End-of-Season Blues for Nemechek
November 5, 2008
DENVER (Nov. 5, 2008) -- Unlike many individuals involved in NASCAR Sprint Cup racing, Joe Nemechek gets a little despondent at this time of the season. The thought of only two more races remaining in the 2008 campaign, followed by an eight-week break, doesn't leave Nemechek overjoyed.
"I don't like it when the season ends," said Nemechek. "If I had my way, we would race all year. The good news about the off-season is that I get to spend more time with my family and get involved in my children's activities."
Nemechek, who has qualified in 31 of 34 Sprint Cup races this season for the No. 78 Furniture Row Racing Chevrolet team, is planning to add to that number at this weekend's Checker Auto Parts 400 at Phoenix International Raceway.
"Every driver wants to finish the season on a high note," added Nemechek. "Our Furniture Row Racing team has been working real hard. All the guys back at the shop in Denver (Colorado) and the crew guys who travel to each race deserve success."
"We've been running better but definitely not yet satisfied," added Nemechek. "I guess you'll never be satisfied in this business until you can pass every car in front of you. We know what it takes to be competitive at Phoenix. It's just a matter of putting it all together and avoiding mistakes and accidents."
Nemechek doesn't lack for experience at the Phoenix track. He has competed at the 1-mile oval 24 times -- 18 in the Cup series, five in the Nationwide division and once in the truck series.
"I've always liked the Phoenix track even though it's a pretty tough oval," noted Nemechek. "I’ve had pretty good qualifying efforts there, but not a lot of strong finishes. Hopefully we can change that this weekend."