Auto Club 500
February 28, 2008
The #78 Furniture Row car driven by Joe Nemechek was in California’s Auto Club 500 on points. Due to qualifying being cancelled because of rain team Furniture Row endured a long wet weekend and would have to start in forty third place.
After a shortened practice on Saturday Joe Nemechek and the #78 team prepared for the race on Sunday.The rain continued Sunday and the race was delayed on and off all day. Good pit strategy and a well handling race car excelled, Nemechek and the Furniture Row Racing team to the 27th position.
On lap 62 the #78 Furniture Row Chevy ran over debris and blew a left rear tire, taking the car for a spin and bringing out the caution.
On lap 71 the team received the Lucky Dog, which got them back on the lead lap.
The race was red flagged again late Sunday night due to rain. NASCAR decided to finish the race on Monday when the weather would be better. On the restart at lap 87 the #78 took the green flag in 35th position. The #78 team found that they couldn’t get the car to handle good the next day and spent the rest of the day trying to figure out what had caused the change. At the end of the race Joe Nemechek crossed the start-finish line for the checkered flag in 34th position.