Hmiel's actions childish, self indulgent

There is nothing more boring than a 23-year-old 'never was' trying to get in the face of a NASCAR champion. Somewhere, Shane Hmiel should be hanging his head in shame. And if he's not he's more of a pompous blowhard than thought. Hmiel has won...

There is nothing more boring than a 23-year-old 'never was' trying to get in the face of a NASCAR champion. Somewhere, Shane Hmiel should be hanging his head in shame. And if he's not he's more of a pompous blowhard than thought.

Hmiel has won one race. Not a Cup race, not a Busch race, a Truck race!

Yawn.

Big deal. They could strap Jim Utter into Kevin Harvick's truck and I am pretty sure sooner or later he could win one race.

At Bristol, Hmiel had the unmitigated gall to think he is so important and such a necessity to this sport that he punted veteran Dale Jarrett then later gave him the finger.

What a little toad.

After the exchange between Jarrett and Hmiel post race, Hmiel stated on TV "he (Jarrett) said he was going to get me and all that stuff, he better hurry up he ain't got much time left."

Who's this punk kidding?

Hmiel hasn't done anything spectacular in his career. And I got to tell you the way he drives it's unlikely that he ever will. As of record, his most prominent achievement is finishing 16th in Busch Series points.

Wow. Impressive.

In contrast, Jarrett has 31 wins (including 3 Daytona 500's) and a Nextel Cup series trophy. When Jarrett chooses to retire he can do so with the pride and knowledge that he has added much to this sport.

The cocky rock star attitude of some of the younger drivers is nauseating. At least it is semi-palatable when a driver who has earned something in his career goes off half-cocked about a veteran driver. But some punk who's only won one NASCAR race in four years? Jarrett should have kicked his skinny read end from one end of pit road to the other.

But he has too much class for that.

Hmiel is going to wise up real soon and figure out that you've got to have some friends out their on the race track or you are going to spend a lot of time hanging off the hook of the tow truck.

NASCAR in response to Hmiel's obscene gesture fined him 25 points and $10,000. It's not enough. If NASCAR doesn't start to control some of these brash up-and-comers they are going to have a real problem on their hands.

Sure, fights make good TV but when you pit people against each other and everyone is looking for their own brand of retribution something calamitous is going to happen. And they cannot afford the PR disaster of one of their rising stars sending a veteran into the wall and someone getting seriously hurt or worse.

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Series NASCAR
Drivers Dale Jarrett , Kevin Harvick , Shane Hmiel