Nemechek Comes from Behind to Finish 15th at Pocono LONG POND, Pa. (June 10, 2007)-- Though Joe Nemechek knows the ultimate goal for his No. 13 Haier team is to be in Victory Lane, the Ginn Racing driver admits that he's satisfied...
Nemechek Comes from Behind to Finish 15th at Pocono
LONG POND, Pa. (June 10, 2007)-- Though Joe Nemechek knows the ultimate goal for his No. 13 Haier team is to be in Victory Lane, the Ginn Racing driver admits that he's satisfied with his 15th-place finish in Sunday's rain-shortened Pocono 500.
"Considering the circumstances surrounding today-- I'll take it," offered Nemechek. "We were terrible at the beginning of the race-- super, super tight. That, coupled with the rain-delay and the shortened race-- I'd say 15th isn't bad."
Nemechek started the Nextel Cup race 33rd but immediately fell back when the green flag waved. It was a lengthy pit stop on Lap 50 that turned things around for the Haier team.
"When I came in the pits on that stop I was running around 40th," said Nemechek. "Peter (Sospenzo, crew chief) made a great call and the team made some drastic changes to the car. That stop made the difference-- the Haier Chevy was 100 percent better."
"I was able to turn the car the way I've been looking for -- it was a feeling we've been searching for," continued Nemechek. "We really learned a lot today-- stuff we'll be able to use each week."
With an improved race car, Nemechek was able to slowly make his way toward the front. Those changes, along with the decision to stay out for track position during a Lap 63 caution, lifted Nemechek to 15th when NASCAR made the race official on Lap 106, 94 laps short of its scheduled length.
"I really think we could've picked up some more positions and turned in a top-10 finish had we gone the distance," said Nemechek. "But I have mixed feelings on it. Considering all we went through this weekend and then dodging the rain and squeezing in what we could of the race, I guess I'm okay with 15th."
"You're never striving for anything but a win," Nemechek added. "But with all we learned today, we'll take the finish and start looking forward to what we can do next week in Michigan."