Joe Nemecheck Rolls Along at Nashville SuperSpeedway
As Joey Logano celebrated his second career win in the NASCAR Nationwide Series earlier today, he said "Get you some of that!"
Joe Nemechek did.
With 11 laps to go at Nashville SuperSpeedway, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. driving the No. 16 for Roush-Fenway Racing, hit the wall coming out of turn four causing him to swerve to the left so much that he hit the No. 87 of Nemechek.
That's when all hell broke loose.
Nemechek's car rolled over on his roof and slid down the front stretch toward the start-finish line before rolling back over on it's wheels.
As the car headed for the wall, Nemechek re-gained control, by putting his foot in the gas and started on driving.
All the way back to the pits.
When he came down pit road, members of Jason Keller's No. 27 team stood on pit wall and gave him a thumbs up and standing ovation as he drove by.
Nemechek's car came to the attention of his crew where one of the roof flaps was torn off along with his right side door, revealing the roll cage. The rest of the car was smashed in all of it's corners and sides.
But for Nemecheck, who sat on pit road as the race was red flagged to clean up his debris, he wanted the crew to fix the car so he could finish the final laps of the race.
NASCAR said no way.
Officials felt the car was in no shape to return to the race track nor able to protect Nemechek had he become involved in other wreck.
Nemechek felt otherwise. As the true racer, he wanted to get back racing, just as Dale Earnhardt did when he flipped his car at Daytona in the 1997 Daytona 500.
Nemechek was credited with a 34th place finish.
Joey Logano may be taking home a Gibson guitar, but Nemechek is taking home the award for the crash and the recovery of the year.
For video of Nemechek's wild ride visit NASCAR.com.
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