Bristol: Joe Nemechek race report

Nemechek upbeat despite Bristol Result BRISTOL, Tenn. (March 26, 2006) -- The 29th-place result was disappointing. But the team effort and the way the U.S. Army car drove before being wounded gave Joe Nemechek an upbeat feeling...

Nemechek upbeat despite Bristol Result

BRISTOL, Tenn. (March 26, 2006) -- The 29th-place result was disappointing. But the team effort and the way the U.S. Army car drove before being wounded gave Joe Nemechek an upbeat feeling following Sunday's Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway.

"Not a great finish but an outstanding effort," said Nemechek. "We struggled in practice yesterday and I had concern. But Ryan (crew chief Ryan Pemberton) and the crew put a whole new setup in the car for the start of the race and let me tell you -- the Army Chevy was bad to the bone. One of the best cars I have ever driven. It was just incredible, I mean incredible on how good the car drove."

Nemechek started 16th and patiently drove his way to the front. But on Lap 118, he saw a strong performance turn sour when his car took a direct blow to the front-end.

"Dale Jr. and somebody got together and shot up in front of me and I got into the back of them," explained Nemechek. "My brakes locked up and the impact crunched the nose in. The Army car never drove the same after that. It was a pretty frustrating deal to have a car drive that good and then all of a sudden get wounded. For a while we had an easy top-10 car."

All the Army crew could do was bandaid the damage to keep Nemechek in the race as the U.S. Army driver soldiered on to complete the 500-lap event and extend his streak to 37 consecutive races of running at the finish.

"We had the Army fight today," offered Nemechek, who is 26th in driver points. "No one quit -- we were excellent soldiers. The pit crew was awesome again. It was just too bad we didn't get the result that we deserved. It was a great effort by everybody."

-mb2m

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Joe Nemechek