Joe Nemechek won the inaugural running of the July Busch Series race at the Daytona International Speedway. Keeping to his nickname "Front row Joe", Nemechek started his race weekend by claiming the pole in a car that was truly the class of the ...
Joe Nemechek won the inaugural running of the July Busch Series race at the Daytona International Speedway. Keeping to his nickname "Front row Joe", Nemechek started his race weekend by claiming the pole in a car that was truly the class of the field.
"Our car was so dominant in the lead", noted the race winner. "We made quite a few changes in happy hour, and it was perfect" I was so confident in that car. They couldn't get by me, and we won the race. I've got to thank Gregg Biffle. He stayed in line, but I don't think he had the car to lead."
Nemechek led four times for a total of seventy-eight laps of the one hundred-lap event. Finishing behind Nemechek were Greg Biffle, Kevin Lepage, Jason Keller, and Jamie McMurray.
Anytime the series takes to the Superspeedway NASCAR mandates that the cars run with restrictor plate engines. The plates "restrict" airflow to the power plants to reduce speed. The reduction causes the field of cars to bunch up prompting concern for what has become know as the "big one", a crash involving multiple cars.
The stage for the big one was set on lap eighty four when Kerry Earnhardt and Bobby Hamilton Jr together entering the tri oval taking out Scott Riggs and Randy Lajoie. The resulting restart set up a ten lap shootout that saw the top five cars break away as positions five through ten raced three wide for position. The intense competition brought together Todd Bodine and Jack Sprague exiting turns one. The resulting contact led to a sixteen-car pile that forced NASCAR to throw the red flag with five laps remaining.
Sprague, obviously upset by the incident had harsh words for Bodine as he left the infield care center. "He's the biggest idiot I've ever raced against."
The Green Flag came out with two laps remaining and Nemechek held the point with Biffle attempting a pass on the final lap, but had the door closed as Nemechek blocked the inside line approaching the checkered flag.
"I really don't have enough restrictor plate experience to have made that kind of a run," said Biffle. "I should have laid back on the super stretch."
Biffle's second place finish was enough to move him into the points lead thirty-nine marks ahead of Jason Keller.
The win was Nemechek's first Busch Victory of the season and the twelfth of his career.