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Nemechek Looking To Restore Performance Level in Michigan BROOKLYN, Mich. (June 14, 2006) -- Considering what Joe Nemechek has been going through in recent weeks in the Nextel Cup series, past history suggests that Michigan International...

Nemechek Looking To Restore Performance Level in Michigan

BROOKLYN, Mich. (June 14, 2006) -- Considering what Joe Nemechek has been going through in recent weeks in the Nextel Cup series, past history suggests that Michigan International Speedway could be the remedy to begin a healing process.

"We kind of veered off our normal path and got stuck in a performance rut," said Nemechek. "Though these things do happen in our highly technical world of auto racing, it's no fun. In fact, it's miserable. We just need to get back on the path that made us a challenger week in and week out."

Finding that path is easier said than done, but Nemechek and his U.S. Army team are going to a track this weekend where they have enjoyed success.

In the two performances at Michigan International Speedway last year, Nemechek claimed top-10 finishes of sixth and eighth respectively and also captured the pole in the August race at the two-mile oval.

"Yes, we had two strong runs last year in Michigan, but we were just as strong the year before", noted Nemechek,who was running in the top five when his engine broke with 27 laps remaining in the 2004 June race at MIS.

Nemechek, who has been racing full time in NASCAR's premier series since 1993, has been through the not-so-good cycles in the past.

"We all go through a slump now and then and the only thing you can do is work through it and stay patient," explained Nemechek. "This is a talented team - we have proved that. We all didn't wake up one morning and forget how to run a race team."

It's not only Sunday's Performance 400 that has Nemechek feeling upbeat, it's also the schedule of races that follow Michigan.

"After Michigan we have a stretch of races that has been good to us in the past -- Sonoma, Daytona, Chicago and New Hampshire," said Nemechek. "A breakthrough race this weekend would definitely give us a huge lift."

"When you're in a slump, you want to hit singles," added Nemechek. "We'll go for the fence at another time -- and hopefully sooner than later. We are good soldiers and will never accept a sub par performance."

-mb2m

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Series NASCAR Cup
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