Hmiel Finishes 6th at IRP MOORESVILLE, NC (August 8, 2004) -- Shane Hmiel in the Billy Ballew Motorsports NASCAR Craftsman truck once again rocketed through the field on his quest for his first NASCAR Series win. Hmiel and the No. 15 Earl...
Hmiel Finishes 6th at IRP
MOORESVILLE, NC (August 8, 2004) -- Shane Hmiel in the Billy Ballew Motorsports NASCAR Craftsman truck once again rocketed through the field on his quest for his first NASCAR Series win. Hmiel and the No. 15 Earl Small's Harley-Davidson NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series team had not been happy with the truck since it rolled off the trailer that morning. Their displeasure with its poor handling and performance continued through out the race. Hmiel was able to overcome some of the adversities and went on to have a powerful 6th place finish in the Power Stroke Diesel 200 at Indianapolis Raceway Park.
"Our truck was just bad all day long," Hmiel said. "It started in practice real loose and in qualifying, it was too tight. It was a disappointing qualifying run for us and we had to start 17th but I knew we would move up."
Early in the race Hmiel started to become concerned about the air pressure in the right front tire and was looking for a caution to come out to get the adjustments he had been desperately requesting. Steve Hmiel from the spotters stand and crew chief Ritchie Wauters collaborated on the adjustments to be made on the pit stop. The over the wall crew borrowed from the No. 74 NASCAR Busch Series team got Hmiel in and out of the pits in impressive amount of time.
"I swore our first set of tires were too low on air pressure," Hmiel said. "I was tight in the middle and off the corners. We had a terrible truck from the start of the day but we had some good pit strategies and some excellent stops. The guys did a great job in the pits. It was a fun night overall, to finish 6th and not have our truck beat up is great. Ritchie and the guys back at the shop have given me the best race trucks in the last few months and I've had bad finishes. Tonight our truck wasn't very good and I finished 6th. It just figures, but we'll take it."
Hmiel substituted for Kasey Kahne in the No. 38 Great Clips car at Saturdays NASCAR Busch Series race and finished 12th after being involved in an accident earlier in the race.
The NASCAR Craftsman Truck series will be back in action next week in the Toyota Tundra 200 at Nashville Speedway Saturday August 14th.