Charlotte: Joe Nemechek race report

Nemechek's Strong Start Spoiled by Brake Malfunction CONCORD, N.C. (May 27, 2007) -- NASCAR's longest race of the season was even longer for Joe Nemechek, who battled back from an early brake problem to finish 26th in Sunday's Coca-Cola ...

Nemechek's Strong Start Spoiled by Brake Malfunction

CONCORD, N.C. (May 27, 2007) -- NASCAR's longest race of the season was even longer for Joe Nemechek, who battled back from an early brake problem to finish 26th in Sunday's Coca-Cola 600.

Starting 33rd in the 43-car field, Nemechek didn't waste any time moving to the front. He was steadily picking off positions and it appeared his No. 13 Haier Chevrolet was dialed in for a strong run.

But on Lap 40 of 400, Nemechek radioed the Ginn Racing crew to inform them that he didn't have any brakes. The malfunction forced Nemechek to bring the car to the garage where the No. 13 crew changed the entire brake assembly while Nemechek was listed in 42nd place.

"This is really frustrating to come here with a good car and have this happen," said Nemechek. "I could feel that we were hooked up at the start of the race and I was having a blast passing cars. I don't understand why the brakes failed -- we need to look into the problem and make sure it doesn't happen again."

This was the second week in a row at Lowe's Motor Speedway that Nemechek suffered an early misfortune. In last week's all-star weekend, he got collected in a multicar wreck during the first lap of the Nextel Open.

"We never could show how good our Haier Chevy was for this track," offered Nemechek. "So much preparation went into these two weekends and to have the problems that we had is extremely disappointing."

Though crew chief Peter Sospenzo was equally dejected over the outcome in Sunday's Memorial Day weekend race, he did find solace in how the team stayed focused and fought back.

"Honestly, the way the car was running before the brake issue, I thought we were on our way to a top-10 or better finish," noted Sospenzo. "That didn't happen, but I am still very proud of this team for not throwing in the towel. We fought back and came away with a not-so-bad result."

As Nemechek was leaving the track he told his crew, "We've paid our dues guys and one of these days it's all going to play out in our favor. And when it does it's going to be very rewarding. Stay upbeat."

The next stop for Nemechek and the No. 13 team will be Sunday (June 3) at Dover International Speedway.

-credit: gr

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Joe Nemechek