Texas: Joe Nemechek preview

RESULTS DON'T SHELVE NEMECHEK'S ENTHUSIASM FORT WORTH, Texas (April 4, 2006) -- Though the first six races haven't produced the ideal results for Joe Nemechek in the Nextel Cup Series,he continues to maintain a high level of enthusiasm about...

RESULTS DON'T SHELVE NEMECHEK'S ENTHUSIASM

FORT WORTH, Texas (April 4, 2006) -- Though the first six races haven't produced the ideal results for Joe Nemechek in the Nextel Cup Series,he continues to maintain a high level of enthusiasm about his 01 U.S. Army team.

"I am part of a very talented team and that's why I go into every race feeling that this could be the weekend that we will pull out a win," said Nemechek, whose best finish in 2006 has been 13th at Las Vegas. "Trouble seems to find us.But if we can have a clean race in Texas, I am confident the Army Chevy will be part of the lead pack of cars."

Nemechek likes the 1.5-mile Texas track. He's won a Busch race there (2003) and has contended for victories in the Cup series.

"I am comfortable at the Texas track -- I've had good runs there in the past," said Nemechek, who will be competing in this weekend's Samsung/RadioShack 500 NASCAR Nextel Cup event.

Nemechek scored a fourth-place finish at the 1998 Texas Cup race and led 33 laps in 2004 before a spark plug issue knocked him out of the lead. In qualifying at Texas, Nemechek has been strong -- he has started in the top 10 at the last four Cup races, including a starting position of fourth in November.

"We need to put it together and get on a streak," said Nemechek. "But whatever happens you can be assured that we will follow the soldiers' creed of never giving up."

Tenacity has not been an issue with Nemechek and the U.S. Army team. Heading into the Texas race, Nemechek has the longest active streak of finishing races. Starting with the Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway event in March of 2005, he has been running at the finish in 38 consecutive races.

"I feel the streak says plenty about the group of people I work with," said Nemechek. "In the past year, we've had some banged up cars, but if the damage is salvageable, you know we'll get it temporarily fixed and be back on the track."

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Joe Nemechek