Richmond II: Joe Nemechek preview

Only Positive Vibes For Nemechek in Richmond RICHMOND, Va. (Sept. 6, 2006) -- Though Nemechek has suffered more than his share of misfortunes, the U.S. Army driver says he doesn't enter a race worrying about bad luck, malfunctions, accidents or...

Only Positive Vibes For Nemechek in Richmond

RICHMOND, Va. (Sept. 6, 2006) -- Though Nemechek has suffered more than his share of misfortunes, the U.S. Army driver says he doesn't enter a race worrying about bad luck, malfunctions, accidents or flat tires.

It's the positives of the race team and the track he will be competing at that consume his pre-race mental preparation.

"If you're worried something bad is going to happen, it will happen," said Nemechek, a 14-year veteran of the Cup series. "We've had good performances the past month, but not much to show for it in terms of finishes. It will turn around, you just have to remain upbeat and positive and battle through the adversity. Our soldiers do that every day."

It just so happens that Nemechek can only feel positive vibes for Saturday night's Chevy Rock & Roll 400 Nextel Cup race at Richmond International Raceway. It is one of the tracks where he has claimed a Cup victory.

"When you return to a track you have won at there is a special feeling," noted Nemechek, who won at Richmond in May, 2003. "Richmond is a great track to race at and the fans love it. The place is packed every time we go there."

While Nemechek is looking for a favorable result on the .75-mile oval, he knows that he has to endure 400 laps of clean racing.

"A few bruises to the car are fine, but you have to limit them if you want to run up front in Richmond," explained Nemechek. "An error-free race with a good handling race car will do the trick. That's all it takes. But it's a lot easier said than done."

-credit: mb2 motorsports

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Joe Nemechek