Solid Road Course Run Turns Sour for Nemechek SONOMA, Calif (June 25, 2006) -- Joe Nemechek was in position a couple of times to claim a strong finish in Sunday's Nextel Cup road race, but a spinout and takeout left him with a disappointing ...
Solid Road Course Run Turns Sour for Nemechek
SONOMA, Calif (June 25, 2006) -- Joe Nemechek was in position a couple of times to claim a strong finish in Sunday's Nextel Cup road race, but a spinout and takeout left him with a disappointing 25th-place finish at Infineon Raceway.
Nemechek, who qualified 10th, was running easily in the top 15, but on Lap 58 of 110 he spun as he was entering the tricky Turn 11 hairpin corner. The incident not only forced Nemechek to make an unscheduled pit stop, but it also sent his U.S. Army Chevrolet back to 30th place.
"That didn't help our cause at all," said Nemechek. "I thought we could still come back with a decent finish, but the last hit knocked the wind out of our sails."
Nemechek was referring to an incident with seven laps remaining in the Dodge/Save Mart 350. As he was swerving to avoid a multicar wreck in front of him, Nemechek got turned around after taking a hard hit by the No. 43 car (Kyle Petty).
"It wasn't Kyle's fault, it was just being in the wrong place and the wrong time," offered Nemechek. "I had fresh tires at that point of the race and was looking forward to gaining in track position. But that final hit pretty much ended any hopes of a decent result."
The frustration was evident for Nemechek, who once again left the Infineon road course feeling the result was not indicative of the performance by the U.S. Army team.
"This is the third straight year that a solid performance went south on us," noted Nemechek. "I love road course racing and feel bad that we didn't come away with a better finish for our team and for the soldiers defending our freedom. But there's next week and I can't wait for the superspeedway race at Daytona."
The Daytona International Speedway summer event, known as the Pepsi 400, will be contested Saturday night (July 1) at this historic 2.5-mile oval.