BUSCH: Phoenix: Shane Hmiel race notes

Late Wreck Foils Potential Top 10 Run For Hmiel, Team TRIMSPA in Phoenix Phoenix, AZ (November 7, 2004) - Shane Hmiel ran in the top ten for the majority of the Bashas' Supermarket 200 at Phoenix International Raceway on Saturday. Hmiel,...

Late Wreck Foils Potential Top 10 Run For Hmiel, Team TRIMSPA in Phoenix

Phoenix, AZ (November 7, 2004) - Shane Hmiel ran in the top ten for the majority of the Bashas' Supermarket 200 at Phoenix International Raceway on Saturday. Hmiel, who was driving his second race in the TRIMSPA X32 Dodge, was spun from behind with three laps to go.

"We were just racing hard there in the end trying to get a good finish," said Hmiel. "I was a little loose off the turns and Harvick got into me. I hate it for the TRIMSPA Team because we had a top 10 car."

Hmiel qualified for the 200 lap event in the 11th position, but climbed into ninth by the first pit stop on lap 36. After running in the top 10 for the first 130 laps, Hmiel dropped to the 11th position by the final stop on lap 149. In the closing stages of the race, Hmiel was climbing back toward the top ten after restarting 13th. However, a comeback was not in the making as a bump from behind inside the final three laps relegated Hmiel to a 32nd-place finish.

"The guys gave me three great fifteen second stops," said Hmiel. "I hate it for them most of all. But the good news is, this car was scheduled to have a new 2005 Monte Carlo body hung on it, and we weren't going to take it to the track again this season. We are racing to win every time we go to the track. We were a front runner again this weekend but sometimes you just don't come out on top."

Team TRIMSPA has two more races left in the 2004 NASCAR Busch Series season. Next weekend they head to the BI-LO 200 at Darlington Raceway on Saturday, November 13th. The event will be televised live at 1 p.m. eastern time on TNT and broadcast nationally at that same time on radio stations affiliated with MRN and XM Satellite Radio Channel 144.

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