Chevrolet Racing Daytona final practice notes

Joe Nemechek, No. 33 Oakwood Homes Chevrolet Monte Carlo (ran his No. 87 Cellular One Pontiac Grand Prix in the NAPA 300 Busch Series race and finished 32nd. Teammate, Randy ...

Joe Nemechek, No. 33 Oakwood Homes Chevrolet Monte Carlo (ran his No. 87 Cellular One Pontiac Grand Prix in the NAPA 300 Busch Series race and finished 32nd. Teammate, Randy LaJoie, won the race in his No. 7 Kleenex Pontiac): "It was just like the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat. You know we were hooked to run one-two, but Matt Kenseth (No. 17) just had a heck of a run behind us. I tried to keep him behind us, but he just had a little bit too much momentum. But we got one of these cars in victory lane. I hired him (Randy LaJoie) because he can win. And he's going to win some more races this year."

HAPPY HOUR NOTES:

Kevin Hamlin, crew chief,No. 3 GM Goodwrench Chevrolet Monte Carlo: "We changed an intake manifold and oil cooler. We think we'll be fine for tomorrow."


"What happened was it broke right in the middle of the corner (one and two) and I had about 15 cars behind me. So I just got up against the wall,trying to let them go by. Just the air from those guys going by me so fast, pushed me into the wall. Jeremy Mayfield was behind me and he did a really heads-up job of getting by me. I started waving my hand. It broke so suddenly I got my hand up there and at least those guys shot to the inside of me.

"It probably won't be much like this tomorrow. It's extremely cool and overcast. It might be cooler that it's been -- like on Thursday and Friday -- but it's not going to be like this tomorrow. So is kind of a waste of timeout there anyway. But the good thing for us is that we found out that that motor wasn't going to make it today and not tomorrow.

"We have so much practice at Daytona, that more practice is not that important at this point. We've got our cars dialed-in pretty close. Today it's just fine-tuning. But it was important for us today because we put that race motor in. And that's what most guys are checking out is their race motors. So it was crucial for us today because if we hadn't had time with that race motor, we would have broke it tomorrow.

"We never break motors. We've got the best engine facility there is and I'm very confident we'll put one in there and we'll be in good shape tomorrow. Like I said, it's more of finding out why it-happened. We want to make sure it wasn't something we were doing. It might have been just a freak part that broke. Sometimes you get a stress in a piece of material, and maybe that's what it was."

-GM Racing-

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Matt Kenseth , Joe Nemechek , Kevin Hamlin