Loudon II: Joe Nemechek preview

Nemechek Would Be Happy With Some Deja Vu LOUDON, N.H. (Sept. 12, 2006) -- Excuse the Yogi Berra-ism, but Joe Nemechek is looking for deja vu all over again. And the daja vu experience that Nemechek wants for his U.S. Army Chevrolet is a...

Nemechek Would Be Happy With Some Deja Vu

LOUDON, N.H. (Sept. 12, 2006) -- Excuse the Yogi Berra-ism, but Joe Nemechek is looking for deja vu all over again.

And the daja vu experience that Nemechek wants for his U.S. Army Chevrolet is a strong performance in Sunday's Sylvania 300 Nextel Cup race in New Hampshire and an impressive showing during the final 10 races of the season.

To be more specific, New Hampshire International Speedway is where Nemechek won his first race seven years ago on Sept. 19, 1999.

And the second part of Nemechek's deja vu package is the performance he put together during the 10 Chase races in 2005 when he claimed one win, three top fives, six top 10s and two poles.

"I have always felt if you did it once you can do it again," said Nemechek. "We know that New Hampshire has the potential of being a springboard to a successful run during the season's homestretch."

When Nemechek strung together an impressive record during the Chase races two years ago it started with a sixth-place finish at New Hampshire.

"There's no substitute for momentum," noted Nemechek. "We just need to get one good race under our belt."

But before Nemechek gets that one race to launch a positive streak in NASCAR's premier series, he will need to shed the bad-luck plague, especially when his 01 car is running strong.

"It seems when we're running good something will happen to stall our momentum -- like a flat tire, getting spun out or scraping the wall," offered Nemechek. "But when we run awful as we did last week in Richmond nothing seems to happen to us. We escape the on-track messes and finish the race with a fairly clean car."

A case in point to Nemechek's theory is what happened to his Army Chevrolet at New Hampshire in July. The 01 car was running sixth, but on Lap 201 of 300 Nemechek's day ended prematurely when he got turned around and crashed into the wall.

"We're going back to New Hampshire knowing that we have a setup that works," explained Nemechek. "If we can avoid trouble I feel this race can be a start of something good for the Army team, and more importantly, for all of our brave soldiers."

-credit: mb2 motorsports

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