NEMECHEK RECOVERS FROM SPINOUT TO FINISH 13TH IN LAS VEGAS LAS VEGAS (March 12, 2006) -- Despite a major spinout that sent the U.S. Army Chevrolet twirling on the infield grass, Joe Nemechek rebounded to bring home a 13th-place finish in...
NEMECHEK RECOVERS FROM SPINOUT TO FINISH 13TH IN LAS VEGAS
LAS VEGAS (March 12, 2006) -- Despite a major spinout that sent the U.S. Army Chevrolet twirling on the infield grass, Joe Nemechek rebounded to bring home a 13th-place finish in Sunday's NASCAR Nextel Cup race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
While running in 13th position and heading to the front, Nemechek lost control of the 01 car on Lap 105 of 267 as he was exiting Turn 4 on the 1.5-mile oval.
"Not much to say except the Army Chevy was a little loose and I lost it after trying real hard to pass the No. 11 car (Denny Hamlin)," said Nemechek. "Fortunately our car didn't suffer any damage, but the incident did drop us to the rear of the field."
The spinout brought out the yellow and sent Nemechek back to 26th place.
"I was looking to get back to the front on the next (green-flag) run, but the car got loose -- it was a struggle just to maintain our position," offered Nemechek.
The Army of One crew, led by crew chief Ryan Pemberton, kept on making adjustments and eventually found a good balance as the race was winding down.
"I thought we had an easy top-10 car, but once we got behind we had to pass a lot of cars and that's difficult to do here," explained Nemechek. "But we did manage to recover and I am proud about that."
A key moment for the Army team came with three laps remaining while Nemechek was running in 15th-place. Pemberton elected not to pit to get fresh rubber for the green-white checkered restart and the decision paid off as Nemechek picked up two spots in the closing two laps.
"That was a good call by Ryan," said Nemechek. "And overall, it wasn't a bad result today. We had two bad-luck runs coming into this race and needed to get some points, which we did. Again, the Army Chevy was strong, it responded to changes and right now everything is looking really good for our team."
Nemechek gained eight spots in the Nextel Cup driver point standings and is currently 24th after three of the 36-race schedule.
Next up for the Army team will be the 500-mile race Sunday (March 19) at Atlanta Motor Speedway.