Car, Track Size Have Nemechek Feeling Relaxed for Texas Showdown FORT WORTH, Texas (April 10, 2007) --Joe Nemechek is back in a comfort zone. Unlike the past two Nextel Cup races which showcased NASCAR's Car of Tomorrow at the circuit's two ...
Car, Track Size Have Nemechek Feeling Relaxed for Texas Showdown
FORT WORTH, Texas (April 10, 2007) --Joe Nemechek is back in a comfort zone.
Unlike the past two Nextel Cup races which showcased NASCAR's Car of Tomorrow at the circuit's two shortest tracks in Martinsville, Va. and Bristol, Tenn., this weekend's event at Texas Motor Speedway will have more of a soothing appeal for Nemechek.
"It will be nice to get back into a car I am more familiar with and back to a mile-and-a-half track, which I have always enjoyed," noted Nemechek, who will drive the No. 13 CertainTeed Chevrolet.
It won't be any old car out of the Ginn Racing shop in Mooresville, N.C. that Nemechek will drive in the Samsung 500. He is bringing the team's best weapon for the Texas showdown- the same car he drove in Las Vegas.
"Based on our practices in Las Vegas last month, we seriously felt we had a shot of winning that race -- that's how good the CertainTeed Chevy felt," recalled Nemechek.
But Nemechek never got the opportunity to actually see just how good his car was in Las Vegas. On Lap 17 of 267 he was turned sideways when the 07 car (Clint Bowyer) rammed into its left-rear quarter panel. The incident, which ended any hopes of a strong finish for Nemechek,sent the No. 13 Chevy into the wall, causing extensive damage to the rear-end.
The good news for Nemechek is that his Ginn Racing crew has repaired the Las Vegas Chevy and it will be his primary racecar in Texas.
"We are bringing a fast car for what looks like a very fast track," offered Nemechek. "I've always liked the Texas track -- I came close a couple of times to winning the Cup race there."
Nemechek's best finish in a Cup race at the 1.5-mile oval was fourth in 1998. In 2004, he led a number of laps before a power issue relegated him to a 4th-place finish. In the Busch Series, Nemechek won at Texas in 2003.
"I have a good feeling about this weekend," said Nemechek. "We have a strong car and we're going to a track that I have done well at in the past. We're due for a top-10 or better finish."
Despite not qualifying in Bristol, Nemechek enters the Texas racer7thin the Nextel Cup driver point standings.
"We can make up plenty of ground in the point standings with a good run this weekend," explained Nemechek. "The ingredients are there, we just need to stay out of trouble."