String of Wrecks Intensifies Workload at Furniture Row Racing
October 22, 2008
DENVER, Colo. (Oct. 22, 2008) -- The workload that currently confronts the Furniture Row Racing team has never been heavier as the single-car operation prepares for the final four Sprint Cup events of the season, starting with this weekend's race at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
The reason for the team's labor situation is that driver Joe Nemechek and his No. 78 Chevrolets have gone through a recent stretch of accidents, resulting in additional work to rebuild and maintain its fleet of race cars.
"Our racing luck has been horrific in the last 12 races," said Nemechek. "It seems like our car has been a magnet to the recent accidents. We've obviously been in the wrong place at the wrong time too many times. The Furniture Row guys are in overtime mode and I sincerely appreciate what they're going through back at the shop in Denver."
In the last 12 races, Nemechek has been involved in seven accidents, including the last two in Charlotte and Martinsville. His No. 78 Chevy took an early exit from Sunday's Martinsville race after getting tangled with Matt Kenseth's car. Kenseth said after the race, "I messed up and wiped out Nemechek."
"We're not blaming fault on any one -- accidents are part of this sport," offered Nemechek. "It's just that we've been in an unusual amount of wrecks."
Nemechek would like to end the season in the same manner as he did in his first 18 starts of the year -- running at the finish.
"We'll go to Atlanta and continue our fight," noted Nemechek, who has qualified in 20 straight races. "It's a very fast track and I'm glad we'll have Hendrick horsepower under the hood."
In the March race at Atlanta, Nemechek qualified 17th.