Fontana II: Joe Nemechek race report

Nemechek's String of Bad Luck Continues FONTANA, Calif. (Sept. 3, 2006) -- Joe Nemechek's performance Sunday at California Speedway added to his recent string of bad luck in the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series. Nemechek's 25th-place finish was the ...

Nemechek's String of Bad Luck Continues

FONTANA, Calif. (Sept. 3, 2006) -- Joe Nemechek's performance Sunday at California Speedway added to his recent string of bad luck in the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series.

Nemechek's 25th-place finish was the fifth time in the last seven races that a solid performance turned sour for the U.S. Army team. The recent culprit was a flat tire when Nemechek was running in the top 10 with 44 laps remaining in Sunday's Sony HD 500.

Though the left-front tire incident sent Nemechek back to 28th place, crew chief Ryan Pemberton felt if the remainder of the race stayed caution-free, the 01 Army Chevrolet would eventually gain its lap back and move forward in track position due to having a fuel advantage.

The race did stay caution free, but unfortunately for the Army team the fuel advantage scenario didn't play out. A few laps after the flat tire was changed, the 01 Chevy got loose, causing Nemechek to brush the wall in Turn 4.

"The flat tire hurt, but we still had a chance to come back," noted Nemechek. "But when I hit the fence, the right-front fender was knocked in and our Army Chevy was never the same after that. We were at a big disadvantage."

Nemechek's stretch of bad luck started in mid July at New Hampshire and coincided when the team started to come out of its slump.

"We're getting better with our performance, but we're not getting the finishes," said Nemechek. "This is awfully frustrating and we need to somehow break this jinx. We'll continue to work hard and soldier on. That's all we can do."

The next battle for the Army team will be Saturday night (Sept. 9) at Richmond (Va.) International Raceway.

-credit: mb2m

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Joe Nemechek