Phoenix II: Joe Nemecheck preview

PHOENIX TREND IS IN NEMECHEK'S FAVOR PHOENIX (Nov. 8, 2005) -- Racing is not any different thanother forms of big business. You want thenumbers to be trending in the right direction. For Joe Nemechek, his personal numbers are indeed...

PHOENIX TREND IS IN NEMECHEK'S FAVOR

PHOENIX (Nov. 8, 2005) -- Racing is not any different thanother forms of big business. You want thenumbers to be trending in the right direction.

For Joe Nemechek, his personal numbers are indeed spiraling in a positive way with regards to his career performances at Phoenix International Raceway, site of Sunday's NASCAR Nextel Cup race -- the Checkers Auto Parts 500.

In his first 10 races at Phoenix, Nemechek's average finish at the one-mile oval was 25.2. In his last two races at the desert track, Nemechek has enjoyed a 11.0 finishing average with final results of 12th last November and 10th in April.

"We're getting better - that's the good sign -- but we're still not quite there," said Nemechek. "Phoenix is a type of track that should be good for us and our finishes should be better.I like the facility,the team likes it and ourcars seem to like it."

Nemechek, who will be driving theNo. 01 CENTRIX Financial Chevrolet this weekend with the U.S. Armyas an associate sponsor,says the Phoenix venue resembles some of his favorite tracks on the Nextel Cup circuit.

"Phoenix is a combinationof Richmond and New Hampshire -- two tracks whereI have won," noted Nemechek. "I always look forward to the Phoenix race -- there's something about the track and facility that gets the adrenalin flowing alittle more."

Nemechek's heartbeat will be a pace or two quickerin the final two races of the season due to hisposition in the standings. He is currently 15th and is within reach of having his career-best season finish.

"There's plenty of quality racers who aren't in the Chase battling for positions right now," said Nemechek, whosebest season finish was 15th in 2000. "We're 15th right now and have a shot of bettering that in the last two races. The standings are real tightand that's why it's important to have two more good weeks of racing."

After Phoenix, the circuit heads to Homestead-Miami Speedway for the 2005 finale (Nov. 20).

"It's Phoenix, Miami and Thanksgiving," saidNemechek. "It seems like we were just inDaytona testing for the 500. I can't believe the season is this close to being over."

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