BUSCH: Shane Hmiel to pilot Braun Racing's Dodge

Shane Hmiel Takes Over TRIMSPA Dodge Through 2005 Mooresville, NC (October 27, 2004) -- Braun Racing announced today that Shane Hmiel will be the new driver of the TRIMSPA X32 Dodge starting this weekend in the Aarons 312 at Atlanta Motor ...

Shane Hmiel Takes Over TRIMSPA Dodge Through 2005

Mooresville, NC (October 27, 2004) -- Braun Racing announced today that Shane Hmiel will be the new driver of the TRIMSPA X32 Dodge starting this weekend in the Aarons 312 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Hmeil, who has signed with Braun Racing through 2005, will immediately take over the seat vacated when driver David Stremme signed with the Navy and Fitz Bradshaw Racing.

"I talked to Armando (Fitz) in Memphis and we decided it was best to start focusing on both of our programs for next year," said Todd Braun, owner of Braun Racing. "David Stremme has done an excellent job driving the TRIMSPA Dodge this season, and we wish him all the best with his new team and sponsor."

Adding to the excitement at Braun Racing for 2004 is the news that current sponsor TRIMSPA has signed with Braun Racing for three more years. Braun Racing will also switch manufacturers from Dodge to Chevrolet and run Dale Earnhardt Inc. engines in its cars.

"TRIMSPA is proud to have Shane Hmiel join Team TRIMSPA as our driver in the X32 Dodge for the remainder of the 2004 season," said Alex Goen, TRIMSPA CEO. "Anyone who has seen Shane race knows that he is incredibly intent on winning, he is one of the most naturally talented drivers out there but what sets him apart is his heart and determination something we as an organization can relate to. For us the drive for the 2005 Championship starts today. "

Todd Lohse will resume crew chief duties for the TRIMSPA X32 Dodge, however a manufacturer swap will not be completed until later in the season.

"The caliber of commitment TRIMSPA gave Braun Racing by resigning for three years is exceptional," said Todd Braun. "We expect to compete for the championship next season. With Shane Hmiel, TRIMSPA, and DEI engines we will now have the resources to do it."

Shane Hmiel will also complete the 2004 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series season in the No. 15 TRIMSPA Chevy Silverado where he already has a win and two top fives this season.

"I am very thankful for the opportunity to step into such a competitive Busch ride," said Hmiel. "TRIMSPA and I both have a strong commitment to winning which makes this a perfect match."

Team TRIMSPA will head to the Atlanta Motor Speedway for its first race with Shane Hmiel this weekend to compete in the Aaron's 312 Saturday, October 30th. The event will be televised live at 1 p.m. eastern time on TNT and will broadcast nationally at that same time on radio stations affiliated with PRN and XM Satellite Radio Channel 144.

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Dale Earnhardt , Shane Hmiel , David Stremme