Joe Nemechek To Pilot No. 46 U.S. Army Morgan-Dollar Motorsports Silverado at Talladega Superspeedway John Deere 250 Marks First Run in NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Since 1998 STATESVILLE, N.C. (Oct. 2, 2006) - Joe Nemechek will pilot...
Joe Nemechek To Pilot No. 46 U.S. Army Morgan-Dollar Motorsports Silverado at Talladega Superspeedway
John Deere 250 Marks First Run in NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Since 1998
STATESVILLE, N.C. (Oct. 2, 2006) - Joe Nemechek will pilot the No. 46 Chevrolet Silverado fielded by Morgan-Dollar Motorsports (MDM) in Saturday's (Oct. 7) John Deere 250 at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway. It will be the first time Nemechek has competed in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series (NCTS) since January 1998.
The U.S. Army, Nemechek's full-time sponsor on his MB2-fielded Chevy Monte Carlo SS in the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series, will support his NCTS effort at the 2.66-mile track.
"It's been more than eight years since I've competed in the Craftsman Truck Series," said Nemechek. "I am really looking forward to racing a truck again and being part of the Morgan-Dollar team. But I know it's going to be a lot different at Talladega. I recently cornered Mark Martin hoping to get a few tips about plate racing in a truck, but all he would say is that I'm going to be in for an exciting experience. Well, if that's the case then I can't wait to jump into the U.S. Army Silverado and go at it."
"We are excited to have Joe in the No. 46 at Talladega," said David Dollar, owner and president of MDM. "We have enjoyed a successful partnership with MB2 Motorsports this season with Kraig Kinser and are looking forward to having Joe and the U.S. Army with us at the inaugural NCTS at Talladega. Joe has proven he is a master at superspeedway racing and I know the team is looking forward to a strong run and a great finish."
Giving Nemechek an added edge atop the pit box will be Eric Phillips, who is also his brother-in-law. Phillips, a Canton, IL native, has six career wins in the NCTS, including four wins in 2005 with MDM No. 85 E85 FlexFuel driver, Dennis Setzer. Phillips started his NASCAR career with NEMCO Motorsports, Nemechek's NASCAR Busch Series (NBS) team. He is confident their family ties and winning history can lead to an unbeatable combination at Talladega.
"I am really looking forward to working again with Joe at Talladega," Phillips said. "Because we are family, and know each other so well, I think the lines of communication will already be established, which is great when working with a new driver. We have also worked together for many years, so I know how to fix what he may describe to me, and the trust is already established. I know everyone at Morgan-Dollar Motorsports is ready to race at Talladega, and I am excited about having Joe at the wheel of the No. 46 U.S. Army Silverado."
Talladega Superspeedway is also a track that Nemechek has excelled at in the past. In the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series (NNCS), Nemechek has 23 starts winning three poles and scoring five top-10 finishes. In 14 starts in the NBS at the 2.66-mile superspeedway, Nemechek has racked up five poles, two wins, six top-five finishes and has led a total of 196-laps.
"I know that Morgan-Dollar is a champion-caliber operation and I am looking forward to running in the first-ever NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race at Talladega with this great team," Nemechek concluded. "Even better is the fact that the guy sitting on the box in the race will be my brother-in-law Eric Phillips. Eric and I have won races together before and he worked with my Busch team for several years. I am sure that trucks have changed a lot since I last climbed into one, but I know that these guys know how to make trucks go fast, so we all have high expectations."
Practice for the John Deere 250 is scheduled to begin 12:10 p.m. CDT on Thursday, Oct. 5. Rookie practice will be held from 1:50 p.m. to 2:20 p.m. that afternoon followed by final practice for one hour beginning at 2:20 p.m. CDT. Qualifying will be held Friday, Oct. 6 at 11:15 a.m. CDT with the 36-truck starting field impounded until the start of the 94-lap/250-mile race Saturday at 2:15 p.m. CDT.
SPEED TV will broadcast all the action live beginning with the pre-race show at 1:30 p.m. CDT. MRN Radio and XM Satellite Radio will bring fans the race in its entirety over the airwaves.