BUSCH: Nemechek update 2001-05-16

By Thomas Chemris - Motorsport.com Lakeland Florida native Joe Nemechek, driver of the number thirty-three Oakwood Homes Chevrolet was injured Tuesday May 15, 2001 at the Dover Downs International Raceway. The Andy Petree owned team was...

By Thomas Chemris - Motorsport.com

Lakeland Florida native Joe Nemechek, driver of the number thirty-three Oakwood Homes Chevrolet was injured Tuesday May 15, 2001 at the Dover Downs International Raceway.

The Andy Petree owned team was testing at the one mile high banked oval when the car appeared to have cut down a right front tire, sending the car sliding up into the wall between turns three and four.

Suffering a broken right scapula (shoulder blade), the driver was taken to Bay health Medical Center, at Kent General in Dover Delaware to be treated and observed overnight.

Nemechek was released, and it was announced, that he would be back In the car by Memorial Day weekend to compete in the Cocoa-Cola 600; he would sit out the Winston All Star weekend.

Team owner Andy Petree announced that Busch Grand National driver; Bobby Hamilton Jr will take his place in the event.

"We felt that someone sitting in for Joe this weekend, especially since it is not a points race, is just a smart thing to do", notes the team owner.

Hamilton, whose father is Nemechek teammate in the number 55 Square D car.

"I hate getting in anybody's car under these circumstances, but I am glad I can help Andy and the guys out" Stated Hamilton who if he does well in the Open will have the opportunity to compete against his father.

Hamilton Jr will have a busy weekend as he joins Kevin Harvick and Kenny Wallace in pulling double duty between Charlotte and Nazareth Pa., where the Busch Grand National series competes on Sunday.

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup , NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Kevin Harvick , Joe Nemechek , Andy Petree