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Which Series to Take Points In?

Hope you are all having a great winter so far.  We're having a great off season, staying busy, dealing with some interesting weather, but getting some work done along the way.

 

Many have been asking about which series I am going to elect to take my championship points in.  In case you haven't heard, NASCAR is requiring every driver to select which series they want to accumulate championship points for (see article here).  It seems like it could be both a good and a bad thing, but I understand why NASCAR is doing it. The good news for Nationwide and Camping World Truck drivers is that one of the fulltime drivers in the series is going to win the championship.  The bad deal is for the drivers doing more than one series; with the expense of running these races, lower winnings, and no championship award, it might not be as popular for drivers to run races in more than one series.

 

 

I haven't yet made a decision as to which series I want my points applied to.  I ran the full Nationwide series last year and finished 20th in points, even running some races without sponsorship, so I am looking hard at going with Nationwide points and still running Sprint Cup but not competing for the Sprint Cup championship. But with everything being more expensive this year in the Nationwide series, from engines to all new cars to transmissions to everything else, and the winnings being cut like they are, it will be really hard to run without a full time sponsor.

 

 

 

The other thing that I struggle with is that if I do select Nationwide and I am approached by a sponsor that wants us to compete in Sprint Cup for the championship, we won't be able to do it, as from what I know now you can't change your choice once you've made it.  So I hesitate to make the decision until we know more about what our sponsorships will look like this year.

 

So for now we are still building cars and getting ready for Speedweeks, and I'll let you know my decision on which series I'll take my points in when I make it.

 

 
NEMCO / HostGator Hats Available

I hope all of you are having a great Holiday Season!

 

Things have been a bit more relaxed around the shop, but there is still alot of work getting done.

 

To show your support and thanks to HostGator for all they've done and to keep them coming back, we've got these HostGator hats that you can buy and wear around town. The more we can spread the word about HostGator, and the more that we all use their services, the happier we'll all be.

 

You can find these hats in the store on the NEMCO website - just follow this link. Then you'll be able to wear the same hats that we do at the shop and at the track. We've got free shipping on these hats, but we don't have many of them, so get them while you can.

 

Remember to use HostGator whenever you can. Just click that link on the right to see what they have to offer.

 

Here's hoping you all have a great New Year!

 
Fontana Recap

I've got a few minutes today. These recaps are not going to be a regular feature, but whenever I get some time I'll do what I can.

 

Practice at Fontana went pretty well. Weather was good through the weekend, maybe a bit warm. The HostGator Chevy was quick when we unloaded, but we did need to change shocks and make a few adjustments to get the speed up. We were able to qualify the #87 Toyota in Cup, but there is still some speed out there that we need to find.

 

The Nationwide race started out pretty well. We were running pretty good, but got caught a lap down after the first caution. Then the cautions started going our way, as we were able to stay out and get back on the lead lap. As the race was winding down, we were racing pretty good, but on one of our pit stops the guys noticed some oil on one of the wheels that came off the car. Fortunately after that we had a few caution laps and were able to get in the pits and get it taken care of - thanks to my guys for that! And when do cautions ever work out right for us? But now we were last car on the lead lap with only a few to go. Then thanks to how the car was running, some incidents in front of us, and being able to turn some pretty good lap times, we were able to move up through the lead lap cars and finish with a strong 14th.

 

Now we gear up towards staying near home for a busy week with testing sessions on Wednesday and Cup qualifying Thursday.

 
Dover Recap

There was enough that went on this weekend to take some time to write about it. Hopefully this also gives you some insight as to some of the things that go on during race weekends.

 

The weekend in Dover started well, with an uneventful practice session with the Sprint Cup #87 Toyota, leading into the setup of the Nationwide #87 Hostgator Chevy, which was going as expected. We got the car through inspection OK, and were able to get out pretty early in the only practice session scheduled. Unfortunately on I believe it was my second lap out we blew a right front tire and went straight into the wall. I was able to take the car back to the garage, but knew as hard as the hit was that we killed it. Back in the garage, we started taking it apart to see the extent of the damage and to find out what went wrong. We pretty quickly saw the result of the hard impact, with a broken brake rotor and damage all the way back into the exhaust manifold. So off to the backup car.

 

Because of budget constraints, we did not have the backup car fully set up to run Dover. So we used the rest of the practice time (and then some) to move the setup from the primary car to the backup. Springs, shocks, carb, etc. That was still going on when I headed to the other side of the infield for Sprint Cup qualifying. That went well, so the evening ended with a bit more work on the Nationwide car and watching a bit of the K&N Series race.

 

Saturday morning started with Nationwide qualifying, with a car that had not yet been on the track. That went well considering. Got a decent starting spot, and learned just a little about the car to be able to know what to change during the race. Then back over for more Sprint Cup practice before getting ready for the Nationwide race to start.

 

The Hostgator Chevy felt pretty good in the beginning. Then we had some trouble with the right rear in a pit stop. Our chain was too long or something else was wrong with the suspension, as we had the spring pop out during the stop. That set us back some time, and then we were very close to being in the middle of it when the 27 hit the 88. We were able to sneak by on the high side, but not without hitting the radiator bouncing across the track. When I hit it water came up on my windshield, and I wasn't sure if that was from my radiator or not. So we got to pit road after the red flag and checked things out. We were able to fix things up pretty good, and make a decent day out of it.

 

After the race, the crew took me out to dinner for my birthday. It was good to unwind and tell stories over a good meal. I got to talk to John Hunter after he finished 6th in his race that night. Then we were kicked out as those nice folks in the restaurant had to go home for the night. I got printouts of all the birthday wishes and stories that were sent in through the websites, and was able to read most of them that night.

 

Thanks to all for the great birthday wishes and your continued support!

 
Joe's Birthday

Web guy Rob here jumping in without Joe knowing. Joe's Birthday is coming up - it is on September 26th, when Joe and the crew are at Dover. We're hoping to surprise him with a whole bunch of fan stories and memories. We'll collect and give them all to him on his birthday. So if you've got a favorite Joe Nemechek moment, encounter, picture, or story that you want to share, post it here, email it to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , or mail it to:

 

NEMCO Motorsports
PO Box 177
Mooresville, NC 28115

 

and we'll get it to Joe!

 
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