Chicagoland Configuration is Good News For Nemechek JOLIET, Ill. (July 5, 2006) --From one style of track to another is always a welcome change to Joe Nemechek,who feels the variety of configurations bring out the fun in Nextel Cup...
Chicagoland Configuration is Good News For Nemechek
JOLIET, Ill. (July 5, 2006) --From one style of track to another is always a welcome change to Joe Nemechek,who feels the variety of configurations bring out the fun in Nextel Cup racing.
With NASCAR's premier series headed to the 1.5-mile medium-banked oval at Chicagoland Speedway for Sunday's USG SHEETROCK 400, it will mark the third different track style in as many weeks.Two weeks ago, the Cup series competed on a road course in Sonoma, Calif., followed by a high-banked superspeedway circuit at Daytona International Speedway.
"It definitely spices up the fun of competing week in and week out," said Nemechek about NASCAR's different track configurations. "The variety of tracks challenges you both mentally and physically. You don't become a robotic racer,which is obviously a good thing."
When asked what configuration he likes best, Nemechek is always quick to respond, "The track I am currently at."
That's good news for Nemechek and the 01 U.S. Army team.
Nemechek's 01 Chevrolet had strong performances at the past two Chicagoland races -- finishing eighth in 2004 and overcoming aerodynamic damage for a 15th-place showing last year.
"We had a great car at Chicago last year, running in the top five until the flying brake rotor off of Carl Edwards' car landed on the Army Chevy," recalled Nemechek. "We were severely handicapped from that point, but made a pretty good comeback to finish 15th."
Nemechek is looking for similar success at this weekend's event -- which marks the halfway point of the 36-race schedule.
"We're bringing the same car we had in Michigan a few weeks ago," said Nemechek. "We qualified seventh in that car and weren't too bad in the race. The finish (26th) doesn't tell the whole story since we got caught up in a bad position when the race was called for rain (Lap 129 of 200). The car was definitely better than 26th."
Another reason Nemechek has a good feeling about the Chicagoland configuration is that it's basically a twin track to Kansas Speedway where he captured both the Busch and Cup victories during the 2004 race weekend in Kansas City, Kan.
"Kansas and Chicago are very similar and that is fine with me," said Nemechek. "We have some good data to go on and hopefully that will give us the needed edge this weekend to have a strong performance. We keep on thinking of our soldiers who are fighting for our freedom. They never quit and are always looking to make things better. We share in the same philosophy."