Injuries Aside, Nemechek Good to Go For California Race FONTANA, Calif. (Aug. 31, 2004) -- After taking a severe hit against the Bristol Motor Speedway concrete wall Saturday night, Joe Nemechek said that he is "good to go" even though the ...
Injuries Aside, Nemechek Good to Go For California Race
FONTANA, Calif. (Aug. 31, 2004) -- After taking a severe hit against the Bristol Motor Speedway concrete wall Saturday night, Joe Nemechek said that he is "good to go" even though the accident left him with a bruised left foot and left-side soreness to his neck, shoulder, hip and knee.
On Lap 31 of 500 at Bristol, Nemechek's Chevrolet got tagged by Scott Wimmer in Turn 1, sending the black and gold U.S. Army/USG car into a violent spin and then crashing into the wall. The car was not repairable and when crew chief Ryan Pemberton assessed the damage, he made it quite clear how torn up the car was. "The only thing we might be able to save are Joe's earplugs."
"I took a good lick, I felt it," said Nemechek. "The car hit driver's-side first but luckily it wasn't flush. The car did what it was supposed to do. All the safety items worked and I thank my guys on the crew for making sure everything is in the right place every week. I'm ready to go to California Speedway and am looking to have a great run there."
Judging on past performances at the Southern California track, Nemechek feels he is due for something good to happen in this weekend's Pop Secret 500.
At the May event, Nemechek nearly captured the pole, but had to settle for the second starting spot behind Kasey Kahne. And in the 500-mile race, Nemechek was cruising in the top 10, but with two laps remaining his 01 Chevy ran out of fuel, resulting in a 28th-place finish.
"We're bringing back the same car we had in the spring," said Nemechek, who sat on the pole in California Speedway's inaugural Cup race in 1997. "We're going to be aggressive from the get go. We want it all -- the pole and the win. I sincerely feel that we are capable of achieving both of those objectives."
Nemechek will also be competing in Saturday's NASCAR Busch Series race. He will drive his No. 87 Cellular One Chevrolet.