Daytona Duels: Joe Nemechek race report

ENGINE FAILURE SPOILS STRONG RUN FOR ARMY CAR DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Feb. 16, 2006) -- Joe Nemechek saw a solid run spoiled when his engine expired on Lap 26 of 60 in Thursday's second Gatorade Duel 150-mile qualifying race at Daytona...

ENGINE FAILURE SPOILS STRONG RUN FOR ARMY CAR

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Feb. 16, 2006) -- Joe Nemechek saw a solid run spoiled when his engine expired on Lap 26 of 60 in Thursday's second Gatorade Duel 150-mile qualifying race at Daytona International Speedway.

The U.S. Army driver was running in fourth place and catching the leaders when the motor broke between Turns 1 & 2 on the 2.5-mile tri-oval.

"I didn't have any warning, it (the engine) just let go," explained Nemechek. "It was very unfortunate because the Army Chevy was stout."

Nemechek was credited with a 29th-place finish, and according to NASCAR's qualifying formula, he will start 38th for Sunday's Daytona 500, the official season opener of the 2006 NASCAR Nextel Cup Series.

"We'll put our 500 motor in this car and we're going right to the front on Sunday," said Nemechek in post-race interviews. "This was the best the Army car drafted all week and I am really excited about the Daytona 500. We have a car that can do something special."

Regarding his starting spot, Nemechek said, "It doesn't matter where you start for the 500. I just hope we get a decent pit stall. That is the tough thing, If you get boxed in between a couple of good cars, your pit stalls mess you up all day long and you can't overcome it."

Sunday's Daytona 500 will be televised on NBC, beginning with a prerace show at 1:30 p.m. ET.

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Drivers Joe Nemechek