Texas II: Joe Nemechek preview

Nemechek Taking the Big Mo to Texas FORT WORTH, Texas (Nov. 1, 2006) -- Maintaining the momentum is the foremost objective for Joe Nemechek as he heads into the final three Nextel Cup races of the season. Nemechek and the U.S. Army team have...

Nemechek Taking the Big Mo to Texas

FORT WORTH, Texas (Nov. 1, 2006) -- Maintaining the momentum is the foremost objective for Joe Nemechek as he heads into the final three Nextel Cup races of the season.

Nemechek and the U.S. Army team have seen a frustrating season take a positive turn with two top-10 and four top-20 finishes in the last four races.

"I wish this were the beginning of the season and not the end," Nemechek said after finishing ninth in Sunday's race at Atlanta Motor Speedway. "It's not about top 20s anymore, we know we're better than that."

Barring any malfunction or on-track misfortune, Nemechek feels his U.S. Army Chevrolet will be strong in this weekend's race -- the Dickies 500 at the 1.5-mile Texas Motor Speedway.

"At the last two 1.5-mile tracks -- Charlotte and Atlanta -- we finished ninth," noted Nemechek. "Everything is coming together and we're having fun. To be truthful, we were never that far off, but then again if you're off just a sliver then you're going to be running in the back of the pack. That's how far the technology has advanced with these cars."

Stuck in 30th place in the current standings, the 2006 season has tested Nemechek's and the 01 Army team's resolve. After all, this was the same team that finished 16th in driver points last year and was in contention for making the Chase heading into the final pre-Chase race in Richmond.

"No question, it has been a difficult year, but we all knew the talent was there and it was eventually going to turn around," said Nemechek. "It wasn't like this was a hopeless cause and we didn't look forward to the next race. In fact, it was completely the opposite. We couldn't wait for the next event, knowing that this could be the race that would get us on the right track. We always had the soldiers' creed of never giving up."

When it comes to Texas Motor Speedway, Nemechek has proved that he knows his way around the 1.5-mile oval. He won the Busch race there in 2003 and scored a fourth-place finish in the 1998 Cup race. He has also qualified in the top 10 in the four of the last five Texas races.

-credit: mb2m

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
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