NEMECHEK FINISHES 24TH IN HOMESTEAD; COMPLETES SEASON 16TH IN DRIVER POINTS HOMESTEAD, Fla. (Nov. 20, 2005) -- The season finale didn't turn out to be what Joe Nemechek had hoped for as the U.S. Army driver finished 24th Sunday at...
NEMECHEK FINISHES 24TH IN HOMESTEAD; COMPLETES SEASON 16TH IN DRIVER POINTS
HOMESTEAD, Fla. (Nov. 20, 2005) -- The season finale didn't turn out to be what Joe Nemechek had hoped for as the U.S. Army driver finished 24th Sunday at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
In the final NASCAR Nextel Cup driver point standings, Nemechek finished 16th -- three positions better than his 19th-place standing in 2004.
"We improved from last year, but it should have been better," said Nemechek, who fell seven points short of finishing in 15th place. "We're a little frustrated right now because this is not the way we wanted to end the season. We didn't find the right mix today and our finish showed that."
Nemechek, who had a mathematical chance of making the Chase heading into the final non-Chase race in the September event in Richmond, continues to feel strongly that the 01 Army Chevrolet team has a bright future. "All-in-all we didn't have a bad year and I am confident there's plenty of success in store for this team," offered Nemechek. "There were good teams that finished ahead of us (in points) and good teams that finished behind us. We captured a pole and had four or five excellent opportunities to win a race. But it seemed like we were victims of some tough luck this year. But that's racing and you continue to battle on and never quit. Just like what our brave soldiers do every day."
Ryan Pemberton, crew chief of Nemechek's 01 Chevrolet, was equally optimistic about the team's future.
"I'm disappointed about today's finish, but I also feel that we made some big gains this year and are heading in the right direction," said Pemberton. "We have a talented team of people at MB2 Motorsports and we're all deeply committed to take that next big step. We'll be back at work tomorrow getting ready for our preseason testing in Daytona."
Speaking of Daytona testing, the 01 Army team will be at the 2.5-mile superspeedway in mid-January preparing for the Daytona 500 season opener, Feb. 19.