Homestead: Joe Nemechek race report

HOMESTEAD, Fla. (Nov. 16, 2003) -- Joe Nemechek fought back from a late-race spin to post a 17th-place finish in the Ford 400 -- the final race of the 2003 NASCAR Winston Cup season. Nemechek, who started eighth, was running in the top 15 for...

HOMESTEAD, Fla. (Nov. 16, 2003) -- Joe Nemechek fought back from a late-race spin to post a 17th-place finish in the Ford 400 -- the final race of the 2003 NASCAR Winston Cup season.

Nemechek, who started eighth, was running in the top 15 for the majority of the 267-lap race at Homestead-Miami Speedway. But on lap 208 he got spun out with ahit from behind coming out of Turn 4. Though Nemechek did an excellent job in saving the Army Pontiac from being damaged, he fell back to 21st-place.

"That was a brilliant driving job by Joe," said crew chief Ryan Pemberton. "By keeping the car from being hit again, it allowed us to stay on the lead lap and in position to have a respectable finish.

"The bright side to today's effort is that we're heading into the 2004 season with optimism. The past four races with Joe have given us a solid foundation to build on."

Nemechek concurred with his crew chief about the future of the U.S. Army/MB2 race team.

"We wanted a better finish today, but that spin hurt us from making a late-race charge," said Nemechek. "But looking at the big picture, I am leaving this race track with nothing but positive vibes about being a part of the Army team.

"In four short weeks, we've come a long way in getting ready for 2004. We've established a good line of communications and that is so important in the development of a good race team. I've said it many times and I will say it again -- there's a lot of potential on this team and I am excited to be a part of it."

In the four races Nemechek drove the U.S. Army car, he qualified in the top 10 four times and posted two top-20 finishes, including a 10th-place result in Atlanta.

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Drivers Joe Nemechek