Nemechek aims to regain dominance at Talladega DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (April 26, 2005) -- Six of the last seven NASCAR Busch Series races -- discounting Bristol's .533-mile track -- have been contested at venues where the distance averages nearly...
Nemechek aims to regain dominance at Talladega
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (April 26, 2005) -- Six of the last seven NASCAR Busch Series races -- discounting Bristol's .533-mile track -- have been contested at venues where the distance averages nearly 1.4 miles.
But ''average" will hardly be the catch word this weekend when series' drivers compete on NASCAR's largest track -- the 2.66-mile tri-oval at Talladega Superspeedway.
There have been eight different winners in the season's first nine races, while seven different drivers have claimed Busch Poles. But at Talladega, there is one constant:
Joe Nemechek (No. 87 Cellular One Chevrolet).
The 1992 NASCAR Busch Series champion who owns his NEMCO Motorsports team holds nearly every series performance record at Talladega. He is the only driver with more than one victory (two), has five poles, six top fives and seven top 10s in 13 starts. And although four different drivers have posted victories since his last win in 2000, Nemechek finished second in 2003 and 10th last year. Accidents relegated him to 39th and 34th-place finishes in 2001 and '02, respectively.
"When we've stayed out of trouble, we've been there in the end," Nemechek said. "Then you look at [our recent] finishes, you know we were in the wrong place at the wrong time. We've put in a lot of hard work on our superspeedway program and I think that's why we run well, because we pay attention to all the details. We don't just focus on one area, we focus on everything."
Prime time for Truex at Talladega ... Martin Truex Jr. (No. 8 Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet) is the defending race winner at Talladega, having defeated his Chance 2 Motorsports owner, Dale Earnhardt Jr., one year ago. The race was Truex's first at the venue, and further enhanced his career performance on NASCAR's restrictor-plate tracks. In four races at Talladega and Daytona, Truex has a win, a pole and three top-five finishes.
This race could be the turnaround event in Truex's season. Last week at Phoenix, he posted his first top-10 finish since his win at Mexico City seven races ago to move to fifth place in the point standings, 18 points out of fourth.