Michigan II: Joe Nemechek preview

Nemechek Aims To Complete Mission in Michigan BROOKLYN, Mich. (Aug. 17, 2004) -- Joe Nemechek has a very comfortable mindset going into this weekend's Nextel Cup race at Michigan International Speedway. The U.S. Army pilot will not only be ...

Nemechek Aims To Complete Mission in Michigan

BROOKLYN, Mich. (Aug. 17, 2004) -- Joe Nemechek has a very comfortable mindset going into this weekend's Nextel Cup race at Michigan International Speedway. The U.S. Army pilot will not only be driving one of the fastest cars in the MB2 Motorsports stable, but he will also be performing at a track where he has proved that he can be a contender.

"We have some unfinished business to attend to at Michigan," said Nemechek. "If we can keep the fenders on the car and all of the mechanical parts in check, we should have a pretty good day."

When Nemechek mentioned "unfinished business", the U.S. Army driver was referring to the June race at Michigan when his 01 Chevrolet was solidly running in the top five before the engine expired with 27 laps remaining on the 2.0-mile oval.

"It was a bad deal for us because we really had a strong run going," explained Nemechek. "Michigan is the kind of track that suits the car we're bringing. It's a stout machine - one of my favorite cars."

The U.S. Army/USG car that Nemechek will be strapped into this weekend is known as the Texas car, which had strong performances in Ft. Worth, California, Michigan and Chicago.

At each of the above events the 01 Chevy showed its teeth, but never could sustain the performance to the checkered flag except in Chicago where Nemechek finished eighth.

"In Texas, California and Michigan we should have finished in the top-10 or better, but something would bite us and spoil the run," said Nemechek, who has finished on the lead lap in the past six races. "In Texas it was a broken spark plug, in California we ran out of fuel with two laps remaining and there was that blown engine in Michigan. We're due and this could be a good weekend for the Army team."

Another goal that Nemechek will be striving for this weekend is to grab his first pole of the season. The Lakeland, Fla. native, known as Front Row Joe, has come close with two outside poles and six top fives.

"Qualifying is exciting - it sets the tempo for the weekend," said Nemechek. "I would love to collect a pole before the season is over. We're going to go after it every week from here on in. We want the Army car in next year's Bud Shootout."

Nemechek will also be competing in Saturday's Busch race in the NEMCO Motorsports No. 87 Cellular One Chevrolet.

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