Flat Tire Ruins Nemechek's Day in Dover
September 21, 2008
DOVER, Del. (Sept. 21, 2008) -- A blown right-front tire early in Sunday's Sprint Cup race at Dover International Speedway spoiled a strong start for Joe Nemechek, who finished the 400-mile event in 35th place.
Nemechek, who started 27th in his No. 78 Furniture Row Racing Chevrolet, quickly moved to 21st place. But what was looking like a good day for Nemechek came to a screeching halt on Lap 65 of 400 when he suffered a flat tire and hit the outside retaining wall.
"We need a break," Nemechek said after the race. "It's very disappointing that we didn't have the day we thought we were going to have. We were pretty darn good in the beginning and we were all looking forward to a good finish. In yesterday's practice I told the guys that this was the best car I had in Dover in a long time."
After Nemechek hit the wall due to the flat tire, he brought the No. 78 machine down pit road for repairs. He went two laps down and persevered for the remainder of the race.
"No one can say we gave up," noted Nemechek. "It's not any fun when you're driving a crippled car, but we stayed out and finished the race. The crew did an awesome job today. We're going to just keep on plugging away and hope that our bad-luck streak is behind us."
The next Cup race for Nemechek and the No. 78 team will be Sunday (Sept. 28) at Kansas Speedway, where Nemechek won in 2004.