Watkins Glen: Joe Nemechek race report

NEMECHEK CLAIMS TOP-10 FINISH IN WATKINS GLEN WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. (Aug. 14, 2005) -- Joe Nemechek had a solid performance Sunday, posting a ninth-place finish at Watkins Glen International. The result was the U.S. Army driver's fourth top-10 ...

NEMECHEK CLAIMS TOP-10 FINISH IN WATKINS GLEN

WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. (Aug. 14, 2005) -- Joe Nemechek had a solid performance Sunday, posting a ninth-place finish at Watkins Glen International.

The result was the U.S. Army driver's fourth top-10 finish at Watkins Glen. He had three previous eighth-place finishes on the 2.45-mile road course.

"Everything was right today," said Nemechek. "We got behind early, but the Army Chevy was so good that we were able to fight our way back to the front. We were looking for a better finish, but considering all of the bad luck we've had recently it feels good to come away with a top-10 result."

Nemechek did have one tense moment and that came late in the race when he nearly lost control of his car after trying to pass Mark Martin.

"I got too high, hit the grass and was sliding around," explained Nemechek. "I came close to losing it, but fortunately I was able to save it and get back on track."

The top-10 result was a morale booster for the Army team after suffering one misfortune after another in the last six races.

"As I keep on saying we're like our soldiers -- we will never allow adversity to get us down -- we keep on coming back," said Nemechek. "We know we're a front-running team and this could be the lift we needed to get us on a positive streak."

The next Nextel Cup race will be Sunday at Michigan International Speedway where Nemechek finished sixth in June.

"Michigan has always been a good track for us and hopefully it will continue being that come next Sunday," offered Nemechek, who remains 17th in the driver standings, 44 points shy of the top 15.

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Drivers Joe Nemechek , Mark Martin