RICHMOND, Va. (Army News Service, Sept. 11, 2006) - A lack of traction in Saturday night's Nextel Cup race at Richmond International Raceway sent Joe Nemechek to the back with a 32nd-place result.

Nemechek started the Chevy Rock & Roll 400 from the 21st position but as soon as the green flag dropped for the 400-lap race, the 01 Chevrolet never could gain momentum on the .75-mile oval.

"The car was slipping and sliding and I had trouble getting through the turns," Nemechek said. "This was not the performance that we anticipated nor is it one that reflects the hard work from the many people who work on these cars back at the shop and at the track."

With 26 regular season Cup races completed and the public interest shifting to the 10 Chase teams, Nemechek said his enthusiasm and desire to excel will not diminish.

"I congratulate the 10 drivers who qualified for the Chase," Nemechek said. "Though we're not part of that group it doesn't mean anything as far as our preparations will go. This is the Soldiers' car and we will continue to attack each race with the same fight as we always do."

The next race for Nemechek and the Army team will be Sept. 17 at New Hampshire International Speedway in Loudon.

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