Atlanta II: Joe Nemechek race report

Nemechek Solid in Top-10 Atlanta Finish HAMPTON, Ga. (Oct. 29, 2006) -- Joe Nemechek's late-season improvement continued Sunday as the U.S. Army driver posted a solid ninth-place finish in the Bass Pro Shops 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. The...

Nemechek Solid in Top-10 Atlanta Finish

HAMPTON, Ga. (Oct. 29, 2006) -- Joe Nemechek's late-season improvement continued Sunday as the U.S. Army driver posted a solid ninth-place finish in the Bass Pro Shops 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

The result was Nemechek's second top 10 in the last four races and it was also his fourth straight top-20 performance.

"I wish this was the beginning of the season and not the end," offered Nemechek. "Today was fun - it all worked. The Army Chevy responded to the adjustments, we had excellent pit strategy and the over-the-wall guys did another outstanding job."

With qualifying being canceled Friday due to rain, Nemechek started the Nextel Cup race from the 31st position.

But as soon as the green flag dropped, it was evident that Nemechek had a stout racecar. He plowed through the field, running in 14th place by Lap 50 of 325.

"The 01 Army Chevy was solid from the get go," explained Nemechek. "The only downside was that we let a few spots slip away at the end. But with two top 10s and four top 20s in the last four races I think it's safe to say that we're coming out of our slump. We're still not where we want to be but we're getting there. We're going to continue to go after it in the final three races of the season."

Nemechek, who ran as high as seventh in the closing stages of the 500-mile race, almost saw his strong performance end prematurely when he narrowly slid through a few spinning cars with 16 laps remaining.

"I don't know how I missed that one," noted Nemechek. "For a split second it looked like my Army car was going to get collected in the rubble and it would be another one of those tough-luck-Joe days. But this time, the luck was on our side. You need that in this business. And when you get some luck you better take advantage of it."

"I am really happy for this team and for all of our soldiers -- they deserve these kind of finishes," Nemechek added. "Our soldiers continue to inspire us when we need to fight through adversity."

Nemechek and the 01 Army team will take their momentum to Texas Motor Speedway for Sunday's (Nov. 5) running of the Dickies 500.

-credit: mb2m

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Joe Nemechek