Visit With Wounded Soldiers Adds To Nemechek's Enthusiasm DOVER, Del. (Sept. 19, 2006) -- When U.S. Army driver Joe Nemechek arrives at Dover International Speedway for this weekend's Nextel Cup race, he knows his enthusiasm level will rise a...
Visit With Wounded Soldiers Adds To Nemechek's Enthusiasm
DOVER, Del. (Sept. 19, 2006) -- When U.S. Army driver Joe Nemechek arrives at Dover International Speedway for this weekend's Nextel Cup race, he knows his enthusiasm level will rise a few notches.
The reason for the extra boost of adrenaline is that before Nemechek settles in at the Delaware track, he and other NASCAR drivers will take a side trip Thursday to Washington D.C. to visit wounded U.S. soldiers recovering at Walter Reed Army Medical Center.
"Every time I visit our wounded troops I come away more proud and excited to represent the Army as its NASCAR driver," said Nemechek. "It's a moving experience and I once again look forward to hearing all of the heroic and positive stories of our soldiers, who are fighting the global war on terrorism.
"It's not about if you're for or against the war, it's about supporting our troops who are putting their lives on the line every day to protect our freedom."
It's no secret for those who are close to Nemechek on a weekly basis that he yearns to put his 01 Army Chevrolet in Victory Lane and make the U.S. soldiers worldwide proud of their team.
"Winning for our soldiers is always on my mind," said Nemechek. "There's nothing I want more. But they know that we never give anything less than 100 percent and they are appreciative of what we do."
Nemechek does understand that before he can drive his black and gold car to Victory Lane, he needs to snap out of a slump and enjoy better luck on the track.
"We're getting better, but we're having trouble sealing the deal," explained Nemechek. "Trouble is finding us too early and too often."
Last week in New Hampshire, Nemechek felt he had a strong car, but never had the opportunity to prove it. On Lap 30 of 300 he got turned around and went crashing into the concrete wall.
"Each weekend I keep on saying this is going to be that breakthrough race," offered Nemechek. "We've taken plenty of punches this year, but the desire and enthusiasm remain at a high level."
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