NEMECHEK IN EYE OF THE STORM AFTER MULTICAR ACCIDENT CONCORD, N.C. (May 21, 2005) -- Tempers flared Saturday night at Lowe's Motor Speedway and in the middle of the brohaha was Joe Nemechek, whose U.S. Army Chevrolet got collected in a nine-car...
NEMECHEK IN EYE OF THE STORM AFTER MULTICAR ACCIDENT
CONCORD, N.C. (May 21, 2005) -- Tempers flared Saturday night at Lowe's Motor Speedway and in the middle of the brohaha was Joe Nemechek, whose U.S. Army Chevrolet got collected in a nine-car wreck during the first of three segments in the NEXTEL All-Star Challenge.
The incident on Lap 35 of 40 was triggered when Tony Stewart turned around Nemechek coming off of Turn 4 on the 1.5-mile oval. As the 01 car was spinning out of control it made contact with Kevin Harvick's car.
When Harvick's and Nemechek's cars came to a halt on the infield grass, Harvick jumped out of his car first to point blame at Nemechek for the accident. The two drivers then had a heated exchange before NASCAR officials stepped in.
"He (Harvick) must have thought I caused the incident," said Nemechek. "Kevin thinks he owns the world but he doesn't own squat."
After looking at television replays it became more clear to Nemechek on what caused the accident that put seven cars out of the race.
"He (Stewart) got into my left rear quarter panel and started turning me," explained Nemechek, who was credited with a 21st-place finish. "I hit Kevin and it caused a heck of a big wreck. When there's a million dollars on the line things happen out there. Tonight was a major letdown, but we carry the Army pride and will come back even stronger just as our soldiers do when adversity strikes."
Not only did Nemechek not finish the race, his battered Army Chevy was towed to the garage and loaded in the team's transporter. The team will most likely have to go to its backup car for next week's (May 29) Coca-Cola 600 that will also be contested at Lowe's Motor Speedway.
"We had a great car and great pit stops tonight," said Nemechek. "Just before the accident, we pitted to make a few adjustments and we were starting to pick up steam. I am confident our backup car will be just as strong for the 600."