NEMECHEK EXTENDS FINISHING STREAK TO ONE YEAR WITH ATLANTA FINISH ATLANTA (March 20, 2006) -- Joe Nemechek's 17th-place result in Monday's rain-delayed Golden Corral 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway extended his streak of running at the finish to...
NEMECHEK EXTENDS FINISHING STREAK TO ONE YEAR WITH ATLANTA FINISH
ATLANTA (March 20, 2006) -- Joe Nemechek's 17th-place result in Monday's rain-delayed Golden Corral 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway extended his streak of running at the finish to one year and 36 consecutive races.
It's the longest active streak for finishing a race in the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series. The last time Nemechek didn't finish a race was last March at Atlanta due to a punctured radiator.
"I really haven't given the streak a lot of thought," said Nemechek. "But I think it says something about the way this Army team goes about its business. We never quit and have a lot of talented people working on the team. We're very competitive, hang in there, take care of whatever needs to get fixed on the car and always try to run a smart race."
Though Nemechek was pleased to hear about the streak, he wasn't totally happy about finishing 17th. He started 13th and cracked the top 10 on Lap 204 of 325. He hovered near the top 10 for a good portion of the race, but slipped during the closing laps on the 1.54-mile oval.
"We should have been better - Atlanta is a good track for us and we were aiming for a top 10 or better," said Nemechek. "The Army Chevy started off tight, which was weird because it was never that way during our practices. We did have some good green flag runs, but lapped traffic hurt us today. A couple of times I was trying to pass lapped cars and I made contact with either a car or the wall. We had some damage to the Army car and that didn't help our cause."
"I hope everyone took notice of our Army pit crew -- they were super quick today," Nemechek continued. "It seemed like every time I left the pits I gained a bunch of positions."
The Army pit crew, led by trainer/coach Lance Munksgard, had a plus 14 performance for the number of spots gained following the pit stops in Monday's race.
The Army team will be at the Bristol (Tenn) Motor Speedway Sunday for the running of the Food City 500.