ARMY TEAM CONCLUDES TESTING; READY FOR NASCAR'S BIG DANCE DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Jan. 18, 2006) -- U.S. Army crew chief Ryan Pemberton took a neutral approach Wednesday following the conclusion of the three-day test session for the Feb. 11...
ARMY TEAM CONCLUDES TESTING; READY FOR NASCAR'S BIG DANCE
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Jan. 18, 2006) -- U.S. Army crew chief Ryan Pemberton took a neutral approach Wednesday following the conclusion of the three-day test session for the Feb. 11 Budweiser Shootout and the Feb. 19 Daytona 500.
"You don't get points, money or trophies for a good test session," said Pemberton. "I like to stay even keel and make sure that we have every piece of the jigsaw (puzzle) in proper order when we return here next month."
Though Pemberton likes to keep a poker face, he did say the team's Chevrolets, driven by Joe Nemechek, performed well.
"The weather wasn't that great the first two days and it was really hard to get a good read on your car and make accurate changes," explained Pemberton. "But all-in-all the cars performed well, we got good speed and the MB2 teams worked great together. A lot of good things did come out of this test session."
Nemechek was one of the pace setters at Daytona International Speedway during qualifying-trim testing on Monday and Tuesday. He consistently ranked in the top-five and top-10 among the 34 teams and 60 cars attending this week's test session.
The U.S. Army Chevrolet was equally as strong in Wednesday's drafting practice as was the MB2 Waste Management Chevy driven by Sterling Marlin.
"I was very happy with my car in the draft -- it sucked up well," said Nemechek. "Sterling and I worked very well together and that's encouraging. We're in good shape and can't wait to get back here for the big dance. Having Sterling and Bill (Elliott) as teammates pumps up the enthusiasm level an extra notch."