Talladega II: Joe Nemechek race report

Nemechek Finishes 7th in Talladega TALLADEGA, Ala. (Oct. 3, 2004) - It was a typical Talladega Superspeedway race with another white-knuckle ending. And in the mix as the pack of cars headed into the final lap on the high-speed tri-oval was Joe...

Nemechek Finishes 7th in Talladega

TALLADEGA, Ala. (Oct. 3, 2004) - It was a typical Talladega Superspeedway race with another white-knuckle ending. And in the mix as the pack of cars headed into the final lap on the high-speed tri-oval was Joe Nemechek, who came away with a seventh-place finish, thanks to a gutsy driving job as he passed four cars on the last corner of the 500-mile race.

"This was a pretty stressful day and my mind is tired right now," said Nemechek as he exited his U.S. Army Chevrolet. "The pack was there for the entire race and there wasn't much breathing room. You just had to stay in there, be patient and fight your way through. I'm sure the fans liked it because from my view it was pretty exciting."

Nemechek, who started on the pole for the first time this season, led the first lap and was a contender for the majority of the race. He ran as high as third and also had to battle his way from the rear of the field to the front a few times during the course of the 188-lap event, known as the EA Sports 500.

"The U.S. Army/USG Chevy was awesome all day and the pit stops were equally as good," explained Nemechek. "I just got trapped in the wrong lane at the end and couldn't go anywhere. I finally saw an opening on the final lap and jumped to the outside to try and get around these guys. I did manage to pick up four spots on the last turn.

"Gosh, I needed one more lap because the way this car performed we should have had an easy top-five finish or better. Overall it was a good weekend. We got the pole and pulled off another top-10 restrictor-plate finish. (Nemechek finished 6th and 10th at the two Daytona races this season.)

The next stop for Nemechek and the U.S. Army team will be Sunday (Oct. 10) at Kansas Speedway in Kansas City, Kan.

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Joe Nemechek