FINISHES vs. PERFORMANCE: NOT A SIMPLE EQUATION FOR NEMECHEK, U.S. ARMY TEAM MARTINSVILLE, Va. (April 6, 2005) -- Joe Nemechek has been in racing long enough to know that there's nothing worse than that dreaded bad-luck cycle. Though every...
FINISHES vs. PERFORMANCE:
NOT A SIMPLE EQUATION FOR NEMECHEK, U.S. ARMY TEAM
MARTINSVILLE, Va. (April 6, 2005) -- Joe Nemechek has been in racing long enough to know that there's nothing worse than that dreaded bad-luck cycle. Though every driver and team eventually goes through it, it doesn't make it any easier when you're the recipient of the weekly voodoo.
The next opportunity for Nemechek and the No. 01 U.S. Army team to break the early-season jinx will be this weekend at the Advance Auto Parts 500 at Martinsville Speedway.
"I'm not a superstitious person, but I like the idea that our Army Chevrolet will be brought to Martinsville in a new Featherlite transporter -- anything to try and snap our bad-luck cycle," said Nemechek.
But Nemechek is also a realist -- he understands there is no waving of a magic wand to bring on good luck.
"Luck is when opportunity meets with success -- it's as simple as that," said Nemechek. "You can't wallow in what happened last week. You have to suck it up and get the job done. You have to make your own luck. The best athletes in the world go through bad times and yet, they seem to find their way back. And that is what this Army team will do."
After the first five Nextel Cup races Nemechek's standing position is 31st, but he could easily be in the top 10 had a few twists of fate gone the other way.
"I'm not happy with where we are positioned in the Nextel Cup standings, but on the other hand I am pleased with the way we performed this year," explained Nemechek. "That may sound contradictory, but that's the way it is. Again, our performance has not been reflective of our finishes. An engine failure, a punctured radiator, bad set of tires and getting clipped early in a race have all contributed to our current situation."
Martinsville is not the easiest place to try and break a bad-luck streak. It's another short track that can produce plenty of sheet metal carnage.
"I like Martinsville and feel we can run strong there," said Nemechek, who won the pole in the 1999 fall race at the half-mile track. "We need to avoid trouble and finish the race on the lead lap. If we can do that, we'll be okay."