Bristol II: Joe Nemechek race report

Nemechek Finishes 26th in Bristol BRISTOL, Tenn. (Aug. 26, 2006) -- Joe Nemechek stayed the course and battled back from a 41st starting position to finish 26th in Saturday night's Sharpie 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway. "We had a lot to ...

Nemechek Finishes 26th in Bristol

BRISTOL, Tenn. (Aug. 26, 2006) -- Joe Nemechek stayed the course and battled back from a 41st starting position to finish 26th in Saturday night's Sharpie 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway.

"We had a lot to overcome, but we still thought we would have had a better finish," said Nemechek following the completion of the 500-lap race on the historic half-mile oval. "It seemed like every time we went to the back there would be a long green-flag run and we would get a lap down. The cautions didn't play into our favor tonight."

Though Nemechek finished the race, his 01 Army Chevrolet didn't go unscathed. His rear bumper got knocked in a few times and the right-front fender took a beating when he scraped the wall on Lap 380.

"It was pretty much a typical Bristol race," said Nemechek. "Our Army Chevy took a few hits and got a few bruises, but nothing so severe that we couldn't finish the race. You're just happy to come out of this place with all of the fenders on the car."

The next stop for Nemechek and the U.S. Army team will be at California Speedway in Fontana Sunday, Sept. 3.

-credit: mb2m

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