Accident Forces Premature Exit for Nemechek at Martinsville
October 19, 2008
MARTINSVILLE, Va. (Oct. 19, 2008) -- Joe Nemechek and the Furniture Row Racing team were once again in the wrong place at the wrong time.
An accident on Lap 116 of 500 in Sunday's Sprint Cup race at Martinsville Speedway doomed Nemechek as he was credited with a 43rd-place finish. The incident occurred when Nemechek and Matt Kenseth made contact in Turn 3 at the half-mile oval.
The wreck sidelined the No. 78 Furniture Row Chevrolet Impala SS for the remainder of the race.
Kenseth, who avoided heavy damage to his car in the accident and went on to finish eighth, was candid about the incident in post-race interviews. "I messed up early in the race and wiped out Nemechek."
Nemechek has been through a string of accidents lately and the veteran driver is frustrated with the team's bad luck.
"I am well aware that accidents are part of this sport, but we've had an unusual number of wrecks recently," explained Nemechek. "It seems like we're just getting collected in these accidents. It's plain and simple bad racing luck. We're way over due for something good to happen to this Furniture Row Racing team. We have four races remaining and we'll keep on digging."
Sunday's Tums QuikPak 500 winner was Jimmie Johnson. Rounding out the top five in order were: Dale Earnhardt Jr., Carl Edwards, Jeff Gordon and Denny Hamlin.
The next Sprint Cup race is Sunday (Oct. 26) at Atlanta Motor Speedway in Hampton, Ga.