NEMECHEK READY TO PRODUCE IN FAVORITE BACKUP CAR TALLADEGA, Ala. (April 26, 2005) -- Joe Nemechek calls it -- "My favorite backup car" -- the No. 01 U.S. Army Chevrolet that he will drive this weekend at Talladega...
NEMECHEK READY TO PRODUCE IN FAVORITE BACKUP CAR
TALLADEGA, Ala. (April 26, 2005) -- Joe Nemechek calls it -- "My favorite backup car" -- the No. 01 U.S. Army Chevrolet that he will drive this weekend at Talladega Superspeedway.
Nemechek, who will be seeking his second straight pole and fourth overall at the monster oval, will drive the same Army car that he finished 13th with in the Daytona 500 opener.
Nemechek's Daytona 500 Chevy was designated as the backup car when it arrived in Florida for the Nextel Cup season opener.
But when his primary car got collected and wrecked in that infamous bump-drafting incident between Kevin Harvick and Jimmie Johnson during the Gatorade Duel 150 qualifying race, the U.S. Army team was forced to go with the backup machine.
"This superspeedway car is every bit as good as that primary car was," said Nemechek. "I really like this car and feel that we didn't show its full potential in Daytona.
"We finished 13th in the 500, but we were in the lead draft for the green-white-checkered restart. If I didn't get boxed in, we could have had a much better finish."
Restrictor-plate racing has been fun for Nemechek and the MB2 Motorsports organization. At Daytona in both preseason testing and pre-500 practice, the three MB2-prepared cars of Nemechek, Scott Riggs and Boris Said were among the fastest.
In Pole Day qualifying at Daytona, Nemechek ranked fifth, Riggs sixth and Said 11th. The results even prompted some media outlets to alter the organization's name to MB Fast.
"The MB2 organization takes superspeedway racing very seriously and the results have shown that," said Nemechek.
In the two races at Talladega last year, Nemechek qualified fourth and first and finished seventh in the fall event. In the spring event, he had one of the fastest cars, but retired from the race with a radiator issue on Lap 146 of 188.
"I'm always excited about competing in a superspeedway race," said Nemechek. "We have the equipment to win this event -- that's if we can stay out of trouble. But that's always a big "if" at Talladega because when you're running that close together for that many laps something is going to give. You just hope that you're in position to avoid the big one."
Nemechek's best finish at the 2.66-mile oval was third at the 2000 fall race. Along with capturing the pole in last year's fall race, he also claimed the No. 1 spot in the fall races in 1999 and 2000.
"No question, we're going to go after the pole again," said Nemechek. "If you can start up front and stay up front, you reduce your chances considerably of being involved in an accident."