To Salvage Season, Nemechek Banking on Recent Performance...and a Few Good Breaks MARTINSVILLE, Va. (Oct. 18, 2006) -- The feeling of something to prove has only gotten stronger for Joe Nemechek as the 2006 Nextel Cup season enters the twilight...
To Salvage Season, Nemechek Banking on Recent Performance...and a Few Good Breaks
MARTINSVILLE, Va. (Oct. 18, 2006) -- The feeling of something to prove has only gotten stronger for Joe Nemechek as the 2006 Nextel Cup season enters the twilight stage with five races remaining.
At the same time last year when NASCAR's elite series was heading to Martinsville Speedway for the Subway 500, Nemechek was enjoying a career season. He was in 13th place, only 17 points from the coveted 11th position for non-Chase drivers.
Fast forward the calendar 52 weeks and the scenario has taken a reversal for Nemechek, who is stuck in 31st place in the driver standings.
"Don't let that 31st position fool you," offered Nemechek. "We're a much better team than that. There's no throwing in the towel around here. We're banking on what happened last week to continue for the rest of the year."
What happened last week is that the hard-luck Nemechek finally caught a couple of breaks as he posted a ninth-place finish at Lowe's Motor Speedway.
"The breaks went our way, which led to a strong effort in Charlotte," said Nemechek. "That was a lift we've been waiting a long time for. We have something to prove and desperately want five more good races to salvage the season. It's doable, but you still need a few breaks to have a successful mission."
Though Nemechek finished the mission at the spring race in Martinsville, it didn't come without a car beating on the half-mile flat track. His Army Chevy took three hits, resulting in major spins. And if that weren't bad enough, he also had to deal with brake issues on the slippery surface.
"That was a wild ride and I am still not sure how we managed to pull off a 23rd-place finish," noted Nemechek. "This is Martinsville and I am expecting the same bumping and grinding this weekend. But hopefully for us, not quite as bad as we encountered in the spring race."
After Martinsville the Nextel Cup Series schedule includes: Atlanta (Oct. 29), Texas (Nov. 5), Phoenix (Nov. 12) and Homestead-Miami (Nov. 19).