JOE NEMECHEK, NO. 25 UAW-DELPHI CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO: Finished 3rd: TELL US ABOUT YOUR DAY. "It went good. To finish third here feels really good, for all the stuff we've been through lately. It seems like anything that could go wrong has,...
JOE NEMECHEK, NO. 25 UAW-DELPHI CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO: Finished 3rd:
TELL US ABOUT YOUR DAY.
"It went good. To finish third here feels really good, for all the stuff we've been through lately. It seems like anything that could go wrong has, and it's like anything that happens, it happens in front of us. Today, Jimmy Spencer got into the back of Dale Jarrett and when that wreck happened it smashed my front fender in. We had to pit and it got us out of sequence. I thought we were done because we went to the back, but the car was good, we were able to pass a lot of cars and that out-of-sequence stop didn't hurt us at the end."
IT WAS A LITTLE CRAZY THERE AT THE END:
"It was. My guys came on the radio and told me I was running ninth. I said, 'say what?' Some of those guys were stretching their gas mileage."
WHAT WAS THE DAMAGE ON THAT CRASH?
"It knocked the left front fender in on the tire. The caution came out, and it was close enough to the tire that when you hit the brakes and the nose comes down, it was going to rub. We didn't need to end up having to stop under green to fix it. We pitted a couple times and beat it out real good and got it ready to go. We pitted for the last time was with 45 laps to go, right behind Ricky, at the same time."
DO YOU CONSIDER YOUR VICTORY HERE IN 1999 AS A SORT OF VALIDATION FOR YOURSELF?
"That was a long time ago. Yeah, at that point in time, we announced we were splitting up and then we came here and won. That was really neat. Fortunately, this year we got a victory at Richmond and last week, they talked about Brian Vickers moving up in the 25. The team's not giving up, and it's just a business decision that Rick had to make. Believe me, I do a lot of work for the organization and Rick is looking out for me. He's trying to find me something good to drive. It's cool. They really don't have to do anything, but Rick is going out of his way to help me out."
HOW SLICK WAS THE TRACK TODAY?
"I thought it was really good. It was just cold tires, typical of the way this track has been since we've been coming up here. It takes about four or five laps to get going, and they had the Busch North race, where they run a different tire, and the beginning of the race it wasn't bad. You slip and slide about four or five laps and then it's good. It's about how it's always been. The new asphalt they put down is really good. It's made for some good racing. At least we can pass. If you get your car working well down low, you can run up underneath or you can run high. It was a good race today."
DO YOU FEEL LIKE YOU'RE RACING MORE TO BUILD A RESUME?
"I feel like I'm a veteran. I've been around. I've won three Winston Cup races and it's not easy to do that. I'm not going to be unemployed long. There's a lot of stuff going on. I was hoping to finish my career there at Hendrick Motorsports and who knows, maybe some day I'll be back there. I'll have a good ride when it' s all said and done, and I'm not worried about it. I'm just trying to win races. That's what it's all about."