Hmiel Runs Close... But Runs Out MOORESVILLE, NC (September 19, 2004) -- Shane Hmiel once again came close to his first victory in a major NASCAR touring event at New Hampshire International Speedway during the Sylvania 200. ...
Hmiel Runs Close... But Runs Out
MOORESVILLE, NC (September 19, 2004) -- Shane Hmiel once again came close to his first victory in a major NASCAR touring event at New Hampshire International Speedway during the Sylvania 200. Unfortunately Hmiel's day did not end in victory. The No. 15 Billy Ballew Motorsports Silverado ran out of gas on lap 199.
"It's just been our luck this season having some crazy things happen," Hmiel said. "I thought for sure that I'd have my first win here tonight but 'ONCE' again it didn't happen. We led a lot of laps and had the fastest lap on the track, so I can't complain. We will move on from here and pick it back up in Vegas."
Hmiel ran in the top-5 and led many laps in the first half of the race. He pitted for his last stop on lap 119 when many others stayed out. The Dale Earnhardt, Inc. pit crew went over the wall and got the Silverado out quick, giving him four tires and fuel only. The team thought for sure the Alpharetta-Self Storage, D & D Aviation Silverado was good on fuel. Their calculations showed that Hmiel would not have to stop again during the race. Since many other teams did not pit, Hmiel restarted in the 19th position.
"Man, with the fuel thing, we thought we had those calculations down - especially with all the caution laps," Hmiel said. "Just one more lap. Maybe I just didn't conserve enough fuel by running hard through traffic to get back up front."
Hmiel has come close to victory several times this season. His closest margin to victory just came a few weeks back in Bristol. Hmiel placed second to Carl Edwards by only .325 seconds.
"I really want a win for the team," Hmiel said. "I've become more and more determined to win. I know we have the team, equipment and power. Billy, Ritchie (Wauters) and every one of those guys at that shop that keep this Chevrolet Silverado upfront, deserve a win. Guess we just need all the stars to line up. Thanks to D& D Aviation and Alpharetta Self-Storage helping us this weekend and DEI's crew; they did awesome tonight."
The NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series starts its West Coast swing. The first stop is Las Vegas Motor Speedway for the Las Vegas 350 Saturday, September 25th. The race will be broadcast live on the SPEED Channel at 10:00PM EST.