Atlanta II: Joe Nemechek preview

Nemechek, MB2 to Mark Third Anniversary in Atlanta HAMPTON, Ga. (Oct. 25, 2006) -- This weekend's Nextel Cup race at Atlanta Motor Speedway will mark the third anniversary for Joe Nemechek and MB2 Motorsports. It was at the Atlanta 2003 fall...

Nemechek, MB2 to Mark Third Anniversary in Atlanta

HAMPTON, Ga. (Oct. 25, 2006) -- This weekend's Nextel Cup race at Atlanta Motor Speedway will mark the third anniversary for Joe Nemechek and MB2 Motorsports. It was at the Atlanta 2003 fall race that Nemechek took over the MB2-owned U.S. Army ride.

In his debut with the 01 team, Nemechek had a strong performance -- starting eighth and finishing 10th.

"It's been a great relationship with MB2 and I know it's going to get better," offered Nemechek. "We slipped this year after picking up momentum the first two seasons. But I feel we're coming out of this slump."

As was announced a few weeks ago, Nemechek will continue with the Bobby Ginn-owned MB2 Motorsports, but will be with a new team and new car number (13) in 2007.

"There are a lot of good things happening at MB2 and I am happy that I will be part of it," said Nemechek. "With the arrival of Mark Martin to the team plus new equipment and personnel, I really feel this organization is on the right path."

But before next year rolls along Nemechek said he wants to get untracked with what has been a not-so typical year for the 01 team. Right now, Nemechek is 30th in driver points compared to season finishes of 19th and 16th respectively the past two years.

"It's getting better no question," noted Nemechek, who has had three straight top-20 finishes. "During the first half of last week's race in Martinsville I really thought we had the car to beat. Our finish (18th) wasn't even close to how well we performed. We just had a couple of bad breaks late in the race."

Sunday's Bass Pro Shops 500 could be the breakthrough event that Nemechek has been waiting for. Atlanta Motor Speedway is a fast track, just the way he and the 01 Army team like it. Two of Nemechek's best performances at the 1.54-mile track have come at the fall races -- second in 2002 and fourth in 2004.

"You need the whole package in Atlanta -- aero, handling and engine," said Nemechek. "It's a race track that is very fast and you need to have the right balance so you can hammer down on the gas. And if you can hold the gas wide open, you're going to be fine."

As he did in Talladega three weeks ago, Nemechek will perform double duty in Atlanta. He will compete in Saturday's NASCAR Craftsman Truck race, driving the No. 46 Silverado for Morgan-Dollar Motorsports.

-credit: mb2m

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Drivers Joe Nemechek , Mark Martin