Atlanta: Joe Nemechek preview

Nemechek's Confidence Level Not Altered Despite Las Vegas Detour HAMPTON, Ga. (March 13, 2007) -- Though his momentum took a detour in Las Vegas Sunday, Joe Nemechek's confidence level has stayed on courseas he prepares for this weekend's Nextel...

Nemechek's Confidence Level Not Altered Despite Las Vegas Detour

HAMPTON, Ga. (March 13, 2007) -- Though his momentum took a detour in Las Vegas Sunday, Joe Nemechek's confidence level has stayed on courseas he prepares for this weekend's Nextel Cup race atAtlanta Motor Speedway. JNemechek entered the Las Vegas race seventh in points, but an early accident -- Lap 17 of 267 -- ruined his daywith a 38th-place finish. He dropped to 20th in the point standings.

"After our qualifying and practice sessions in Las Vegas we really felt that wewere going to be a contender," said Nemechek. "Unfortunately we weren't able to showour hand in Vegas. That's the frustrating news. The good news is that we had a strong car and will have another one in Atlanta this weekend."

Nemechek will drive a new car in Atlanta, built at theGinn Racing shop in Mooresville, N.C. Crew chief Peter Sospenzo is excited about thenew No. 13 Chevroletthat will showcasethe Ginn Resorts colors for theKobalt Tools 500.

"We're fired up about this new car after seeing the results from our wind tunnel test last week," said Sospenzo. "You need the entire package at Atlanta -- horsepower, aero and handling. We believe we have it alland with Joe's past performances at this track, we're definitely pumped about this weekend."

Nemechek has scored one runner-up, three top fives and six top 10s at Atlanta'ssuper-fast 1.5-mile oval.His most recent top 10 in Atlanta was a ninth-place resultin last year's fall race.

"Once again, we have to take it one step at a time," said Nemechek, who needs to qualify on speed.bOur mainfocusFriday will be qualifying. The draw is going to be importantsince we qualify in the evening. The conditions will bemore ripe toclick off afast lap late in the session. We've had good cars at every race this yearand I lookfor another strong performance by our No. 13 Chevrolet in Atlanta."

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Drivers Joe Nemechek