No Ordinary Joe; Nemechek Not Ready For a Rest HOMESTEAD, Fla. (Nov. 16, 2005) -- For many of the drivers, crew members and working personnel who have traveled the grueling NASCAR Nextel Cup circuit since testing began in January, this is a ...
No Ordinary Joe; Nemechek Not Ready For a Rest
HOMESTEAD, Fla. (Nov. 16, 2005) -- For many of the drivers, crew members and working personnel who have traveled the grueling NASCAR Nextel Cup circuit since testing began in January, this is a welcome time of the year. Except if you're Joe Nemechek, driver of the No. 01 U.S. Army Chevrolet.
"I never like to see the season end," said Nemechek prior to this weekend's season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway. "If it were up to me we would keep on racingright into a new season."
Say it ain't so Joe. It's time for a rest after nearly 40 consecutive seven-day work weeks.
"I always feel this way at the end of the season even though myfamily might feel differently," offered Nemechek. "I don't like to stop when I am enjoying something. I just want to keep on going."
Though Nemechek is not overly happy about taking a well-deserved break after this weekend, he is excited about returning to the Homestead-Miami track, where he has won three times in the Busch Series and has had one runner-up finish in the Cup Series.
"I've had some good results at the Homestead track, but have not won a Cup race there," explained Nemechek. "We always go into a race feeling that we can win. This weekend is no different. We had a good test session in Homestead a couple of weeks ago and I feel the Army team is overdue for something good to happen."
Nemechek enters Sunday's 400-mile event in 15th place in the Nextel Cup driver point standings. He has a nine-point lead over 16th-place Dale Jarrett and a 44-point lead over 17th-place Brian Vickers.
"It's a tight battle for the 15th spot and we just have to go out and do what we're capable of doing," said Nemechek. "This is a very competitive form of racing and a top-15 finish would be better than respectable. But right now, the main focus is to finish off the year with a strong performance and make the soldiers proud of their Army car. You always want to go into the off season feeling upbeatabout next year."