Long Day for Nemechek Ends with 32nd-Place Result LOUDON, N.H. (Sept. 17, 2006) -- On Lap 30 of Sunday's Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire International Speedway, driver Joe Nemechek was sent spinning through Turns 3 and 4 by Scott Riggs, resulting...
Long Day for Nemechek Ends with 32nd-Place Result
LOUDON, N.H. (Sept. 17, 2006) -- On Lap 30 of Sunday's Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire International Speedway, driver Joe Nemechek was sent spinning through Turns 3 and 4 by Scott Riggs, resulting in a long day and a 32nd-place finish for the U.S. Army race team.
"It's unfortunate," offered Nemechek, who started the Nextel Cup event 17th. "I try to race people clean and I really hate that he (Riggs) has to play that way. I passed him clean back in Turn 2 and he tried to wreck me all the way down the back stretch. Then we got in Turns 3 and 4 and he just dumped me."
Nemechek brought his No. 01 Chevrolet down pit road where the Army crew went to work on the extensive damage.
"The hit knocked the toe out of line and hurt the steering, so we were pretty much done after that," explained Nemechek. "Eventually the guys were able to fix the toe, but that was much later in the race and by that time we were several laps down and it was too late to make a difference."
Nemechek restarted the race 41st after the incident occurred, and was able to pick up nine spots before the checkered flag waved.
"Again, I just really hate it happened," said Nemechek. "The guys on this Army team put so much hard work into these cars each and every week. And to see our opportunity for a good run end because of someone else's foolishness isn't fair to anyone."
The next stop for Nemechek and the U.S. Army team will be Sunday (Sept. 24) at Dover International Speedway. The race will be broadcast live on TNT beginning at 12:30 p.m. ET.
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