Nemechek Survives Caution-Filled Race at Indy
July 27, 2008
SPEEDWAY, Ind. (July 27, 2008) -- In a race that never saw more than 12 consecutive green-flag laps, Joe Nemechek posted a 29th-place finish.
Sunday's Allstate 400 at the Brickyard turned out to be a survival event as NASCAR would not allow the Sprint Cup teams to run more than 12 laps under green due to severe tire wear at the 2.5-mile Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The main problem was the right-side tires wearing to the cord after 10 to 12 laps.
"A fiasco, it was like one sprint race after another," said Nemechek, driver of the No. 78 Furniture Row Racing Chevrolet.
If a yellow flag wasn't waved for an incident on the track before a green-flag run approached 12 laps, NASCAR called a competition caution. Of the 11 cautions during the 160-lap, 400-mile race, six were competition cautions.
Nemechek, who started 36th, made a big gain early in the race as he was running as high as 22nd. But a bad set of tires, which caused the car to vibrate early in the run, set Nemechek back to 36th in track position.
"We were really good at the beginning," stated Nemechek. "But when the car started to shake we lost a lot of track position. It was hard to get back to the front because we never had a long green-flag run. It's disappointing for the Furniture Row team because we had a good car today."
Nemechek and Furniture Row Racing team will go back at it next week when the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series pays its second visit of the season at Pocono (Pa.) Raceway.
About Furniture Row and Furniture Row Racing:
Based in Denver, Colo., Furniture Row Racing® is owned and sponsored by Furniture Row® Companies. The team runs the No. 78 Sprint Cup car from its home base in Denver. For more information about the team visit http://www.FurnitureRowRacing.com. Furniture Row Companies is one of the largest family-owned specialty home furnishings and bedding retailers. The company is comprised of five specialty store brands including: Sofa Mart®, Oak Express®, Bedroom Expressions®, Denver Mattress Co® http://www.DenverMattress.com, and Big Sur Water Beds®. For more information and locations, please visit http://www.FurnitureRow.com or http://www.FurnitureRowRacing.com