Michigan: Joe Nemechek race report

Second-Half Woes Leave Nemechek with 30th-Place Finish in Michigan BROOKLYN, Mich. (June 17, 2007) -- Sunday's race at Michigan International Speedway was a race of two acts for Joe Nemechek. But unfortunately for the Haier Chevrolet driver,...

Second-Half Woes Leave Nemechek with 30th-Place Finish in Michigan

BROOKLYN, Mich. (June 17, 2007) -- Sunday's race at Michigan International Speedway was a race of two acts for Joe Nemechek. But unfortunately for the Haier Chevrolet driver, it was the second act that did him in at the two-mile oval, leaving him with a 30th-place result.

Nemechek started fifth and ran solidly in the top 15 for the first 50 laps. But a pit road miscue on Lap 51 of 200 sent him to 29th place. Nemechek got back in the top 15 after missing a major wreck on Lap 75.

Nemechek could not hold the track position due to an unlucky break when he made a pit stop under green flag conditions. A few laps after his stop, a caution came out, benefiting a number of cars that had not yet pitted. The unlucky pit timing resulted in another reverse of track position for Nemechek and also put him a lap down.

"The car just got bad loose," said Nemechek. "It was slipping and sliding out there and I did everything I could to keep from wrecking. We had a pretty good start. I felt this was going to be our day because of how strong the Haier Chevy was performing during the first part of the race."

"We still don't understand why the car made such a sudden change," added Nemechek. "We'll get it figured out and get ready for next week."

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