Talladega II: Joe Nemechek preview

Nemechek Banking on Good Odds in 'Dega TALLADEGA, Ala. (Oct. 4, 2006) -- Though Joe Nemechek has had trouble in the first three restrictor-plate races of the season, he has a special feeling that the high-stake odds of superspeedway competition...

Nemechek Banking on Good Odds in 'Dega

TALLADEGA, Ala. (Oct. 4, 2006) -- Though Joe Nemechek has had trouble in the first three restrictor-plate races of the season, he has a special feeling that the high-stake odds of superspeedway competition might be on his side for Sunday's Nextel Cup event on Talladega's 2.66-mile oval.

"We're overdue on the big tracks this season," said Nemechek, who posted top-10 finishes at the last two fall races contested at Talladega Superspeedway.

A three-time Talladega pole winner -- with the most recent being two years ago -- Front Row Joe has so far been a 2006 superspeedway victim.

The first lap of the Daytona 500 was a precursor of things to come for Nemechek. As the 43 cars were close to completing the first lap, Nemechek was already out of contention when a piece of shredded tire tore through the front-end of his 01 U.S. Army Chevrolet.

"We were aero dynamically finished from that point on," said Nemechek as he vividly recalled the season opener and his disappointing 3rd-place finish.

It didn't get much better at the next plate race for the Army team.

In May at Talladega, Nemechek was in the thick of the lead pack when he got collected in an accident and was sent packing for home with 14 laps remaining. That race also snapped his series-high finishing streak oft0 consecutive races. Final result was 27th.

"We had a great car in Talladega's spring race," recalled Nemechek. "It's never an issue at MB2 -- the fabrication department knows how to construct a fast superspeedway car.Staying away from the messes has been our trouble."

The third restrictor-plate race of the season -- July's Pepsi 400 at Daytona --produced a 19th-place result for the 01 team. It was a little better, but it still wasn't close to where Nemechek and his Army team want to be.

"We have had great plate cars and stout engines from Hendrick -- there's no reason why we shouldn't be contending at these big tracks," said Nemechek. "I think it's time for the odds to play out in our favor for a change"

Nemechek will get a better feel for the newly-paved Talladega track as he will compete in Saturday's NASCAR Craftsman Truck race. He will drive the No. 46 U.S. Army Silverado for Morgan-Dollar Motorsports.

-credit: m2bm

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