NEMECHEK HAS HIS OWN "CHASE" TO RACE LOUDON, N.H. (Sept. 13, 2005) --Joe Nemechek, who currently sits 15th in the driver point standings --10 positions better than where he was last year at this time - will be looking for some deja' vu as the ...
NEMECHEK HAS HIS OWN "CHASE" TO RACE
LOUDON, N.H. (Sept. 13, 2005) --Joe Nemechek, who currently sits 15th in the driver point standings --10 positions better than where he was last year at this time - will be looking for some deja' vu as the Nextel Cup season heads into the 10-race homestretch.
During the final 10 races of 2004, Nemechek earned one of the best records on the circuit with one victory, three top-fives,six top-10s and two poles.
The streak started with a sixth-place finish at New Hampshire International Speedway, site of this weekend's Sylvania 300 and the opening race for the Chase for the Nextel Cup.
Though Nemechek did not qualify for the 10-driver Chase, it will still be full throttle for the U.S. Army driver.
"We have our own Chase and that's to finish off the year with results that will put us 11th in points when the checkered flag waves at the season finale in Homestead," said Nemechek. "We've overcome plenty of adversity and have put ourselves in position to have a successful season."Nemechek could not have picked a better facility than New Hampshire's Magic Mile to begin his quest for the top finishing spot among the non-qualifiers for the Chase.
"I've had success at New Hampshire, including my first career Cup win (Sept. 19, 1999)," said Nemechek. "Along with New Hampshire there are a number of tracks coming up that we have done well at in the past. Barring any unforeseen problems, we should run up front this weekend and get off to a fast start for the final 10-race stretch."
In the July race at New Hampshire, Nemechek had a fast car, but finished 18th.
"That was a weird race for us," said Nemechek. "The Army Chevy was great, but we not only got boxed in the pits three different times, we also got hit exiting the pits. Every time we started to make a move to the front, a pit-road incident would drop us to the back. Hopefully we won't have to contend with all of that bad stuff this weekend and get the finish that we're capable of achieving."
Crew chief Ryan Pemberton had a similar take about the last race at New Hampshire.
"The way the car ran and the way Joe drove -- the 18th-place finish was an injustice," said Pemberton in post-race interviews. "It seemed like every time we were set to make a move something out of our control would happen to stall the momentum."
Aside from claiming his first career Cup win at New Hampshire, Nemechek's first Cup start (July 11, 1993) also came at the New England facility.
"I continue to have a special feeling when I return to New Hampshire," said Nemechek. "My goal this weekend is to add another career highlight to my New Hampshire resume."