Indianapolis: Joe Nemechek preview

Nemechek Looking To Put Exclamation Mark on Season SPEEDWAY, Ind. (Aug. 4, 2004) - For Joe Nemechek it's not about points, it's about winning. The U.S. Army driver, who feels his MB2 Motorsports team is on the verge of visiting Victory Lane,...

Nemechek Looking To Put Exclamation Mark on Season

SPEEDWAY, Ind. (Aug. 4, 2004) - For Joe Nemechek it's not about points, it's about winning. The U.S. Army driver, who feels his MB2 Motorsports team is on the verge of visiting Victory Lane, will get his next opportunity Sunday at one of the biggest races of the season - the Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

"If we keep running like we have been, we're going to get one," said Nemechek. "And winning the Brickyard 400 is one of those races that can override almost everything else and make a season a success, no matter where you finish in the final standings. This race carries bragging rights and prestige."

The talk of victory comes up more frequently for Nemechek, who had a strong run in Pocono last week until a transmission failure on Lap 60 of 200 stymied his charge.

His U.S. Army/USG Chevrolet qualified second for the Pennsylvania 500, led the first 31 laps and continued to run with the lead pack before the malfunction occurred. Nemechek ended up finishing 16th in a car that was without first, second and fourth gears for the final 140 laps.

"It's not only how we ran in Pocono that has me fired up, it's also the way we tested at Indy a few weeks ago," explained Nemechek. "We had a great test there. We brought the Pocono car and a new car. They both performed strongly, but the new car was faster than the Pocono car and that's what we'll be taking to Indy."

Nemechek has competed in all 10 Brickyard 400 races and has enjoyed some good runs and qualifying efforts on the historic 2.5-mile oval. He has qualified in the top 10 five times, including an outside pole in 1997.

"I almost had the pole in 1997, but Ernie Irvan, who raced for the team I am now with (MB2 Motorsports), just beat me out," recalled Nemechek. "MB2 is a great team to be associated with. Every week I go to the race feeling upbeat and confident knowing that Ryan (crew chief Ryan Pemberton) and the guys are going to give me a top notch car. And I don't see any reason to feel differently about this weekend. This team is overdue -- I would love to kiss those bricks."

Sunday's Brickyard 400 will be televised on NBC, beginning with a 30-minute pre-race show at 2 p.m. EDT.

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Ernie Irvan , Joe Nemechek