BLOWN TIRE SPOILS NEMECHEK'S DAY AT INDY INDIANAPOLIS (Aug. 7, 2005) -- Joe Nemechek saw another strong performance fade as he finished an undeserving 28th in Sunday's running of the Allstate 400 at the Brickyard. Nemechek's U.S. Army...
BLOWN TIRE SPOILS NEMECHEK'S DAY AT INDY
INDIANAPOLIS (Aug. 7, 2005) -- Joe Nemechek saw another strong performance fade as he finished an undeserving 28th in Sunday's running of the Allstate 400 at the Brickyard.
Nemechek's U.S. Army Chevrolet was one of the top running cars in the early going at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, but his day was quickly ruined when the left-front tire blew on Lap 58 of 160. The tire incident, which sent Nemechek from eighth to 41st in track position, was so severe that it tore off the left-front fender of the 01 car.
The Army of One crew did yeoman's work during the caution and ensuing cautions to replace the fender without Nemechek losing a lap. But the Army Chevy was aerodynamically handicapped and struggled to gain back the track position.
"We just don't know what to say anymore," said Nemechek. "This is the fifth straight race that we had a top-10 or top-five car and could not get the finishing result. It's not like we're doing something wrong -- what's happening are things out of our control. We have a very talented team and eventually the breaks will go our way. Until then, we just have to suck it up and fight our way through it."
It appeared near the end of the 400-mile race Nemechek was going to salvage a decent finish when he didn't pit during a caution on Lap 145. He jumped to 12th place but a steering problem sent him to the back within one lap.
"I couldn't turn the car -- it got sideways at the end," explained Nemechek. "We had problems with the shifter and then the steering became an issue. It was one thing after another -- a very frustrating day."
As Nemechek was leaving the historic track he did pause for a moment and said, "I have a gut feeling about next week (at Watkins Glen, N.Y.) -- the luck is going to turn in our favor."
And speaking of next Sunday at Watkins Glen -- it will be the second and final Nextel Cup road race of the season.