Texas: Jerry Nadeau race report

'Lady Luck' finally sides with Jerry Nadeau; posts fourth-place finish in Samsung/Radioshack 500. FORT WORTH, Tex., March 30 0x2022 It's been a long time coming for driver Jerry Nadeau and his United States Army NASCAR Winston Cup team, but...

'Lady Luck' finally sides with Jerry Nadeau; posts fourth-place finish in Samsung/Radioshack 500.

FORT WORTH, Tex., March 30 0x2022 It's been a long time coming for driver Jerry Nadeau and his United States Army NASCAR Winston Cup team, but 'Lady Luck" finally paid a visit here Sunday at Texas Motor Speedway.

Driving the United States Army #01 Pontiac, Nadeau claimed a fourth-place finish in the Samsung/RadioShack 500, proving patience is indeed a virtue in the process.

"This is the finish we've been waiting for," said Nadeau. "We had a good car. We actually had a good car all weekend, ever since we unloaded. The guys did a good job.

"If people had been watching the last four weeks, we've had a top-five car. Unfortunately, we haven't been able to get to the end. But, this weekend, we did. I'm really proud of my team. They had great pit stops. We worked on the car all day long. I was really good on short runs, then, I got too tight. But, I'm happy for my U.S. Army team, Pontiac and MB2 Motorsports. It's been a good weekend for us."

When the Army team arrived in Texas, it rolled out the first in-house chassis built by MB2 Motorsports this season. Results were immediately evident, including a fifth-place qualifying effort.

"We were pleased with the way the car performed, given the fact, we put just 15 laps on it at Kentucky last Wednesday in testing," said crew chief, Ryan Pemberton. "It was a great job by everyone today. The guys gave us great pit stops all day and Jerry did a terrific job.

"This is an ongoing process with this young team. We're all still learning. It's certainly a good place to build from. Hopefully, in the next few weeks, we can step it up further."

Not only was the fourth-place finish a season best for the Army team, but it was also Nadeau's career best finish at the lightning fast 1.5-mile oval.

"This one was for all of the men and women over in the Middle East," he added. "We're all thinking about them."

Nadeau, who jumped four spots to 30th in the NASCAR Winston Cup Series point standings, will now head for Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway next weekend for the Aaron's 499.

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Series NASCAR Cup
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