Nashville: Shane Hmiel preview

MOORESVILLE, NC (August 10, 2004) --Billy Ballew Motorsports is taking the No. 15 NASCAR Craftsman Truck to Nashville hoping that their driver, Shane Hmiel can repeat his past performance and put the Chevrolet Silverado on the pole. Hmiel won his...

MOORESVILLE, NC (August 10, 2004) --Billy Ballew Motorsports is taking the No. 15 NASCAR Craftsman Truck to Nashville hoping that their driver, Shane Hmiel can repeat his past performance and put the Chevrolet Silverado on the pole. Hmiel won his first Bud Pole award of his career at Nashville Superspeedway. He was at only his 7th race of his rookie career in the NASCAR Busch Series. The rookie also took over the title as track-record holder that day with a lap at 161.439 mph, in 29.725 seconds.

[IMAGE][IMAGE] "I'm excited to get back to Nashville. Winning the first Bud Pole of my career in the NASCAR Busch Series and breaking the track record at Nashville is something I will always remember," Hmiel said. "I know that Ritchie and the guys have an excellent truck ready for this week. I'm hoping for a repeat performance and putting the No. 15 Earl Small's Harley-Davidson race truck on the pole for Saturday's race."

Recently, Hmiel took the track-record lap of 40.274 seconds (178.775 mph) during qualifying for the race in Michigan driving the No. 15 Billy Ballew Motorsports NASCAR Craftsman truck. Rain prevented the record from becoming official due to the qualifying session being cancelled by NASCAR. Hmiel was the first and only driver to attempt to qualify.

"We broke the track record at Michigan a few weeks ago in the truck but it wasn't official because qualifying rained out right after my run," Hmiel continued on. "So I hope we have no rain because I'm familiar with the track and feel comfortable there. I love the concrete surfaces. They're the best. There's a ton of bite and that makes it easier on the driver. You can race all over the place. It should be a great race for both the drivers and the fans."

The NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Toyota Tundra 200 will be broadcast live Saturday at 5:00 pm ET on SPEED Channel and on MRN Radio at 4:30 pm ET.

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Shane Hmiel