Nemechek Perseveres in Richmond; Finishes 29th
May 3, 2008
RICHMOND (May 3, 2008) -- Joe Nemechek and the Furniture Row Racing Team posted a 29th-place finish in Saturday night's NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Richmond International Raceway.
"We were looking for a better finish, but considering how we began and how we finished I am proud of the never-give-up attitude of this team," said Nemechek, who started the event from the 36th position.
Though Nemechek had some handling issues early in the race and dropped back to 42nd place, his tenacity never wavered on the challenging .75-mile oval. The Furniture Row No. 78 Chevrolet Impala SS got better as the race went on, and as a result, Nemechek's lap times picked up considerably.
"We made some good adjustments and the handling got much better later in the race," added Nemechek. "We're continuing to learn about the COT (Car of Tomorrow) and the good news is that we're seeing improvement."
A key moment for Nemechek came on Lap 231 of 410 when he narrowly escaped a multicar accident. As cars were spinning in every direction, Nemechek somehow avoided the 12-car wreck which forced NASCAR to red flag the race for 22 minutes.
"It was hard to see because of all the smoke," noted Nemechek. "I just maneuvered the car the best I could and fortunately we came away unscathed. That was the break we needed because from that point on it seemed like we started to pick up steam."
Nemechek and the Furniture Row Racing team are looking to take the late-race momentum to the next Sprint Cup race -- Saturday night (May 10) at Darlington (S.C.) Raceway.