Texas: Joe Nemechek race report

NEMECHEK SALVAGES 17TH-PLACE FINISH IN TEXAS FORT WORTH, Texas (April 17, 2005) -- Despite handling problems throughout Sunday's Samsung/RadioShack 500 at Texas Motor Speedway, U.S. Army driver Joe Nemechek stayed calm as he persevered to...

NEMECHEK SALVAGES 17TH-PLACE FINISH IN TEXAS

FORT WORTH, Texas (April 17, 2005) -- Despite handling problems throughout Sunday's Samsung/RadioShack 500 at Texas Motor Speedway, U.S. Army driver Joe Nemechek stayed calm as he persevered to salvage a 17th-place finish.

"We came in here with high expectations and are leaving disappointed," said Nemechek, who qualified ninth for the 500-mile Nextel Cup race. "It was a long day out there. We never connected on the right balance and just battled through it. Believe me, we tried everything, but nothing clicked. The U.S. Army Chevy was tight and then it was loose -- we never had the necessary grip to make a big move."

The first glitch to hit Nemechek was on Lap 23 of 334 when the Army of One team was assessed a pit road penalty for an errant tire. The penalty cost Nemechek to go from 14th to 39th in track position.

"Since it was early in the race I am not sure how much that penalty hurt us -- but it sure didn't help," explained Nemechek. "From that point of the race we were fighting from the back of the field and that's not where you want to be."

As the race progressed on the 1.5-mile oval, Nemechek was stuck in the mid to high 20s and one lap down. But when he got back on the lead lap (Lap 308) he quickly gained six positions (from 23rd to 17th) in the final green-flag run of 26 laps.

"We were a little better in the end and it was nice to pick off six spots," said Nemechek. "Though we're not pleased with the finish, I am proud of this team for how we came back."

Next up for Nemechek and the U.S. Army team will be a Saturday night race (April 23) at Phoenix International Raceway.

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Joe Nemechek