Darlington: Joe Nemechek race report

Nemechek Finishes 20TH In Darlington DARLINGTON, S.C. (March 21, 2004) -- Despite a 34th-place starting position and later making contact with the wall that sent the 01 Chevrolet back to the rear of the field, Joe Nemechek and the U.S.

Nemechek Finishes 20TH In Darlington

DARLINGTON, S.C. (March 21, 2004) -- Despite a 34th-place starting position and later making contact with the wall that sent the 01 Chevrolet back to the rear of the field, Joe Nemechek and the U.S. Army team managed to pull it together to finish 20th in Sunday's NASCAR NEXTEL Cup race.

Once the green flag dropped at Darlington Raceway, Nemechek hustled his way through the field and had the U.S. Army/USG machine running 23rd before he scraped the wall on lap 90 as he was fighting a tight-handling racecar.

Nemechek continued to drive the injured racecar and by the time he came in for the next round of pit stops (lap 122), he was one lap down and fell back to 35th place.

After the Army of One crew repaired the front-end damage during the scheduled pit stop, Nemechek once again started to bolt his way through the field.

"We're making hard work out of this business," said Nemechek. "The last couple of weeks we've missed the setup at the start and it has come back to bite us. If you miss it (setup) a little bit, it's going to get you and it eventually did when I clipped the wall. This track is narrow and there is no room for error.

"Even though we were gaining positions in the beginning, the car was real tight. But as the race went on, Ryan (crew chief Ryan Pemberton) made a number of good calls and the car was pretty decent at the end. We might have salvaged a respectable result, but finishing 20th is not acceptable to me nor is it acceptable to any member of the Army team."

After five races, Nemechek is 14th in the NEXTEL Cup driver point standings.

The next stop for the U.S. Army team will be Sunday (March 28) 0x2022 the Food City 500 at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway.

-mbrm-

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Joe Nemechek