NEMECHEK'S GOAL IS TO HAVE FINISH EQUAL PERFORMANCE WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. (Aug. 10, 2005) -- All Joe Nemechek wants for this weekend's road race at Watkins Glen International is a finish that parallels his performance in the No. 01 U.S. Army ...
NEMECHEK'S GOAL IS TO HAVE FINISH EQUAL PERFORMANCE
WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. (Aug. 10, 2005) -- All Joe Nemechek wants for this weekend's road race at Watkins Glen International is a finish that parallels his performance in the No. 01 U.S. Army Chevrolet.
The performances and finishes have not gone hand-in-hand in recent Nextel Cup races for Nemechek.He had a front-running car in each of the last six events, but could only muster a 20.16 finishing average.
"We had easy top-five and top-10 cars in the last six races," offered Nemechek. "But something out of our control shoved us to the back with finishes that I truly believe do not reflect how strongly the U.S. Army Chevy has performed."
After posting back-to-back finishes of third and sixth at the June races in Pocono and Michigan, it appeared Nemechek was starting a streak, similar to the final 10 races last year when he enjoyed one of the best records during the season's homestretch.
But in each of the six Cup events that followed Michigan, Nemechek ran with the leaders until some quirk halted his momentum.
In Sonoma (June 6), he was in sixth place until getting caught on the wrong end of the pit cycle. The following week in Daytona, he was running third when he got clipped by Michael Waltrip's spinning car.
The next four races -- Chicago, New Hampshire, Pocono and Indy were pretty much the same with Nemechek running up front for a good portion of the race until a misfortune struck.
"It hurts just to think about how many points we gave away in those six races," said Nemechek. "Though the results are hard to accept, we know that we have the talent of being a serious challenger. Once the breaks come our way, this Army team is going to be tough. It will happen. It's just a matter of time."
Following last week's disappointment in Indianapolis, Nemechek said he had a gut feeling that Watkins Glen will be the race to snap the bad-luck streak.
"We're way overdue on a road course," said Nemechek. "The last three road races we had one of the better cars. Last year at Sonoma and Watkins Glen we were in the top five until the transmission broke in each race."
Nemechek was not giving himself enough credit, especially about last year's event at The Glen where he ran as high as second.
"I really enjoy the road courses," said Nemechek, who has three career eighth-place finishes at Watkins Glen. Give us a clean race, we'll respond with a strong finish. It's as simple as that for the 01 Army team."