NTM Q&A: Nemechek to stay in 25?

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Nemechek begins 2003 talks with Hendrick

John Roberts: In years past, you have been in this situation somewhat, in or out of a ride and the subject of people talking about where (you're) going to end up. But you've said it that you've won Winston Cup races before. You know how to get it done, and that makes you confident inside that you'll land somewhere. Is that the case again this year? : Oh, absolutely. I have no question. Actually some good things started happening at Hendrick Motorsports this week. I sat down and had our first discussion about 2003 so it's good. Things are looking good. We're going to work on it and see what happens here real soon.

Newman nervous about qualifying

Steve Waid: You said the other day in a press conference that the only time you felt a little bit of a nervous edge is when you sat in the car to get ready to go out and qualify, and yet you do that so well. Is that correct? : We do it well once in awhile. Five times this year. But the bottom line for me is there's so many things you can think about as a driver to go out and qualify. The racetrack is yours. (It's) like you're onstage all by yourself, and that's when a lot of people get nervous, I guess, in acting. For me, it's just trying to focus so much on what I need to do and how to do it right that you think about it and you kind of mentally fry yourself sometimes.

Fatback's head start

Barry Dodson: You talked about how you're already working on stuff for 2003. Don't you think with the common template coming in -- the body changes everybody's going to have to go to -- that this will shorten the learning curve and get the 18 back into contention for another championship a lot quicker than it may? Michael "Fatback" McSwain: Yeah, I'm really excited about that because since the inception of the Taurus, I've been working on the Taurus, and all the new cars next year are going to be really similar to the old design of the Taurus. Chevrolet's got a different nose, but I'm really excited about that.

Parker takes it one race at a time

Steve Waid: Is (your first Winston Cup start on Sunday at Rockingham) a step toward Winston Cup, or is it a little bit early to talk about that yet? Hank Parker Jr.: I don't know. I would love to race Winston Cup one day, but right now, this is just a one-race opportunity for me, and it's a great opportunity.

No. 17 goes two for two

Winston Kelley: We've talked about how the Roush teams are going so well. It was shown on Saturday as 's team won the Unocal Pit Crew championship. finished second and 's team finished third. The No. 17 really stepped up on Saturday. The second year in a row, the first sub-17-second pit stop in the Unocal Pit Crew championship for these guys. Congratulations once again to the DeWalt bunch.
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