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NEMECHEK STRONG IN OPENING DAY OF TESTING DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Jan. 16, 2006) -- Joe Nemechek opened the three-day test session Monday at Daytona International Speedway with the fourth fastest speed on the historic 2.5-mile oval. Thirty-four...

NEMECHEK STRONG IN OPENING DAY OF TESTING

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Jan. 16, 2006) -- Joe Nemechek opened the three-day test session Monday at Daytona International Speedway with the fourth fastest speed on the historic 2.5-mile oval.

Thirty-four Nextel Cup teams and 60 cars are taking part in this week's test session for the Feb. 19 Daytona 500.

Nemechek's 01 U.S. Army Chevrolet recorded its fastest lap during the afternoon session with a time and speed of 48.282 seconds at 186.405 miles per hour. The fastest lap of the day was posted by Nemechek's MB2 Motorsports teammate Sterling Marlin, who was clocked at 48.100 at 187.110 in the No. 14 Waste Management Chevrolet.

"We were massaging the Army cars in the morning session and began to let it rip later in the day," said Nemechek. "But as soon as we started to make some strong runs, the wind picked up and slowed everything down."

Nemechek's second car was seventh fastest with a speed of 186.177 miles per hour.

"I feel we're in great shape after the first day of testing," explained Nemechek. "All of the MB2 cars are within a few tenths of each other. That's a tribute to the guys back at the shop. Having Sterling and Bill Elliott as teammates for Daytona is going to make this race a lot of fun."

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Drivers Joe Nemechek , Sterling Marlin