Martinsville II: Shane Hmiel preview

MOORESVILLE, NC (October 20, 2004) --The NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series has just completed a run of four races, all on tracks in excess of one-mile in length. Driver Shane Hmiel in the No. 15 TRIMSPA Chevrolet is ready for return to the close ...

MOORESVILLE, NC (October 20, 2004) --The NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series has just completed a run of four races, all on tracks in excess of one-mile in length. Driver Shane Hmiel in the No. 15 TRIMSPA Chevrolet is ready for return to the close proximity side by side action that short tracks provide. Hmiel, with great past success on short tracks, will head to Martinsville Speedway this weekend for the running of the Kroger 200.

"I am ready to go short track racing in Martinsville," Hmiel said. "It's an old NASCAR track with some cool history and a lot of great racing. It has been fun racing on all the super speedways in the truck for the last month or so. I even had my first win in Las Vegas, but I'm ready to get back to some shorter, tighter tracks, close to home."

Hmiel will be making only his second appearance at Martinsville Speedway and he hopes to turn around his results from the spring race. Hmiel, driving the Billy Ballew Motorsports prepared TRIMSPA Chevrolet ran up front for the majority of the March race until a costly mechanical problem ended their day.

"This will only be my second time racing at Martinsville," Hmiel said. "I plan on improving the No. 15 Silverado's finish from the spring. We were running in the top five all day until a gear broke and unfortunately that was the end of our race in Martinsville. I know the truck will come out of the shop perfect, so I'm not worried about a repeat. Those guys haven't given me a bad truck to drive all year."

Martinsville Speedway is known for action packed events with drama on and off the track. The Kroger 200 is sure to bring some drama of its own. The NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series season is dwindling down and the point's battle is heating up. Drivers will be doing everything they can to gain points in this four race sprint to the finish out the 2004 season.

"Short tracks are my favorite. I'm looking forward to getting up on the wheel and having some fun. It will be a great race for fans. I'm sure there will some beating and banging going on. Points are on everyone's minds now, including mine. I just want to keep my truck's nose clean and bring home another good finish for Billy Ballew Motorsports."

The Kroger 200 can be seen on SPEED Channel at 1:00 p.m. ET Saturday, October 23, 2004. For information or tickets to the Kroger 200 visit Martinsville Speedway online at www.MartinsvilleSpeedway.com.

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Series NASCAR Truck
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