Indianapolis: Joe Nemechek race report

Second Lap Incident Handicaps Nemechek in Indianapolis SPEEDWAY, Ind. (Aug. 6, 2006) -- Sunday's Allstate 400 at the Brickyard wasn't two laps old when trouble found Joe Nemechek at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. "I just radioed Ryan (crew...

Second Lap Incident Handicaps Nemechek in Indianapolis

SPEEDWAY, Ind. (Aug. 6, 2006) -- Sunday's Allstate 400 at the Brickyard wasn't two laps old when trouble found Joe Nemechek at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

"I just radioed Ryan (crew chief, Pemberton) to tell him the car was awesome and then the No. 1 car (Martin Truex) left-reared me and got me sideways," said Nemechek. "I brushed the wall as I was trying to save the Army Chevy from getting out of control. Unfortunately we suffered damage to the left rear quarter panel and that hurt us for the rest of the race."

After the incident, Nemechek made an unscheduled pit stop to repair the damage and fell back to 43rd place. He fought back to finish 24th in the 400-mile event at the fabled 2.5-mile oval.

"When we had sub-par runs nothing seemed to happen to us," noted Nemechek. "Now that we are making performance gains we can't avoid trouble. It's unfortunate because the last three or four race we have been much better but can't get the finishes to go along with the performances. We will continue to persevere just like our soldiers do every day."

One of the reasons Nemechek was able to battle from the back to the middle of the pack was the quick pit stops by the Army pit crew.

"The over-the-wall guys have been on top of it all year," said Pemberton. "They were sharp again today and that helped us gain track position."

Nemechek and the Army team will be in Watkins Glen, N.Y. next weekend for the second and final road race of the season -- the AMD at the Glen.

-mb2m

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