Talladega, Alabama -- April 26, 2008 -- "Front Row" Joe Nemechek, No. 78 National Day of Prayer/Furniture Row Impala SS, set a blistering lap of 51.103-seconds/187.286 mph to capture the pole for Sunday's Aaron's 499 at Talladega Superspeedway ...
Talladega, Alabama -- April 26, 2008 -- "Front Row" Joe Nemechek, No. 78 National Day of Prayer/Furniture Row Impala SS, set a blistering lap of 51.103-seconds/187.286 mph to capture the pole for Sunday's Aaron's 499 at Talladega Superspeedway (TSS). The number one starting position is the fourth at TSS for Nemechek and the 10th Coors Light Pole Award of his NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) career.
Nemechek was 45th of the 46 drivers attempting to qualify for the ninth race of the season and had to make the field on time as a result of the team not being in the top-35 in 2008 owner's point standings.
"It means a lot for a lot of reasons. One, we have struggled a lot this year at a lot of other tracks. We were really good at Daytona and we had a lugnut go through the oil cooler. It was a tough deal.
"I am so proud of Furniture Row/National Day of Prayer crew guys; Jay Guy (crew chief), Joe Garrone (team manager), Barney Visser (team owner) for giving us this opportunity. Special sponsor on board here, National Day of Prayer. How many times do you get to qualify and sit on the pole when your car says 'We need to pray as a nation.' It is a big statement.
"I want to thank Hendrick Motorsports. The engines have been incredible this year. We are getting better and better at making these cars to go around the corner and getting them to go faster. It is a big day."
Four Team Chevy drivers scored top-10 starting positions for the 188-lap/500.08-mile race.
Starting third is perennial NSCS favorite Ken Schrader, No. 70 Hunt Brothers Pizza/Haas CNC Impala SS. Schrader was the last driver to make his qualifying run and turned a lap of 51.346-seconds/186.499 mph. He also had to qualify for the race on time.
Hendrick Motorsports teammates Dale Earnhardt, Jr., No. 88 AMP Energy/National Guard Impala SS and Jimmie Johnson, No. 48 Lowe's Impala SS, will roll off ninth and 10th respectively.
There will be 15 Chevrolet Impala SS drivers taking the green flag on Sunday at 2:00 p.m. EDT.
DALE EARNHARDT JR., NO. 88 AMP ENERGY / NATIONAL GUARD IMPALA SS:
WAS THAT A PRETTY GOOD LAP? -- Qualified 9th "I don't know, we didn't make a run yesterday in practice, so we didn't have any idea what we would put up today for a time. I guess we will be pretty satisfied with that. I have seen some other cars go, some pretty strong cars, that we have been kind of on par with them so we will take it."
IS THIS A VERY DIFFERENT PLACE TO QUALIFY: "Well, it is different. Like I said, we didn't even make a run yesterday, if that says anything. We just focused on our drafting and how the car pulled up in race trim and stuff like that. This is one of the only places we go that you not even make a run for qualifying in practice."
TALK ABOUT THE FAN SUPPORT YOU HAVE HERE IN TALLADEGA: "This is one of our funner tracks we go as where we get a lot of support. The fans really enjoy seeing us run here,. It is just really apparent every time we come back how much support we have here. When we drive through the infield on Sunday morning on the way to do our appearance so where outside the race track and you see all the people with their banners and whatnot, it is a good feeling, it really pumps you and get you ready."
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