still think about that wreck in Talladega -- I thought I missed it, but at the last second Jimmie Johnson's car came flying across my hood," recalled Nemechek. "Hopefully our new superspeedway car will be as good or better. I really enjoy running at these big tracks."
Nemechek and the Furniture Row Racing Denver-based team is coming off their best finish of the season with a 20th-place result in last week's race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. It was the fourth straight race that Nemechek posted a finish in the 20s.
"I am very proud of this team -- we keep on working hard and making progress," said Nemechek after the New Hampshire race. "We're the little guy doing well against the big multicar teams. It's a credit to everyone in this organization."