Phoenix: Joe Nemechek race report

Nemechek, No. 13 Team Solid in 16th-Place Phoenix Result PHOENIX (April 21, 2007) -- Once again Joe Nemechek and the No. 13 Ginn Racing team fought back from adversity and the never-give-up formula resulted in a 16th-place finish Saturday night...

Nemechek, No. 13 Team Solid in 16th-Place Phoenix Result

PHOENIX (April 21, 2007) -- Once again Joe Nemechek and the No. 13 Ginn Racing team fought back from adversity and the never-give-up formula resulted in a 16th-place finish Saturday night at Phoenix International Raceway.

It was the fifth top-20 performance of the season for Nemechek, who gained two spots in the driver standings and now sits in 24th place.

"We fell off after a strong start to the season, but we're coming back and it feels good," said Nemechek. "We missed the race in Bristol and that hurt us in the standings. But we're now picking away at the points and heading in the right direction with consistent runs. We're going to get better, I can feel it."

Driving the Pinnacle Las Vegas Chevrolet, Nemechek started the 312-lap race from the 16th position. Though he had some handling issues early with his No. 13 machine, Nemechek was still keeping pace on the one-mile oval.

But on Lap 41 as he slammed on the brakes to avoid spinning cars in front of him, Nemechek flat spotted the tires and was forced to make an unscheduled pit stop. The incident sent him all the way back to 40th place.

"I locked up the brakes and wasn't 100 percent sure if we needed new tires or not," noted Nemechek. "I hated to lose the track position, but it's better to be safe than sorry, especially early in the race."

Nemechek eventually found his way back to the top-20 as he patiently marched forward in the Pinnacle Chevy. He was one of 19 drivers who finished on the lead lap.

"It feels good to make a comeback like we did tonight," said crew chief Peter Sospenzo. "Joe drove a smart race and the pit crew did a good job. We can be better, but we need to have a clean race to get the job done."

The next opportunity for Nemechek and the No. 13 team will be Sunday (April 29) in the Aaron's 499 at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway.

-credit: gr

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Drivers Joe Nemechek