Las Vegas: Jerry Nadeau race report

Nadeau hangs in to finish 22nd in Las Vegas. LAS VEGAS (March 2, 2003) -- He tussled with major handling problems all day, but a patient Jerry Nadeau managed to keep his USG Pontiac Grand Prix out of trouble and finish 22nd in Sunday's ...

Nadeau hangs in to finish 22nd in Las Vegas.

LAS VEGAS (March 2, 2003) -- He tussled with major handling problems all day, but a patient Jerry Nadeau managed to keep his USG Pontiac Grand Prix out of trouble and finish 22nd in Sunday's DaimlerChrysler 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

"By no means was it a great finish," said Nadeau. "We survived and hung in there. The way the car handled at times I am surprised that it didn't get splattered against the wall. However, we didn't panic, stuck together, made change after change, but nothing seemed to really work."

Nadeau, who started 11th in the 267-lap race, experienced problems almost immediately as he struggled with maneuvering the USG No. 01 Pontiac through the turns on the 1.5 mile oval.

"We fought the car for the entire race," said Nadeau. "It wasn't the track, I just couldn't get a good feel. I was terrible getting into the turns - I was sideways, loose, tight, loose...I just didn't have a hold of it."

Ryan Pemberton was equally disappointed with the performance of the car, but the veteran crew chief also felt there was a bright side.

"The performance wasn't there today, but considering the problems we had and to still finish 22nd does shed a positive light," said Pemberton. "That tells me there's a lot to gain and I am excited about that."

The No. 01 team continues to show improvement with Sunday's finish being the best of the first three races of the season. Nadeau's other two finishes were 28th in the Daytona season opener and 26th in Rockingham.

"There's no quit in this team," said Nadeau. "We want to do better and we're going to get there."

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Jerry Nadeau