Dover: Joe Nemechek race report

Nemechek gets tagged from behind; finishes 38th DOVER, Del. (June 6, 2004) -- Joe Nemechek took a hit from behind and the end result was an early exit for the U.S. Army driver from Sunday's MBNA 400 "A Salute To Heroes" at Dover International ...

Nemechek gets tagged from behind; finishes 38th

DOVER, Del. (June 6, 2004) -- Joe Nemechek took a hit from behind and the end result was an early exit for the U.S. Army driver from Sunday's MBNA 400 "A Salute To Heroes" at Dover International Speedway.

On lap 158 of 400, Nemechek's U.S. Army/USG Chevrolet got spun out and crashed into the inside wall off Turn 4. Nemechek was not injured, but his black and gold car suffered major damage and was loaded into the team's transporter with a 38th-place finish.

"It's just one of those racing deals," said Nemechek. "My car was a little tight and I was trying to keep to the bottom. The car then pushed up off of Turn 4 really bad and I had to get out of the gas. When I did that, Terry (Labonte) got into the back of me. Terry and I are good friends and it was just an unfortunate deal. This is Dover and stuff happens here."

Nemechek said his car was getting better as the race went on and was looking forward to making a comeback like he did at last week's race in Charlotte.

"We were getting better and we just needed to hang on," explained Nemechek. "Today's race proved if you finished with the fenders on the car you would have notched a decent finish. We'll go to Pocono next week and do it all over again. Hopefully the breaks will go our way."

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Joe Nemechek