Dover: Joe Nemechek race report

NEMECHEK FINISHES 27TH IN DOVER DOVER, Del. (June 5, 2005) -- No matter what adjustments were made to the U.S. Army Chevrolet during Sunday's MBNA RacePoints 400 nothing clicked and the end result for Joe Nemechek was a 27th-place...

NEMECHEK FINISHES 27TH IN DOVER

DOVER, Del. (June 5, 2005) -- No matter what adjustments were made to the U.S. Army Chevrolet during Sunday's MBNA RacePoints 400 nothing clicked and the end result for Joe Nemechek was a 27th-place finish.

"Let's just say it was not a good day for the Army team," said Nemechek. "We struggled from the beginning and never could get it going. This is the kind of race you want to forget about immediately and start thinking ahead to next week."

Like good soldiers, the Army team never gave up in the 400-mile race, but crew chief Ryan Pemberton did admit it was a long day at Dover International Speedway.

"We threw everything but the kitchen sink at the car and it never responded," said Pemberton. "We've had much better performances but worst finishes. Go figure. This is a crazy business and there are going to be days like we had today. But we'll be better next week (in Pocono) and I am confident about that."

Nemechek and the U.S. Army team came to Dover's Monster Mile pumped up after nearly winning last week's race in Charlotte.

"We were fired up after last week and wanted to put on another great show," said Nemechek. "It didn't happen but no one can ever say that we gave up. We fought hard right up until the checkered flag waved. Charlotte was a strong performance and today wasn't. We're looking to make a 180-degree turnaround in Pocono."

In the two races at Pocono last year, Nemechek qualified third and second respectively and ran up front at both events before experiencing transmission problems.

"Pocono couldn't come at a better time," said Nemechek. "We have a good book on that track."

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Joe Nemechek