Daytona Shootout: Joe Nemechek race report

Nemechek Finishes Ninth in Bud Shootout DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Feb. 12, 2006) -- Joe Nemechek finished ninth in Sunday's Budweiser Shootout at Daytona International Speedway. "That was one of the most exciting races I've been a part of in...

Nemechek Finishes Ninth in Bud Shootout

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Feb. 12, 2006) -- Joe Nemechek finished ninth in Sunday's Budweiser Shootout at Daytona International Speedway.

"That was one of the most exciting races I've been a part of in a long time," said the U.S. Army Chevrolet driver. "The drivers were being smart about what they were doing, but smoke was still flying and people were still running into each other. It was an exciting race."

Nemechek started the 70-lap, 175-mile invitational event from the fourth position and consistently remained in the top 10 throughout the afternoon before a Lap 48 pit stop caused the Army team problems.

"We were a part of the first big group of cars to pit," explained Nemechek. "I got stuck on the outside of Mark Martin coming onto pit lane. The rules say you have to enter pit road single file and at the last minute I had to lock the brakes down just to get in line. When I did it, the right front tire blew out and that caused more problems on our pit stop.

"We got way behind after that, but at the end we got a good run going and picked up some spots. It was definitely a wild night -- there aren't any points on the line and everyone's taking chances. It was a good time and we'll take it. Now it's time to turn our focus to the Gatorade duels and getting up front for the Daytona 500."

Nemechek will start sixth in the second Gatorade qualifying race on Thursday (TNT, 2 p.m. ET). Except for the front row, the twin 150-mile qualifying races will determine the starting lineup for Sunday's Daytona 500. The front row (Jeff Burton and Jeff Gordon) was locked in earlier today in Pole Day qualifying.

-mb2m

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Jeff Burton , Jeff Gordon , Joe Nemechek , Mark Martin