Nemechek Qualifies 23rd in Pocono
August 1, 2008
LONG POND, Pa. (Aug. 1, 2008) -- Joe Nemechek and the Furniture Row Racing team produced a solid qualifying effort Friday, placing the team's No. 78 Chevrolet in the 23rd starting spot for Sunday's Sunoco Red Cross Pennsylvania 500.
Nemechek toured the three-turn, 2.5-mile track in 54.35 seconds at 165.587 miles per hour.
"We made a pretty good run," said Nemechek. "We struggled in practice, but this Furniture Row crew made some excellent adjustments and got the car running a lot better. We're looking forward to more improvement as we get ready for Sunday's race."
Nemechek has now qualified in nine straight races and in 18 of the 21 Sprint Cup events this season.
Qualifying on the pole in Pocono was Jimmie Johnson with a speed of 168.215. Rounding out the top five in order were: Mark Martin, David Gilliland, Jeff Gordon and Matt Kenseth.
Sunday's race will be televised on ESPN, beginning with a prerace show at 1 p.m. ET (11 a.m. MT).