Martinsville II: Joe Nemechek race report

Late Hit Stops Nemechek's Charge MARTINSVILLE, Va. (Oct. 24, 2004)- Joe Nemechek saw his late-race charge halted when he got spun out from behind, and the end result for the U.S. Army driver was a 30th-place posting in Sunday's Subway 500 ...

Late Hit Stops Nemechek's Charge

MARTINSVILLE, Va. (Oct. 24, 2004)- Joe Nemechek saw his late-race charge halted when he got spun out from behind, and the end result for the U.S. Army driver was a 30th-place posting in Sunday's Subway 500 here at Martinsville Speedway.

Nemechek started the 500-lap, 263-mile event from the 29th position, but was steadily moving through the field before the late-race incident dashed his hopes of having a decent finish.

"Just a frustrating day," explained Nemechek. "We really had a pretty good car. We lost a lap a couple of times but always got them back. And when we did, we could run right up there with the leaders."

After becoming the beneficiary of one of those cautions and returning to the lead lap, Nemechek worked his way through the 43-car field. But with 24 laps remaining and running 19th, the No. 18 car of Bobby Labonte turned Nemechek's U.S. Army/USG Chevrolet. As Nemechek was trying to bring his car under control, he took a crushing blow from Elliott Sadler's car, which caused further damage to the Army machine.

"It's just frustrating," reiterated Nemechek. "You get so close to the end of the race and to having a decent finish and then you get taken out by somebody. I know (Bobby) Labonte's racing hard and he had newer tires, but still, I'm passing a car trying to be careful and he gives me a shot in the back. That's just not good racing. But we'll regroup, we always do, and we'll be ready for Atlanta. We're gonna fly in Atlanta-I guarantee it."

The Bass Pro Shop MBNA 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway will be broadcast live Sunday, Oct. 31 beginning at noon Eastern.

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Bobby Labonte , Joe Nemechek