It's New Hampshire and Nemechek Already Feels Better
September 10, 2008
LOUDON, N.H. (Sept. 10, 2008) -- This weekend's Sprint Cup race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway could not have come at a better time for Joe Nemechek, driver of the No. 78 Furniture Row Racing Chevrolet.
The New England track has been a successful facility for Nemechek in the past and he is hoping for some of the Magic Mile's magic in Sunday's Sylvania 300 Sprint Cup race.
"We've struggled in our last two races," said Nemechek. "We need to start a positive stretch and carry it on for the remainder of the season. We not only had a pretty good run in New Hampshire earlier (in June), but the track has played a big role in my career."
Indeed it has. New Hampshire is where Nemechek made his first Cup start (July 11, 1992) and scored his first Cup win (Sept. 19, 1999). And there was that impressive Busch Series win at New Hampshire in 1992 that saw a final lap duel between Nemechek and Dale Earnhardt Sr.
"New Hampshire is my adopted home track and if we need to turn things around, I can't think of a better place," added Nemechek, who posted a top-20 finish after starting 43rd at the June New Hampshire race.
While one goal for the Furniture Row Racing team is to secure a strong finish at New Hampshire, there is another goal and that is to continue its qualifying streak in the final 10 races of the season. Heading into New Hampshire, Nemechek has qualified in 14 straight races and in 23 of the 26 events contested to date.
"I would be very disappointed if we don't qualify in all of the remaining races," said Nemechek. "I am confident that we will achieve this goal."
If Nemechek is correct about qualifying in the final 10 races, that would give the No. 78 team 33 starts in 2008, 12 more than the Denver, Colo.-based Furniture Row Racing record of 21 set in 2006.