Nemechek's Streak Will Be Tested at Bristol BRISTOL, Tenn. (March 22, 2006) -- Joe Nemechek, who has the longest streak of finishing races at 36, will be going to a venue this weekend where just to take the checkered flag has become a major ...
Nemechek's Streak Will Be Tested at Bristol
BRISTOL, Tenn. (March 22, 2006) -- Joe Nemechek, who has the longest streak of finishing races at 36, will be going to a venue this weekend where just to take the checkered flag has become a major accomplishment for Nextel Cup drivers.
The site is Bristol Motor Speedway and the season's first of two crash 'em up races at the half-mile bullring.
Included in Nemechek's finishing streak are two completed races at Bristol in 2005. However, the U.S. Army Chevrolet driver didn't come away with a clean car at the spring Bristol race. He was involved in an early incident that sent the Army Chevy behind the wall for repairs.
But at the Bristol's summer race in August, Nemechek finished 12th, his best result at the .533-mile, high-banked-oval.
"I don't care what kind of positive streak you're on, if you're going to Bristol then it's in jeopardy," offered Nemechek. "Bristol is not a give-and-take type of track -- it usually does more of the taking. There's nothing fair about Bristol."
And by taking, Nemechek means more sheet metal carnage than at any other track in the Nextel Cup Series.
"I finally got a decent result (12th) at Bristol last August," explained Nemechek. "You always go into a race looking for awin. But on the other hand,you don't want to get greedy -- especially at Bristol. A 12th-place or better finish with all the fenders on the car would be a pretty good day's work at Bristol. Heck, that kind of result should even warrant overtime pay."
Nemechek and the Army are ready to do whatever it takes to have a jump start race to the 2006 season.
"We've had good cars, but need to get a good top-10 or top-five result," said Nemechek. "The potential is there -- just waiting to break through with a strong finish. We're so close with the complete package. Last week in Atlanta, our pit crew was awesome. They're like good soldiers -- they never get down, they just keep working harder and harder and never reach a point of being complacent."
In the past two races Nemechek has gained 10 positions in the Nextel Cup driver point standings -- from 32nd to 22nd.
"A couple of strong results will get us to where we should be," said Nemechek. "We had issues at the first two races with flying debris hurting our car. We'll get there, this is a talented team with plenty of desire."
The Bristol event is the first of back-to-back short track races. Next week is the half-mile oval at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway.
"No matter the frustration you encounter at short tracks or the damage to your car, the short tracks are still fun races to be part of- I always look forward to Bristol and Martinsville," offered Nemechek.