Hmiel Rockets Through the Pack in the Line-X 200 MOORESVILLE, NC (July 28, 2004) -- Shane Hmiel and the No. 15 Billy Ballew Motorsports team managed to break the track record at Michigan International Speedway with a qualifying lap of 40.274 ...
Hmiel Rockets Through the Pack in the Line-X 200
MOORESVILLE, NC (July 28, 2004) -- Shane Hmiel and the No. 15 Billy Ballew Motorsports team managed to break the track record at Michigan International Speedway with a qualifying lap of 40.274 seconds (178.775 m.p.h.). Unfortunately rain came down on the track just after Hmiel's second lap postponing and eventually canceling qualifying. The record does not stand due to the qualifying session not being completed.
"Just the luck we've seemed to have the last few races," Hmiel said. "We've just hit a streak of it. We're running great but some silly things just keep happening. I've been racing since I was 8 years old in go-karts. It took me a long time to get my first win and when I did, winning seemed to come much easier. I know I'll cherish my first win in a major NASCAR series race more because I'm waiting so long."
Points determined the starting line up for the LINE-X 200 Spray-On Truck Bedliners 200 at Michigan International Speedway placing Hmiel in the 20th starting position. Hmiel managed to have an excellent run in the No. 15 Chevrolet Silverado with the DEI rocket under the hood, climbing rapidly to the top-5 where he stayed for the majority of the race. During a caution Hmiel made his first pit stop for some minor adjustments. Hmiel took four tires whereas some teams only took two. Hmiel came into the pits third position and went out of the pits in the 12th position. Hmiel's second stop was slow as well when a lug nut got hung up and Hmiel had to return to the pits for a penalty.
"Our first stop, some of the teams took two tires where we took four," Hmiel said. "The guys have been practicing our stops and been getting better but a lug nut didn't get on and we had to serve a penalty. It's frustrating but I make mistakes on the track and I know there will be mistakes in the pits. It's just a part of it. The guys on this team work night and day on these trucks it's hard to be angry long."
Hmiel restarted 25th and gained 17 positions in the last 27 laps finishing the race in the 8th place position.
"We had an awesome truck that was capable of winning," Hmiel said. "We restarted 25th and made it up to 8th within 25 or so laps. How can you be mad about that? It was a good point's day and a solid top ten finish. We'll be back next week at IRP in a brand new Silverado for the race under the lights. IRP is one of my favorite tracks so we are planning a great weekend for Billy Ballew Motorsports and Earl Small's Harley-Davidson."
Shane Hmiel will be playing double duty not only joining the rest of the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series drivers Aug 6th for the Power Stroke Diesel 200 at Indianapolis Raceway Park in Indianapolis, IN but will also be driving in the No. 38 Great Clips NASCAR Busch car for the running of the Kroger 200 presented by Tom Raper RVs August 7th, 2004.