Despite The Odds, Nemechek Ready To Attack Bristol BRISTOL, Tenn. (Aug. 23, 2006) -- If you're looking to break a jinx of being in the wrong place at the wrong time then Bristol Motor Speedway would be the last track on any racer's list, ...
Despite The Odds, Nemechek Ready To Attack Bristol
BRISTOL, Tenn. (Aug. 23, 2006) -- If you're looking to break a jinx of being in the wrong place at the wrong time then Bristol Motor Speedway would be the last track on any racer's list, including U.S. Army driver Joe Nemechek.
But unfortunately for Nemechek, who has had horrible luck the past month, Bristol's infamous half-mile bullring is the next stop on the NASCAR Nextel Cup circuit.
"I know what we've been through and know what we're up against in Bristol," said Nemechek. "But I don't care what has happened in the past. Regarding Saturday night's race...I like Bristol, one of my favorite tracks. Contrary to what many fans feel, it is possible to get through the race with a clean car. We did it last year by finishing 12th."
Though Nemechek doesn't like to dwell on the past or worry about the future, the facts still remain that Bristol Motor Speedway doesn't like Nemechek nearly as much as he likes the high-banked short track.
In three of the last four Bristol races, Nemechek's 01 Army Chevy was either wounded or demolished.
"This race is no different than the restrictor plate events at Daytona or Talladega," said Nemechek. "At those tracks you're at the mercy of all the other drivers. It's the same at Bristol. One little mistake can take out a bunch of cars. Been there and done that -- and it's no fun."
One of the worst accidents that Nemechek encountered in Bristol was two years ago at the Saturday night race when his Army machine violently hit the wall. The car was caved in so badly that the only thing salvageable was Nemechek's ear plugs, according to crew chief Ryan Pemberton.
"That one hurt...I remember limping out of there with a sore foot," recalled Nemechek. "It's a reminder that even though Bristol is a short track and your speeds aren't as fast, you can still do some serious damage there -- to both your body and the car."
Nemechek is coming off a streak of three races where he saw strong performances turn sour. He was hit during the second lap in Indianapolis (Aug. 6), collected in a seven-car melee in Watkins Glen (Aug. 13) and brushed the wall in Michigan (Aug. 20).
"Each of those races I felt we had a top 10 or better car," offered Nemechek. "But it didn't happen. Right now we need to make it happen and take advantage of when we have a strong running car. There are enough races remaining to salvage this season."
And none of the races, including Bristol, worry or scare Nemechek. "I like 'em all -- and the track that I am currently at is always my favorite."