Chicagoland: Joe Nemechek preview

It's About Having a Clean Race forNemechek, No. 13 Team JOLIET, Ill. (July 11, 2007) --Joe Nemechek, who will pilot the No. 13CertainTeed Chevroletthis weekend at Chicagoland Speedway, has recently seen a number of solid runs take a wrong ...

It's About Having a Clean Race forNemechek, No. 13 Team

JOLIET, Ill. (July 11, 2007) --Joe Nemechek, who will pilot the No. 13CertainTeed Chevroletthis weekend at Chicagoland Speedway, has recently seen a number of solid runs take a wrong turn.

"We just can't seem to get a clean race in lately," said Nemechek. "We've had some pretty good performances buthaven't been able toclose the deal. We've had too manyincidents that have stopped our momentum. Wekeep on telling ourselvesthe luck cycle will eventually turn in our favor."

What has happened in the last four Nextel Cup races to the No. 13 team confirms Nemechek's recent woes.

In Michigan it was pitting under green only to have a caution come out a few laps later,in Sonoma it was a couple of spins at the hairpin turn, in New Hampshire it was a tire breaking loose, and last week in Daytona, it was a late-race accidentthat curtailed a march to the front.

"We gave away a lot of points in those races," noted Nemechek. "I am tired of talking about the what ifs. Weneed to settle down, stay focused andcomplete the mission."

Chicagoland'sq.5-milecookie-cutter trackcould be the prescription to cure Nemechek's troubles. It's the twin track to Kansas Speedway, where hewon his last race in 2004. It's also a track wherethe veteran driver has qualified inside the top 10 in six career starts. His best Chicagoland finish was eighth in 2004.

"No question, this is my type of track," offered Nemechek. "The banking is a little different from Kansas, but there are many similarities. We need to take advantage of this opportunity with a good result on Sunday."Entering this weekend's race -- which begins the second half of the 36-race Nextel Cup schedule -- Nemechek is 33rd in points.

"The points are tight and a few good runs up front willmake a big difference in the standings," explained Nemechek.

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Joe Nemechek