Darlington: Shane Hmiel preview

Hmiel Hopes He's Tough Enough To Tame The 'Lady in Black' MOORESVILLE, NC - (November 9, 2004) The 'Lady in Black' is deeply ingrained in South Carolina tradition, it oozes with many years of rich racing history. Drivers like Johnny Mantz,...

Hmiel Hopes He's Tough Enough To Tame The 'Lady in Black'

MOORESVILLE, NC - (November 9, 2004) The 'Lady in Black' is deeply ingrained in South Carolina tradition, it oozes with many years of rich racing history. Drivers like Johnny Mantz, Charlie Glotzbach, Cale Yarborough, David Pearson and Dale Earnhardt have etched their names into the record books with memory making performances on the egg-shaped 1.366 mile oval. History will again be made on the track that is 'Too Tough to Tame' when Shane Hmiel in his TRIMSPA Chevrolet and the rest of the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series drivers shine under the lights for the first time ever at Darlington Raceway.

"I like Darlington because of all the racing tradition," Hmiel said. "There is so much history and so many famous drivers who have won there. I would love to add my name to the list. It will definitely be different racing under the lights at Darlington. The trucks will be making history own there by being the only NASCAR Series to run at night. Darlington is already a narrow track to handle even before they put in the safer barriers which makes it now even narrower. I can only imagine how much fun it will be racing there at night. You'll have to be on your game to make your way around this track. Darlington beats up on your tires so you have to try to use patience and not use them up at the beginning of the run. The key at Darlington is to have a great handling race car because the track looses grip so fast. Darlington keeps you up on the wheel the whole race, especially when you are trying to pass. I can only imagine how exciting it will be this weekend."

Hmiel plans on some good old fashion kind of racing to keep sparks flying while trying to slide his way into the top ten with only two races remaining. Hmiel is currently in the 12th point's position only 81 points out of 10th place. Hmiel is planning on gaining those points by the end of the last race in Homestead and claiming a seat at the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Banquet.

"I think if we have two good runs finishing up near the top three we can get in to the top-10 in points in the TRIMSPA Chevrolet, Hmiel said. If we do make it up I think we'll actually end up around 8th or 9th in overall points for the year. The Billy Ballew Motorsports team has worked so hard this season and I'd like to bring a top-10 trophy home for them. Ritchie (Wauters) and every one of those guys on that team put 100% in to these trucks and it shows. I think we have a good chance to bring home a victory."

The NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Darlington 200 can be seen on SPEED live at 8:00 p.m. ET, MRN and XM Satellite Radio at 7:30 p.m. ET. Hmiel who is keeping up the double duty will be in the No. 32 Team TRIMSPA NASCAR Busch car on Saturday. That race will be broadcast live at 1 p.m. ET on TNT, MRN and XM Satellite Radio.

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Dale Earnhardt , Shane Hmiel , Charlie Glotzbach , David Pearson