KANSAS CITY, Kan. Oct. 4, 2005) -- Joe Nemechek returns for the first time to the venue where he enjoyed the most thrilling weekend in his NASCAR career. The site is Kansas Speedway, host of this weekend's Nextel Cup and Busch Series ...
KANSAS CITY, Kan. Oct. 4, 2005) -- Joe Nemechek returns for the first time to the venue where he enjoyed the most thrilling weekend in his NASCAR career. The site is Kansas Speedway, host of this weekend's Nextel Cup and Busch Series double-header.
Last year Nemechek stormed the Kansas facility in history-making fashion. He became the first NASCAR driver to score the trifecta by winning the Nextel Cup race, the Busch Series race and the Nextel Cup pole.
"It was a dream weekend, I don't know how else to describe it," said Nemechek. "I was on a different cloud when I left Kansas last year. There's nothing like winning -- an awesome feeling -- and to do it twice in one weekend along with a pole made it extra, extra special."
Though Nemechek has not won since last October in Kansas, the U.S. Army Chevrolet driver feels he is overdue for another trip to Victory Lane.
"We've come close to winning at least five times in the Nextel Cup Series since last year's race in Kansas," offered Nemechek. "We let a few (races) slip away and the ugly racing misfortunes -- like a flat tire and blown engine -- cost us some other victories. But we continue to keep the Army spirit up and go on to the next race, thinking that this will be the weekend. We never feel that we can't win."
The U.S. Army team is bringing one of its best cars in the MB2 Motorsports stable to Kansas. It's the same car that finished sixth and eighth at Michigan this season and also won the pole at the second Michigan event in August.
"I like the Michigan car. The first time I sat in it, I felt really comfortable," said Nemechek. "I'm really pumped because this is the car that has the aerodynamic and horsepower package to win this weekend. It0x2859s that good. It wouldn0x2859t surprise me if we successfully defended our Kansas title."
With seven races remaining in the Nextel Cup season, Nemechek says he needs to begin a streak of good finishes in order to achieve the team's goal of finishing in 11th place, the highest finish attainable for a non-Chase driver.
"We finished ninth in Talladega last week and need more top-10 and top-five results to secure that 11th-place season finish at the end of the year," said Nemechek. "The races from here on in have been pretty good to us in the past."
Entering Kansas, Nemechek is 15th in the point standings. He is 48 points behind 14th-place Dale Jarrett and 99 away from 11th.