NEMECHEK READY TO UNLEASH OVERDUE SUPERSPEEDWAY PERFORMANCE TALLADEGA, Ala. (Sept. 27, 2005) -- Joe Nemechek knows that when it comes to restrictor-plate racing, his MB2 Motorsports superspeedway program carries a five-star rating. "I...
NEMECHEK READY TO UNLEASH OVERDUE SUPERSPEEDWAY PERFORMANCE
TALLADEGA, Ala. (Sept. 27, 2005) -- Joe Nemechek knows that when it comes to restrictor-plate racing, his MB2 Motorsports superspeedway program carries a five-star rating.
"I feel we have one of the best plate programs out there," said Nemechek, driver of the 01 U.S. Army Chevrolet. "But due to being hit or collected in accidents, we haven't been able to really show our true colors in this year's superspeedway events."
The final chance of the season for Nemechek and the Army team to prove their status as one of the top restrictor-plate teams will be this weekend when the Nextel Cup Series visits Talladega Superspeedway for Sunday's running of the UAW-Ford 500.
In the three previous superspeedway races of 2005, trouble seemed to find Nemechek.
During Speedweeks in Daytona, the Army's primary car was destroyed in the Gatorade qualifying race for the Daytona 500, forcing Nemechek to drive the backup car in the season opener.
The next two superspeedway stops weren't much better for Nemechek. He got collected in the 25-car wreck at Talladega in May and got tagged while running in the top-five in the July night race at Daytona.
"Staying away from trouble is what it's all about at Talladega," said Nemechek, who has claimed the pole three times at the ultra-fast oval. "We have the horsepower and the aerodynamics for a strong showing. It's a good feeling going into a race knowing that you have the equipment to be a frontrunner."
Running up front hasn't been Nemechek's problem. Finishing the races with a clean car has been his quandary.
"We've been a challenger more times than not," said Nemechek. "But we can't seem to shake those gremlins that have been halting some pretty good performances as of late."
The last two races have been a case in point for the 01 team. At both New Hampshire and Dover, Nemechek had strong performances, but being hit or collected in somebody else's mess relegated him to undeserving finishes.
"We had top 10 or better cars at the past two races, but didn't get the result," offered Nemechek. "But we will soldier on and be patient. Once the breaks bounce in our favor, we'll be battling with the leaders at the end of the race. I have no doubt that our day is coming."
"We won't hold back at Talladega," continued Nemechek. "We're going for it all -- the pole and the win. That's not an unrealistic goal by any means."