Richmond II: Joe Nemechek race report

RICHMOND, Va. (Sept. 11, 2004) -- Joe Nemechek posted a 22nd-place finish in Saturday night's Chevy Rock and Roll 400, the 26th of 36 races in the 2004 NASCAR Nextel Cup season. "We didn't rock tonight, not much else to say," Nemechek said.

RICHMOND, Va. (Sept. 11, 2004) -- Joe Nemechek posted a 22nd-place finish in Saturday night's Chevy Rock and Roll 400, the 26th of 36 races in the 2004 NASCAR Nextel Cup season.

"We didn't rock tonight, not much else to say," Nemechek said. "We struggled finding the right grip -- just couldn't get the back tires hooked up."

Nemechek qualified the No. 01 U.S. Army/USG Chevrolet fourth, but it wasn't long after the green flag dropped for the start of the 400-lap, 300-mile race at Richmond International Raceway that he started to fall back in the field.

"We made one adjustment after another but nothing seemed to click," explained Nemechek. "This is one of those races where you take your lumps and get on to the next one. We're better than what we showed tonight."

Crew chief Ryan Pemberton was equally disappointed in the result.

"It wasn't a good performance overall," said Pemberton. "We got some breaks during the race that resulted in good track position, but we never could maintain it. It seems like when we get a break or two it never coincides with a race that we're running well at. We threw everything but the kitchen sink at the car tonight and nothing worked."

Prior to the race, Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld mingled with the team on pit road after he was presented with a U.S. Army Racing crew shirt.

"It was both exciting and an honor for all of us to meet Mr. Rumsfeld," said Nemechek. "It was pretty special of him to take the time to stop by and visit with us."

The next stop for the Army team will be Sunday (Sept. 19) at New Hampshire International Speedway in Loudon.

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Series NASCAR Cup
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