Nemechek Upbeat About Rebuilt Pole-Winning Car for Talladega
October 1, 2008
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DENVER (Oct. 1, 2008) -- Joe Nemechek's ride for this weekend's Sprint Cup race at Talladega Superspeedway will be "sort of" the same car he claimed the pole with in the spring race at the 2.66 mile oval.
The No. 78 Chevrolet Impala SS that the Furniture Row Racing team is bringing to the Alabama track was rebuilt after it suffered major damage due to a final lap accident during the Talladega April race.
"From all indications, we have a better superspeedway car than we had the last time we showed up in Talladega," said Nemechek. "I was crushed after our pole-winning car got wrecked on the final lap. But right now after seeing data from the wind tunnel, I am pumped about bringing this car back to Talladega."
The Furniture Row team conducted a number of wind tunnel sessions with the rebuilt car and the results were positive according to team general manager Joe Garone.
"We are cautiously optimistic that we'll have another strong superspeedway car in Talladega," offered Garone from the team's base in Denver, Colo. "You never know until the car is actually on the track, but we sure liked what we saw in the wind tunnel and in test sessions."
The Furniture Row Chevys, with Hendrick horsepower, have been powerful on the superspeedways this season. Along with winning the pole in Talladega, Nemechek laid down the third fastest lap during Pole Day for the Daytona 500 and captured the fourth starting position in the Daytona summer race.
"Our past results on the big tracks are encouraging," noted Nemechek. "Our superspeedway cars not only qualified well, but also drove well during the race. I am confident we'll have the equipment for a good showing this weekend. We just need to stay out of trouble. Obviously, that's easier said than done at Talladega."