The Nextel: Joe Nemechek race report

Nemechek Vents Frustration Following Multi-Car Accident CONCORD, N.C. (May 22, 2004) -- After he got collected in a 12-car melee early in Saturday night's NASCAR NEXTEL All-Star Challenge, an irate and frustrated Joe Nemechek said, "Somebody...

Nemechek Vents Frustration Following Multi-Car Accident

CONCORD, N.C. (May 22, 2004) -- After he got collected in a 12-car melee early in Saturday night's NASCAR NEXTEL All-Star Challenge, an irate and frustrated Joe Nemechek said, "Somebody wasn't using his head."

The U.S. Army driver made it quite clear in post-accident interviews that the Lap 11 incident at Lowe's Motor Speedway was uncalled for.

"You just don't wreck on the straightaway," said Nemechek. "This is an all-star event and you're supposed to have some fun. Instead, somebody out there wasn't thinking and caused a lot of unnecessary damage to a number of racecars. I don't understand it."

Nemechek was not injured in the accident, but his wrecked U.S. Army/USG Chevrolet was beyond immediate repair and was forced to retire from the non-points race.

"We got caught up in this mess and there was no way to avoid it," said Nemechek, who was credited with a 23rd-place finish. "I'm frustrated and the team is equally frustrated. I really feel sorry for the crew and everyone affiliated with this team. We're a lot better than the results have recently shown."

The next attempt to break the jinx for the Army team will be Sunday (May 30) -- the Coca-Cola 600 -- also at Lowe's Motor Speedway. Qualifying for the 600 is scheduled for Thursday evening.

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Drivers Joe Nemechek