Joe Nemechek will attempt to qualify his family-owned NEMCO Motorsports Toyota for a fifth straight NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Martinsville Speedway this weekend, as continues to seek sponsorship for the #87.
The veteran has missed only one race - the season-opening Daytona 500 - after deciding to press ahead with his privateer entry, but knows that he will go the way of other teams and drivers if a backer cannot be found soon.
"Daytona was a bummer, no doubt about that," Nemechek admitted, "but we didn't quit, we didn't get frustrated. We just kept plugging away and were able to qualify for the next four races."
Along with qualifying for four of the first five Cup races of 2009, Nemechek has qualified in every Nationwide Series race in his #87 Chevrolet, but gets a break this weekend before the feeder series reconvenes next week at Texas Motor Speedway.
"Everyone in the business knows that we're not funded with sponsorship money, but they also know that we mean business when we show up to the racetrack," he said of his under-funded effort, "We're taking baby steps and progressing in the right direction. Though we are financially limited about what we can do during qualifying and race day, I think we have made a pretty good statement so far."
When it comes to qualifying at the half-mile Martinsville flat track, Nemechek has had his share of success, having qualified on the pole in October 1999.
"I've always liked Martinsville, though the track can get tricky," he said, "I've had some qualifying success there in the past and I'm ready to have more success this weekend. I am really proud of everyone on this team for their work ethic and commitment."