Front Row Joe
August 30, 2007
Furniture Row Racing welcomes driver Joe Nemechek this weekend.
“Front Row Joe” will be piloting the #78 Cup car in California.
Nemechek will have his work cut out for him. The Furniture Row Racing program’s R07 engines from Chevy won’t be ready until the Kansas race.
Hence, the team is leaning on Nemechek’s impressive qualifying history to make up for the difference in HP.
California Speedway is a grueling 2-mile track that takes a toll on engines. The track offers a lot of the same characteristics as Michigan, but this race has an additional 100 miles.
The team has regrouped for California after a disappointing DNQ at Bristol last weekend.
General Manager, Joe Garone explains the slippery situation that resulted in the DNQ.
“We were having a solid weekend until qualifying. Sterling was great to work with and we were doing well in practice.
Unfortunately, we drew the second car out for our qualifying run, and this became a factor.
The sun baked the track, and with no cars on it prior to qualifying, the top layer of rubber turned to oil.
We were sliding during our qualifying run and it cost us.”