Unfortunate Penalty Lands Nemechek 28th Place Finish in John Deere 250 at Talladega Superspeedway Talladega, AL (October 8, 2006) -- The inaugural NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series (NCTS) race at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway Saturday proved to be...
Unfortunate Penalty Lands Nemechek 28th Place Finish in John Deere 250 at Talladega Superspeedway
Talladega, AL (October 8, 2006) -- The inaugural NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series (NCTS) race at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway Saturday proved to be one for the record books after a wild fight to the finish. Joe Nemechek and his No. 46 U.S. Army Silverado team were going to be a foiled their opportunity.
It was the NCTS first-ever visit to the famed superspeedway, but Nemechek is far from a rookie at the 2.66-mile track. After qualifying 23rd in the 36-truck field, Nemechek used his extensive drafting skills and experience to work his way through the pack. His Eric Phillips-led Morgan-Dollar Motorsports crew busted off a lightning-fast pit stop to give their driver a boost in track position in the race off pit road.
By lap 54, the No. 46 Silverado sat eleventh place in the lead draft. When the caution flag flew on lap 57, Nemechek entered the pits, taking only fuel. After restarting in the sixth position, he remained in the top group of trucks, and was fighting tooth and nail for real estate at the monstrous superspeedway.
On lap 78 of the 94-lap race, Nemechek reported to the crew that the rear spoiler had started flapping around. NASCAR became concerned that the part would snap and blow off the No. 46 Silverado so they displayed the black flag to bring the U.S. Army truck to pit road for repairs. Fortunately the caution flew on lap 81 and the crew was prepared to make the repairs in record time, but despite their best efforts, Nemechek went a lap-down to the leaders.
"The U.S. Army truck was good," said Nemechek. "I ran out of a little luck there with the spoiler cracking, and it started vibrating pretty bad and NASCAR is looking at it, so in their eyes, it was the right thing to do. But, there were a couple of others out there that were flapping pretty bad. It is just incredible the amount of disturbance that goes on with the air, either on the windshields, the spoiler, the hood, I mean it is just incredible. The trucks are just boxier. I had a blast driving the truck, and it is just a lot of fun to drive those things. Everyone used their heads pretty good, and nothing really crazy was going on. I am looking forward to running a couple of more races this year, and I am looking forward to going to some of these tracks that you have to control the gas to make the truck go fast. It was fun, and I have to thank the whole crew, this deal came together pretty quick, and I had a ton of fun."
The next event on the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series schedule is on October 21, 2006 at the Martinsville Speedway. The first practice is scheduled for 9:00 a.m. EST on Friday, October 20th followed by the one-hour final practice at approximately 10:55 a.m. EST. Qualifying will be held at 5:00 p.m. EST on Friday, October 20th and the trucks will be impounded until the scheduled race start on Saturday, October 21st, at 1:05 p.m. EST.