Atlanta: Joe Nemechek preview

Nemechek Looking For Continued Success at AMS HAMPTON, Ga. (March 9, 2004) -- When it comes to picking a favorite race track, Atlanta Motor Speedway (AMS) would be one of the facilities at the top of Joe Nemechek's list. The 1.54-mile oval,...

Nemechek Looking For Continued Success at AMS

HAMPTON, Ga. (March 9, 2004) -- When it comes to picking a favorite race track, Atlanta Motor Speedway (AMS) would be one of the facilities at the top of Joe Nemechek's list.

The 1.54-mile oval, host to this weekend's Golden Corral 500 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup race, has provided many pleasant memories for Nemechek, driver of the No. 01 U.S. Army/USG Chevrolet.

In his last three starts at AMS, Nemechek has had top-10 finishes of second (fall 2002), ninth (spring 2003) and 10th (fall 2003). The 10th-place posting at last fall's event had a special meaning for Nemechek since it was his debut ride with the U.S. Army team.

Along with the three straight top-10 results, AMSalso provided Nemechekwith his first top--five careerqualifying effort (fifth at 1994 spring race) andtrack earnings of nearly $1 million ($917,262).

"No question, Atlanta is one of my favorite tracks," said Nemechek. "I've run so well there that I truly feel I am overdue for a win. And with the talent on this Army team, that first win is ready to happen at anytime."

Nemechek and the Army of One team are feeling more optimistic about that first win after conducting a successful test session at AMS last week.

"We ran well in testing, but more importantly we know what it's going to take to do well in Atlanta," explained Nemechek. "This is a facility where you must have the entire package working at 100 percent -- the aerodynamics of the car, the engine and of course handling, especially with the softer tires that we're running.

"Having the right balance is critical because in order to do well at Atlanta you need to hammer down on the gas."

Nemechek enters the fourth race of the season 13th in Nextel Cup driver points. His finishes to date have been sixth (Daytona), 24th (Rockingham) and 19th (Las Vegas).

"Last week's result in Las Vegas was disappointing," offered Nemechek. "We were in position for a top-10 finish, but the handling of the car went away on the last green-flag run. Very frustrating, because we know we can be so much better. I am hoping that Atlanta will be our coming out party."

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
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