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IT'S THE ARMY'S 230TH BIRTHDAY AND NEMECHEK HAS GIFT IN MIND As Part of Birthday Celebration 01 Car To Carry Special Paint Scheme in Pocono Featuring New Look of Army Combat Uniform LONG POND, Pa. (June 7, 2005) -- Though Joe Nemechek will...

IT'S THE ARMY'S 230TH BIRTHDAY AND NEMECHEK HAS GIFT IN MIND

As Part of Birthday Celebration 01 Car To Carry Special Paint Scheme in Pocono Featuring New Look of Army Combat Uniform

LONG POND, Pa. (June 7, 2005) -- Though Joe Nemechek will be a special guest of a major birthday celebration at Pocono Raceway this weekend, don't look for the U.S. Army driver to be going gift hunting. He knows exactly what the birthday recipient would relish.

"This is the weekend the Army celebrates its birthday and the present I have in mind is a big bow on the roof of the 01 car while it's parked in Victory Lane on Sunday afternoon," said Nemechek. "Luckily, I do have something in mind --it's never easy to shop for someone who is turning 230 years-old."

As part of the Army's birthday celebration, Nemechek's 01 Chevrolet will carry a special paint scheme in the Pocono 500.

The paint scheme will resemble the look of the new Army Combat Uniform that features a new digital camouflage pattern, a mix of green, tan and gray that is designed to help soldiers blend into the woodland, desert and urban environment more effectively. The new uniform was fielded to deploying units starting in April.

The hood of the 01 Army car will spotlight the theme, "Call to Duty: 230 Years." The Army's official theme for its 230th birthday is "Call to Duty: 230 Years of Service to Our Nation."

To enhance the Army's birthday (which falls on June 14), 7,500 small American flags will be given to Pocono fans to celebrate not only the Army's birthday but Flag Day, which also falls on June 14.

"If you stop to reflect -- 230 years of protecting freedom is pretty awesome," said Nemechek. "I am deeply honored to drive the Army car."

When Nemechek talks about being in Pocono's Victory Lane, he has every reason to feel optimistic, based on last year's performance at the 2.5-mile tri-oval.

He might have finished 18 and 16 at the two Pennsylvania races last year, but the results were not reflective on his performances.

Nemechek's qualifying spots at the two races were third and second respectively. He ran up front at both events and led the first 31 laps of the second race. What eventually pushed him to back was a transmission failure at each race.

"We sure had a good book on Pocono last year," explained Nemechek. "We were capable of winning both races had we not experienced transmission problems. The good news for us is that the new rules for this race should take the transmission issue out of the picture. We will not be shifting on the long straightaway."

Nemechek is also looking to get back into a contender role after last week's disappointing race in Dover.

"The week before Dover we almost won in Charlotte," said Nemechek. "But we were not good in Dover (finished 27th) and need to get back to running with the leaders and putting the Army car in position to win. We can do that at Pocono. I know we can and that would be the ultimate birthday present to the Army."

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Joe Nemechek