Early Tire Incident Ruins Nemechek's Run in North Carolina
October 11, 2008
CONCORD, N.C. (Oct. 11, 2008) -- An early flat tire made for a long night for Joe Nemechek, who finished 37th in Saturday's under-the-lights NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Lowe's Motor Speedway near Charlotte.
The tire issue on Lap 45 of 334 caused Nemechek to lose control of his Furniture Row Chevrolet, which eventually slammed into the concrete wall, causing heavy damage to the right side of the car.
Nemechek drove the injured car to the garage where the No. 78 crew worked to repair the damage. When Nemechek returned to action he was 52 laps down.
"The car got a little snug and then the next thing I knew I was heading into the wall," explained Nemechek. "We were just getting a feel of things. It's too bad we never had the opportunity to see what this Furniture Row Chevy Impala SS could do tonight."
Nemechek, who was coming off a season best 11th-place finish in Talladega, Ala. last week, was cautiously optimistic about maintaining the team's momentum.
"We all had a good feeling coming into this race," added Nemechek. "We felt like things were starting to go our way. But once again we just didn't have any racing luck."
The race winner was Jeff Burton. Rounding out the top five in order were: Kasey Kahne, Kurt Busch, Kyle Busch and Jamie McMurray.
The next stop for Nemechek and the single-car Furniture Row Racing team will be Sunday (0ct. 19) at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway.