Improvement has Nemechek Feeling Proud of No. 78 Team
August 13, 2008
DENVER, Colo. (Aug. 13, 2008) -- Qualifying in 10-straight races is a statistic that appears to be insignificant at first glance.
But for Joe Nemechek and the Furniture Row Racing team, the qualifying streak is not only a trend in the right direction, it's also a payback for the dedicated hard work from the single-car team based in Denver, Colo.
"If you're not one of the go or go-home teams, you have no clue the pressure every member of the team faces each week," said Nemechek. "It's like we have two races every week, and the first of course is the qualifying session on Fridays.”
“When you qualify it's a big relief with a lot of high fives,” added Nemechek. “Sometimes it even feels like you just won a race."
Nemechek has qualified his No. 78 Chevrolet in 19 of the 22 races this season, the best qualifying effort in the three-year history of the Furniture Row Racing team. The qualifying results this season include a pole (at Talladega), a fourth (at Daytona 2) and a fifth (Pocono 1).
"I am very proud of our improvement," said Nemechek. "Most people might look at the results and feel otherwise, but I see the little things every week and I am encouraged about the future of this team. It's like watching your children grow and develop skills. It's a lot of fun to be part of this Furniture Row Racing team."
Nemechek is looking to add more excitement in this weekend's NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Michigan International Speedway. It's a track where he has claimed a pole (August 2005) and earned seven top-10 starting berths.
"Michigan's 2-miler has always been one of my favorites," said Nemechek. "You don't feel boxed in there, you can stand on the gas and there's plenty of room to pass."