DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (June 29, 2004) - Joe Nemechek said his U.S. Army car is beefed up and ready to do some serious pushing for Saturday night's Pepsi 400 here at Daytona International Speedway. A veteran of superspeedway events, Nemechek...
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (June 29, 2004) - Joe Nemechek said his U.S. Army car is beefed up and ready to do some serious pushing for Saturday night's Pepsi 400 here at Daytona International Speedway.
A veteran of superspeedway events, Nemechek feels he has a good grasp on the intricacies of working the draft in a restrictor-plate race.
"I'm looking forward to getting back to Daytona," said Nemechek. "We're bringing the same car that we finished sixth in the Daytona 500. The only difference in the car is that we now have a bulldozer front-end on it. It has plenty of steel tubing so I can run into the back of cars and give them a big push without smashing in my nosepiece. I am ready. I love racing on the big tracks."
Whether it has been on a long track, mid-size track, short track or road course, the one common denominator is the U.S. Army/USG Chevrolet has run strong on each type of race circuit.
"We've been really good at every different kind of racetrack," said Nemechek. "I know we haven't capitalized on all of our finishes, but we've had stuff jump up and bite us."
At Daytona this year, Nemechek and the U.S. Army team has had pretty much smooth sailing on the famed 2.5-mile oval ever since the January test session.
"We were strong in preseason testing and strong in the (Daytona) 500 practices, qualifying and race," explained Nemechek. "This team has a reputation for a solid superspeedway program and I'm glad to be part of it. We just need to put ourselves in the right situation near the end of the race and make the move to the front. We're capable, we proved that in February."
When asked who he would like to draft with, Nemechek gave a succinct reply, "Whoever is the fastest."
Nemechek knows all about being fast at Daytona; he captured the pole for the 1999 Pepsi Cup race. And as a Busch driver, he claimed two victories at Daytona and sat on the pole five times.
"This is home for me," said Nemechek, a native of Lakeland, Fla. "I've been coming here since I was a kid. It's really a thrill to compete on this historic track."