Texas II: Joe Nemechek race report

AFTER A STRUGGLE IN TEXAS, NEMECHEK VOWS THAT IT WILL GET BETTER FORT WORTH, Texas (Nov. 6, 2005) -- "We're going to regroup, put our heads together and get this figured out," said Joe Nemechek after finishing a disappointing 37th in Sunday's ...

AFTER A STRUGGLE IN TEXAS, NEMECHEK VOWS THAT IT WILL GET BETTER

FORT WORTH, Texas (Nov. 6, 2005) -- "We're going to regroup, put our heads together and get this figured out," said Joe Nemechek after finishing a disappointing 37th in Sunday's Dickies 500 at Texas Motor Speedway.

"The car's balance was off all day," added Nemechek. "By no means was this a typical U.S. Army team's performance. We've had great cars all year, but today something was amiss and we need to find the problem and get it fixed. I have all the confidence that we'll rectify this situation sooner than later."

Nemechek started the weekend as if the Army Chevy was going to be a contender in the 500-mile race. He qualified strongly by posting the fourth-fastest speed. But as soon as the green flag dropped to start the race, it was apparent the 01 car was off kilter as it kept on falling back in track position.

"I think we made every possible change you could make and nothing would work," said crew chief Ryan Pemberton. "It was disappointing because we're a much better team than what we showed today."

Nemechek remained 15th in the Nextel Cup driver point standings with two races remaining -- at Phoenix (Nov. 13) and Homestead-Miami (Nov. 20).

"We have a few guys behind us who are closing the gap in points so we're going to have to get it together quickly," said Nemechek. "I think of our soldiers in times like this. They never give up and they battle to the end. That's exactly what we're going to do."

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Joe Nemechek