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Curbing His Enthusiasm is Nemechek's First Priority at Indy INDIANAPOLIS (Aug. 1, 2006) -- Joe Nemechek is stressing patience and calm as the Nextel Cup Series readies for Indianapolis Motor Speedway and Sunday's running of the Allstate 400 at...

Curbing His Enthusiasm is Nemechek's First Priority at Indy

INDIANAPOLIS (Aug. 1, 2006) -- Joe Nemechek is stressing patience and calm as the Nextel Cup Series readies for Indianapolis Motor Speedway and Sunday's running of the Allstate 400 at the Brickyard.

But being patient and calm heading into one of the world's most prestigious automobile races will take some self restraint on Nemechek's end. The U.S. Army driver admits he's a little more antsy than usual because of recent events which have transpired with the 01 team.

"I really feel that we're close to having a major turnaround," said Nemechek. "The performances at the past two races (New Hampshire and Pocono) prove that we're working ourselves out of a slump. And last week's announcement that Bobby Ginn purchased MB2 Motorsports has raised the excitement level a few more notches. It's all good -- we just need to be calm and make it happen. Too much enthusiasm is not always good."

Nemechek knows the Allstate 400 at the Brickyard presents a golden opportunity to let the masses know that his Army team is primed for a successful second half of the season.

"As soon as you come through the tunnel at Indianapolis Motor Speedway and see the museum and then the massive facility, the chills start to run up and down your spine," explained Nemechek, who has raced in all 12 Cup races at the historic 2.5-mile oval.

"It's hard to remain cool and tell yourself that this is just another race when you're at the most famous racing venue in the world," added Nemechek. "I can't think of a better place right now to have a coming out party for the 01 Army team. Kissing the bricks is every team's dream."

The closest Nemechek has come to being included in Indianapolis Motor Speedway history was when he almost captured the pole at the 1997 Cup race.

Nemechek, who was racing for Felix Sabates at the time, took the outside pole for the 1997 race. Ironically, the pole winner was Ernie Irvan, who drove for Nemechek's current team, MB2 Motorsports.

"This is a special race and you want to do something special," offered Nemechek. "I am not conceding anything. This Army team is capable. We'll be aggressive about going after the pole on Saturday and then the win on Sunday. We're like our soldiers - we're 100 percent committed to completing the mission."

While Nemechek is pumped about the future of his Army team, he does admit that it has been a disappointing year.

"We got behind early and got sucked up in a slump," noted Nemechek. "It wasn't from a lack of effort -- we worked harder than ever and always remained positive. At New Hampshire a few weeks ago we started to see a big change in our performance. We ran in the top 10 all day until we got collected in an accident. We are looking to get back in sync and challenging week in and week out."

-mb2m

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Ernie Irvan , Joe Nemechek , Felix Sabates