Daytona 500: GM - Nemechek second practice notes

JOE NEMECHEK, NO. 25 UAW-DELPHI CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO: [Nemechek posted the fastest lap in Saturday's second practice in preparation for Sunday's Daytona 500 qualifying (185.189 miles per hour).] HOW GOOD IS YOUR CAR? "I think we're pretty...

JOE NEMECHEK, NO. 25 UAW-DELPHI CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO:

[Nemechek posted the fastest lap in Saturday's second practice in preparation for Sunday's Daytona 500 qualifying (185.189 miles per hour).]

HOW GOOD IS YOUR CAR? "I think we're pretty good. You just never know until it's time to go out and show everything you have. I think we're going to be pretty good. We just don't know how much everybody else is going to pick up. But, you know we should have a good shot at a top 10, hopefully a top-five tomorrow. You know DEI is going to be strong. You just never know until it's time to show everything."

DO YOU FEEL LIKE THIS IS POSSIBLY A POLE-WINNING CAR? "Everybody has got to go through the 'room of doom' (NASCAR inspection), so I think we've got as good a shot as any to be close. It's going to be close."

DID YOU HAVE ANY IDEA AFTER TESTING THAT YOUR CAR WOULD BE THIS COMPETITIVE? "We knew we were going to be pretty decent. You just never know exactly how good you're going to be. We made a lot of little improvements. We fit the NASCAR templates pretty darn good when we came here to test, so we just had to tweak on it a little bit and just try to make a few small improvements and it worked out good."

DO YOU THINK INSPECTION WILL BE A BIG KEY TOMORROW MORNING? "The biggest thing is that they've got so many templates - trying to make all the templates fit - and all of ours fit when we went through, so that was good. We didn't have to work on our car. We got to go out and make runs. We were prepared."

WHAT IS GOING TO MAKE YOU HAPPY TOMORROW? "A top 10 would be great. But, just to have a shot at the pole is going to be pretty cool."

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