Nemechek's Las Vegas Mission:Extend Positive Streak,Reverse Early Season Woes LAS VEGAS (March 8, 2006) --Joe Nemechek has been running at the finish in 34 consecutive races, the longest current streak among NASCAR Nextel Cup drivers. The streak...
Nemechek's Las Vegas Mission:Extend Positive Streak,Reverse Early Season Woes
LAS VEGAS (March 8, 2006) --Joe Nemechek has been running at the finish in 34 consecutive races, the longest current streak among NASCAR Nextel Cup drivers. The streak started at the fifth race of the 2005 season at Bristol Motor Speedway. "We've had a few wounded ducks during this period, but never threw in the towel," said Ryan Pemberton,crew chief of Nemechek's 01 U.S. Army Chevrolet. "To have this kind of streak is a tribute to the crew for knowing how to react both quickly and efficiently when repair work needs to get done."
While Nemechek and the Army of One crew are proud and honored to follow the soldier's creed of never quitting, they are also eagerly looking forward to extending the finishing streak with a strong result in this weekend's Cup race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
"We just want to be able to go out there and show what we can do," said Nemechek. "At the last two races, we never got past Lap 10 before encountering trouble."
It has indeed been a horrifying start of the 2006 season for Nemechek. At Daytona (Feb. 19) and California (Feb. 26)the Army car got hit with flying debris before each race was 10 laps old,causing extensive aerodynamic damage.
"Yes, we've taken a few bad hits, but we're not dwelling on the past," offered Nemechek. "We're pumped about Las Vegas,knowing that we should have a strong run. I had it going there last year until late in the race."
Speaking of last year, Nemechek was in third place and challenging for the lead when he came in for the final pit stop. But a pit-road miscue along with a bad set of tires, pushed Nemechek to the back of the field.
"In a matter of few minutes we went from almost leading the race to almost being lapped," recalled Nemechek. "But that was last year, hopefully the (luck) cycle will be in our favor on Sunday."
Nemechek's finishing position the past two years at the 1.5-mile track was 19th.
"Not a bad hand for blackjack," offered Nemechek. "But for a Nextel Cup race, we should be much better than 19th. I feel we should be running up front with the leaders."