Michigan: Joe Nemechek race report

NEMECHEK FINISHES 26TH IN RAIN-SHORTENED MICHIGAN RACE BROOKLYN, Mich. (June 18, 2006) -- No matter what adjustments were made to the U.S. Army Chevrolet during Sunday's rain-shortened 3M Performance 400, nothing seemed to click...

NEMECHEK FINISHES 26TH IN RAIN-SHORTENED MICHIGAN RACE

BROOKLYN, Mich. (June 18, 2006) -- No matter what adjustments were made to the U.S. Army Chevrolet during Sunday's rain-shortened 3M Performance 400, nothing seemed to click and the end result for Joe Nemechek was a 26th-place finish at Michigan International Speedway.

"I didn't think we started off very badly," said Nemechek. "We passed a few cars early, but then the Army Chevy started to get tight. We fought a loose condition in practice yesterday, so we made a few adjustments to tightened the car up and then we struggled in the race. We did work on the car throughout the race, but couldn't find the right balance."

To make matters worse for the 01 team, Nemechek was tagged by the No. 66 car of Jeff Green while both were trying to avoid spinning cars on Lap 31 of 129. The spin caused damage to the right-rear of Nemechek's black and gold Chevy.

"We hurt the right rear of the car when we got spun-out trying to avoid an accident, but fortunately we didn't lose a lap," explained Nemechek. "I wish the rain had stayed away and we could've worked to make things better. I think we could've made some gains and had a better finish."

Sunday's NASCAR Nextel Cup race was originally scheduled to be 200-laps and 400-miles but rain threatened the event all afternoon. The caution flag was thrown for rain three times during the competition, the last on Lap 129 when the race was eventually called for weather.

"This wasn't a great showing by the U.S. Army team," said Nemechek, who started the race from the seventh position. "But it wasn't all bad either. I think we made some gains in qualifying trim and learned a lot for the future."

"We had a good road course test a couple of weeks ago, so I'm ready for next week's race," he continued. "We've run well at Sonoma in the past so we're looking forward to it-- we need something to get our season turned around."

Nemechek is referring to next weekend's road race at Infineon Raceway. The event will be broadcast live on FOX at 3 p.m. ET, Noon PT.

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Drivers Joe Nemechek , Jeff Green