BUSCH: Hmiel to pull double duty

SHANE HMIEL TO COMPETE AT BOTH TALLADEGA AND GATEWAY SATURDAY MOORESVILLE, NC (April 26, 2005) -- Shane Hmiel will be in Talladega, Alabama this weekend to compete in the tenth race of the NASCAR Busch series season in the ...

SHANE HMIEL TO COMPETE AT BOTH TALLADEGA AND GATEWAY SATURDAY

MOORESVILLE, NC (April 26, 2005) -- Shane Hmiel will be in Talladega, Alabama this weekend to compete in the tenth race of the NASCAR Busch series season in the #32 WINFUEL Chevrolet. Immediately following the conclusion of the Aaron's 312, Hmiel will board a plane for St. Louis to compete in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race at Gateway International Raceway.

After a promising run at Daytona earlier this season ended with overheating due to a punctured radiator, Hmiel now hopes that luck will be on his side in the second speedway race of the season. "You never know what to expect at Talladega because the unexpected always happens," Shane said. "I've run well at Talladega in the past, and I even finished 3rd there in 2003."

"We're taking the same car that we ran at Daytona earlier this year," the WINFUEL driver said. "The car qualifies decent, but it drafts really well and that's what matters. We were running in the top-five at Daytona, up until we knocked a hole in the radiator and it overheated, but hopefully we will have better luck at Talladega. I hope to have a solid starting position to work my way to the front, lead some laps, and be there to fight for the win at the finish."

Hmiel will be have to be on a tight schedule following the NASCAR Busch race, if he wants to make it to St. Louis in time for the 8:00 p.m. EST start of the NASCAR Craftsman Truck race. b^0x001cI'm looking forward to the challenge of running the Busch race at Talladega and then getting on the plane and heading to St. Louis for the Craftsman Truck race at Gateway that night," Hmiel said. "Hopefully we will have a good run in the #32 WINFUEL Chevrolet, and then I can get on the plane and rest as much as possible on the way up to St. Louis."

"Regan Smith is going to practice the truck and qualify it for me, while I am running the Busch race and traveling," Hmiel explained. "It will definitely be challenging to run 312 miles at in the draft at Talladega, and then to start from the back and run 200 miles at Gateway in the #15 Billy Ballew Motorsports truck. I am lucky to have a wonderful owner Todd Braun and sponsor WINFUEL that allow me to challenge myself and continue to compete in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series."

Follow all of the breathtaking action as Shane Hmiel and the #32 WINFUEL team head south this weekend for the second restrictor plate race of the season. Live coverage of the Aaron's 312 at Talladega Superspeedway begins Saturday on Fox at 2:00 p.m. EST. Following the Busch race, Shane will travel to St. Louis for the Dodge Ram Tough 200 at Gateway International Raceway. Live coverage begins on SPEED Channel at 8:00 p.m. EST.

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Series NASCAR XFINITY , NASCAR Truck
Drivers Shane Hmiel , Regan Smith