The Nextel: Joe Nemechek preview

Nemechek, Army Team Going For Broke at All-Star Race CHARLOTTE, N.C. (May 18, 2004) - When asked to give his thoughts on this weekend's NASCAR NEXTEL All-Star Challenge, Joe Nemechek was quite succinct, "This is a no-holds-barred type of a ...

Nemechek, Army Team Going For Broke at All-Star Race

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (May 18, 2004) - When asked to give his thoughts on this weekend's NASCAR NEXTEL All-Star Challenge, Joe Nemechek was quite succinct, "This is a no-holds-barred type of a race."

Nemechek, who will drive the No. 01 U.S. Army/USG Chevrolet in the prestigious non-points event Saturday night (May 22) at Lowe's Motor Speedway, qualified for the main feature as a result of winning the 2003 spring race in Richmond, Va.

"There's a lot of money and prestige at stake and I feel we have a very good shot at winning this event," said Nemechek. "We're going to be aggressive and go for broke. I like the Charlotte track and feel the facility is compatible with my driving style.

"We don't have the finishing results to show for it, but for those who have been keeping a close eye on us lately know that we are on the brink of something great happening. We've had the performance, but haven't finished the job. It's time that we take care of that and exorcise those demons."

Though Nemechek and the Army team will throw everything they have at winning the all-star race, they'll also take advantage of the practices on the 1.5-mile track as a test for the following week's (May 30) Coca-Cola 600 points race, also contested at Lowe's Motor Speedway.

"First priority is to win the all-star race," offered Nemechek. "But we would be negligent not to use the practice time on the track as a means of getting ready for the Coca-Cola 600."

The NASCAR NEXTEL All-Star Challenge will consist of three segments of 40, 30 and 20 laps. The race purse for the 25-car field will be $3,195,000 with approximately $1 million going to the winner.

"That's a lot of cash on the table and our goal is to get a big chunk of the prize money," said Nemechek.

Qualifying for the NASCAR NEXTEL All-Star Challenge will take place Friday evening and consist of three laps with a mandatory four-tire pit stop. The total elapsed time of the pit stop and laps will make up each team's qualifying effort.

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