BUSCH: Indy IRP: Shane Hmiel preview

MOORESVILLE, NC (August 3, 2004) -- In a field full of NEXTEL Cup and Busch Series regulars, Shane Hmiel and the No. 15 Earl Small's Harley-Davidson NASCAR Craftsman truck team are heading to Indianapolis Raceway Park hoping to get the win they've...

MOORESVILLE, NC (August 3, 2004) -- In a field full of NEXTEL Cup and Busch Series regulars, Shane Hmiel and the No. 15 Earl Small's Harley-Davidson NASCAR Craftsman truck team are heading to Indianapolis Raceway Park hoping to get the win they've been waiting for. Hmiel will not only drive in Friday nights Power Stroke Diesel 200 NASCAR Craftsman Truck event but he will also substitute for Kasey Kahne in the No. 38 Great Clips car for Saturday nights NASCAR Busch Series event.

"There is a great group of drivers coming in this weekend for the truck race and I'm looking forward to racing with them," Hmiel said. "I'm not worried; our Silverado's been fast all year. I've raced with some of these guys before plus I really like the track. I've run well there in the Busch Series the past two years. Last year I started on the pole and finished fourth after leading a good portion of the race."

Hmiel was the recipient of the Bud Pole Award and dominated the majority of last year's NASCAR Busch Race, leading 153 laps.

"I'd like to make this weekend at IRP back-to-back wins and have the No. 15 truck win on Friday and the No. 38 Busch car on Saturday," Hmiel stated.

The Billy Ballew Motorsports team has been running in the top 5 for the last few months but small errors have been costly. Inexperience has been a contributing factor to the teams' pit stops. But the team is bringing in some heavy hitter's to possibly increase Hmiel's chances for a win.

"For the race this weekend we are taking the same Chevrolet Silverado truck we've had successful runs in this season. It's been tough the last few races where we should have won. We've only beaten ourselves out of the wins. Hopefully we've fixed the problems that are causing us to not to finish in the top spot. This week we've put it all together for race day and hopefully it will help us reach our first victory in the No. 15 Billy Ballew Motorsports Silverado."

The NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Power Stroke Diesel 200 will be broadcast live Friday at 8:00 pm ET on SPEED Channel, MRN Radio and XM Satellite radio. The NASCAR Busch Series Kroger 200 race starts at 8:00 pm ET and will be broadcast live on TNT, MRN and XM Satellite radio.

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Series NASCAR XFINITY , NASCAR Truck
Drivers Shane Hmiel , Kasey Kahne