Misfortunes Stymie Nemechek's Performance in Pocono LONG POND, Pa. (June 11, 2006) -- Though Joe Nemechek brought the U.S. Army Chevrolet home in one piece, he didn't get the result he was looking for in Sunday's Pocono 500 Nextel Cup ...
Misfortunes Stymie Nemechek's Performance in Pocono
LONG POND, Pa. (June 11, 2006) -- Though Joe Nemechek brought the U.S. Army Chevrolet home in one piece, he didn't get the result he was looking for in Sunday's Pocono 500 Nextel Cup race.
Nemechek posted a 29th-place finish as he wrestled with handling problems during the 200-lap race at Pocono Raceway.
"We just didn't have the consistency," said Nemechek. "We had a couple of good (green-flag) runs, but then the car got loose. And to make matters worse, we had a brake issue to contend with as did a number of other teams. At times I would have to really pump the brakes to get them hard. Overall, we were disappointed that we didn't give our brave soldiers a better performance on the Army's 231st birthday."
Nemechek, who started 21st, was running in 12th position when the race was restarted on Lap 72. However, he wasn't able to maintain or gain track position. Instead, he dropped back in the field. And to make matters worse as he was stretching out a green-flag run hoping for a caution, he ran out of gas on Lap 139 and coasted into the pits.
"NASCAR was talking about debris on the track and we took a gamble that a caution would come out," offered crew chief Ryan Pemberton. "The yellow flag did fly a few laps later -- luck just wasn't on our side."
Nemechek and the U.S. Army team are looking to change around their misfortunes next week at Michigan International Speedway where the 01 car posted two top-10 finishes last year.