PIT ROAD PENALTY COSTLY FOR NEMECHEK MARTINSVILLE, Va. (Oct. 23, 2005) - A pit road penalty dropped Joe Nemechek to a disappointing 23rd-place finish in Sunday's Subway 500 at Martinsville Speedway. Starting from the eighth position and...
PIT ROAD PENALTY COSTLY FOR NEMECHEK
MARTINSVILLE, Va. (Oct. 23, 2005) - A pit road penalty dropped Joe Nemechek to a disappointing 23rd-place finish in Sunday's Subway 500 at Martinsville Speedway.
Starting from the eighth position and ranking fourth fastest in Saturday's final practice, Nemechek had confidence that he could bring the No. 01 U.S. Army Chevrolet across the finish line with a strong result at the .526-mile short track.
For the majority of the race, Nemechek was indeed running strong. But when he pitted following a caution on Lap 343 of 500, the right-front tire of the Army Chevy was outside of the pit box, resulting in a one-lap penalty.
"When I was coming down pit road, I was more worried about getting out of the pit box quickly than I was about getting in and my right-front tire was just barely on the yellow line." explained Nemechek, who remained 13th in the Nextel Cup standings. "That was costly -- we could never overcome that penalty."
Nemechek, who is still in the mix with a shot of finishing 11th in driver points, felt the car's performance was much better than the result.
"The U.S. Army Chevy was great today -- there were even times when I thought we had the best car on the race track," offered Nemechek.
Despite being a lap down, Nemechek continued to post fast speeds, but could not put himself in position to get back on the lead lap due to short green-flag runs.
"Ryan (Pemberton- crew chief) and the team made some really good changes to the Army Chevy and we were making up time on everybody," said Nemechek. "I thought we'd be able to get the lap back and still bring home a strong finish, but the green-flag runs were cut short at the the end and we could never get there. All we can do now is soldier on, maintain the Army spirit and look ahead to next week."
The next event for Nemechek and the U.S. Army team will be Sunday (Oct. 30) at Atlanta Motor Speedway.