Nemechek is turning things around Brett Borden BROOKLYN, Mich. (June 14, 1998) How does "Top-10 Joe" sound? Joe Nemechek, known to many as "Front Row Joe" for his Bud Pole Qualifying prowess, continued his comeback from a poor start...
Nemechek is turning things around Brett Borden
BROOKLYN, Mich. (June 14, 1998)
How does "Top-10 Joe" sound?
Joe Nemechek, known to many as "Front Row Joe" for his Bud Pole Qualifying prowess, continued his comeback from a poor start this season by finishing ninth in the Miller Lite 400 at Michigan Speedway Sunday. Nemechek earned his third finish of 12th or better in the last four NASCAR Winston Cup Series races. "That was a pretty good run for the BellSouth Chevrolet team," Nemechek said. "We ran in the top-10 most of the day, and this was our third top-10 finish of the season. We've got three good runs in the last four races, so I think we're really gaining on it."
Nemechek started the season with a 26th-place finish in the Daytona 500. Four consecutive finishes of 35th or worse followed that, and then the dreaded DNQ (did not qualify) struck at the Food City 500 at Bristol. Nemechek was sitting 41st in the NASCAR Winston Cup Series points chase.
A fourth-place finish at Texas, where he started second, began to turn things around for Nemechek. His average finish in those first five races was 34.8. His average in the last eight? Try 16.9. That's quite a turnaround.
"Consistency is the key in this business, and you've got to crawl before you can walk," Nemechek said. "I'd say we're beginning to crawl pretty good right now. The guys are working hard, and we've got finishes of sixth, 12th and ninth in three of our last four starts. We finished on the lead lap in all three of those races. We had a few problems at Dover, but we can see the light at the end of the tunnel."
That light is not an oncoming train, because the oncoming train would be Nemechek. Even his 26th-place finish in the MBNA Platinum 400 at Dover Downs International Speedway produced a sixth-place start for the BellSouth Chevrolet team. Before that, only Jeremy Mayfield kept Nemechek out of The Winston at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Nemechek finished second to Mayfield in the Winston Open, then earned his best finish of the season a week later in the Coca-Cola 600 at the same track.
"I'm real proud of the way these guys have been working, and we'll get ready to go at it again next week at Pocono," Nemechek said. "If we can turn these top-10s into top-five
Source: NASCAR Online