Wreck Once Again Sidelines Nemechek
October 26, 2008
HAMPTON, Ga. (Oct. 26, 2008) -- It appeared that Joe Nemechek was going to break his recent accident jinx. But on Lap 302 of 325 in Sunday's Sprint Cup race at Atlanta Motor Speedway, Nemechek's Furniture Row Racing Chevrolet got collected in a five-car wreck, ending the team's day prematurely with a 42nd-place finish.
"Physically I am fine, but mentally it hurts -- all of these accidents," said Nemechek as he surveyed the heavy damage to the front-end of his car. "As I said last week, our car is like a magnet when an accident occurs."
The five-car wreck with 23 laps remaining was triggered when Jeff Burton tagged the No. 22 car of Dave Blaney. Also involved in the wreck were Juan Pablo Montoya and Reed Sorenson.
"They started spinning and wrecking in front of me," explained Nemechek, who was running in the 30s at the time of the accident. "It was one of those deals in which I was committed to the high side. But it was hard to get a grip on the racetrack and I couldn't stop to avoid the mess."
For Nemechek and the No. 78 Furniture Row Racing team this was the seventh accident in the last 13 races. In six of those accidents Nemechek was forced to retire from the race early.
"I've been around this business for a while and I can't recall going through an accident stretch like this," noted Nemechek. "But we'll hang in there and battle back."
Regarding the race, Nemechek said, "Grip was a major issue today. At times you were so loose that you couldn't go. We were all sliding -- it felt like a skating rink. We didn't hit on the setup today and struggled. However, at times we were decent but everyone out there had their hands full to stay on the track."
The race winner was Carl Edwards. Rounding out the top five in order were: Jimmie Johnson, Denny Hamlin, Matt Kenseth and Kyle Busch.
There are three races remaining in the 2008 season. The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series will be at Texas Motor Speedway next week (Nov. 2), Phoenix (Nov. 9) and Homestead-Miami (Nov. 16).