Sunday, May 23, 2010

CUP: Nemechek Loses Electrics In Sprint Showdown

Joe Nemechek finished last in Saturday night’s Sprint Showdown at the Charlotte Motor Speedway when his unsponsored #87 NEMCO Motorsports Toyota fell out with electrical problems after completing 9 of the race’s 40 laps.

Nemechek was the final car to make his qualifying run in Friday’s qualifying for the Showdown before rain came and ultimately ended the session. Due to his late draw, this kept Nemechek at the back of the pack on Saturday in the 25th spot. During the opening green-flag run, Nemechek went behind the wall. Norm Benning went behind the wall just before Nemechek, but came back out and managed to finish on the lead lap in 20th.

*The race marked Nemechek’s first last-place finish in the Sprint Showdown.
*It was also the first time that both a Toyota and the number 87 had ever finished last in the Sprint Showdown.
*Nemechek is the first driver to finish last in the Sprint Showdown with an electrical problem.

29) #87-Joe Nemechek / 7 laps / electrical
28) #64-Todd Bodine / 13 laps / transmission
27) #42-Juan Pablo Montoya / 16 laps / crash
26) #78-Regan Smith / 16 laps / crash
25) #36-Tony Raines / 18 laps / suspension

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