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NEMECHEK AIMS TO CONTINUE STREAK AT FIRST ROAD RACE OF SEASON SONOMA, Calif. (June 21, 2005) -- There was a time when aNextel Cup driver didn't want to take his hot streak to a road course.Times have changed, at least for Joe Nemechek. The U.S.

NEMECHEK AIMS TO CONTINUE STREAK AT FIRST ROAD RACE OF SEASON

SONOMA, Calif. (June 21, 2005) -- There was a time when aNextel Cup driver didn't want to take his hot streak to a road course.Times have changed, at least for Joe Nemechek.

The U.S. Army driver,who is currently on a streak with third and sixth-place finishes the past two weeks at Pocono and Michigan respectively, is looking forward with great anticipation to this weekend's Nextel Cup road race at Infineon Raceway in Sonoma.

"I think about the what ifs after a lot of races, but most times the feeling passes and I let it go," said Nemechek. "But the two races that still gnaw at me are the two road course events last year in Sonoma and Watkins Glen (N.Y.). At each race I was running solidly in the top five, but a transmission failure eventually spoiled our day at both events.

"I like road racing, it's plenty of fun to turn both ways and maneuver your way through some exciting turns. Barring any breakage or freak things happening to the U.S. Army Chevy in Sonoma, I think we'll have a good shot at continuing our current success."

Nemechek, who has had a roller coaster type of season, including a flat tire while leading the Coca-Cola 600 in Charlotte with eight laps remaining, is looking to continue the consistency he has enjoyed the past two weeks.

"We never really struggled performance-wise this year," said Nemechek. "Our downfall at some of the races was due primarily to uncontrollable mechanical failures, flat tiresor being collected inaccidents.

"Right now everything seems to be jelling. The pit stops have been excellent, the race strategy has been solid and I have had fast cars to drive. This is the way we're supposed to be racing. We continue to employ the Army work ethic of never accepting defeat."

After a late-season surge in 2004, Nemechek and his U.S. Army team had high expectations coming into the new season. But one misfortune after another, curtailed the team's effort.

"It's a long season and we're all going to go through some tough stretches," said Nemechek. "Hopefully our bad stretch has come and gone."

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