Atlanta: Jerry Nadeau preview

Nadeau looking for more Atlanta magic. ATLANTA (March 4, 2003) - United States Army driver Jerry Nadeau will forever have fond memories of Atlanta Motor Speedway. It's the race track where he captured his first Winston Cup win (Nov. 20, 2000)...

Nadeau looking for more Atlanta magic.

ATLANTA (March 4, 2003) - United States Army driver Jerry Nadeau will forever have fond memories of Atlanta Motor Speedway.

It's the race track where he captured his first Winston Cup win (Nov. 20, 2000) and it is also the track where he has enjoyed the most success since joining the NASCAR circuit as a full-time competitor in 1998.

Nadeau will once again strive for that Atlanta Motor Speedway magic when the 43-car field takes the green flag for Sunday's (March 9) Bass Pro Shops MBNA 500.

"Atlanta is a great race track," said Nadeau, driver of the No. 01 U.S. Army Grand Prix. "When I first went there it was never a good place for me. It just seems like after a few tries I really got used to the track. I've won there and should have won another race. It's just a fun track to race on. You can run three to four wide and pass a lot. I really like that."

When Nadeau mentioned that he should have won twice at Atlanta, he was right. At the 2001 season-ending race, he was way ahead of the field on the final lap, leading by four seconds. But, he ran out of gas and coasted home to a fourth-place finish.

"No question, that was a huge disappointment," said Nadeau. "But I still love the track. Atlanta has been beneficial for me and hopefully we can have another good run there this weekend. I like all of the mile-in-a-half tracks - I just have a comfortable feeling when I'm on those tracks."

Nadeau has posted three top-five finishes at Atlanta and has led a total of 269 laps on the 1.54-mile quad oval. His best finish, aside from his 2000 win, was third at the 2001 spring race.

"We need to take advantage of the track and have a good result on Sunday," said Nadeau. "All of the pieces are there to make it happen. The finishes haven't been what we wanted at the first three races of the season, but on the other hand we've seen plenty of positives. Hopefully, this will be the weekend that we'll put it all together."

In the first three races of the current season, the U.S. Army team has had finishes of 28th (Daytona), 26th (Rockingham) and 22nd (Las Vegas).

"There's no quit in this team," said Nadeau. "We want to do better and we're going to get there."

-mb2m-

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Drivers Jerry Nadeau