NEMECHEK FIFTH FASTEST IN DAYTONA 500 QUALIFYING; STREAK CONTINUES DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Feb. 13, 2005) -- Joe Nemechek's stellar superspeedway performance continued Sunday as he posted the fifth fastest speed in Daytona 500 ...
NEMECHEK FIFTH FASTEST IN DAYTONA 500 QUALIFYING; STREAK CONTINUES
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Feb. 13, 2005) -- Joe Nemechek's stellar superspeedway performance continued Sunday as he posted the fifth fastest speed in Daytona 500 qualifying.
Nemechek's No. 01 U.S. Army Chevrolet toured Daytona International Speedway's 2.5-mile tri oval in 47.914 seconds at 187.837 miles per hour.
Sunday's pole qualifying locked in the fastest two qualifiers for the Daytona 500 (Feb. 20) and also determined the starting fields for Thursday's (Feb. 17) 150-mile qualifying races.
It was the fifth straight time that Nemechek's qualifying speed placed him in the top 10 at superspeedway events. He had a 4.75 qualifying average at the four superspeedway races in 2004.
"That was a good lap and that was all we had," said Nemechek. "But deep down we came here with a goal of taking the pole. Our expectations were high,but that's how confident this U.S. Army team is."
Pole Day qualifying turned into a speedfest for Nemechek and his two MB2 teammates -- Scott Riggs (Valvoline Chevrolet) and Boris Said (CENTRIX Financial Chevrolet). Riggs was right behind Nemechek with the sixth fastest speed and Said was close by with the 11th fastest mark.
"This is as close as you can get to building racecars," said Nemechek. "I think we have eight speedway cars and they all ran just about identically in testing. That's a pretty good feat for those guys back at the shop. I'd also like to thank Hendrick Motorsports for the engines. The motors run strong and that makes our job a lot easier. A solid team effort all the way around."
The MB2/MBV/MB Sutton trio will line up third (Nemechek), fourth (Riggs) and fifth (Said) in Thursday's second Gatorade Duel 150 qualifying race.The twin qualifying races will determine the starting order for the Daytona 500."
JFX will televise Thursday's qualifying races, beginning at 1 p.m. ET.