MOORESVILLE, NC (August 16, 2004) --Shane Hmiel and the No. 15 Billy Ballew Motorsports team headed to Nashville Superspeedway with high hopes this past weekend for the Toyota Tundra 200 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race. Hmiel who qualified 5th...
MOORESVILLE, NC (August 16, 2004) --Shane Hmiel and the No. 15 Billy Ballew Motorsports team headed to Nashville Superspeedway with high hopes this past weekend for the Toyota Tundra 200 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race. Hmiel who qualified 5th was hoping to duplicate the pole position he won in Nashville during his rookie season in the NASCAR Busch Series.
"We had a great truck during practice; except when the water hose broke off, right after my mock qualifying run and sprayed me with 280 degree water," Hmiel said. "I wish our qualifying time was a bit faster so we could have come closer to getting the pole. But I'm not complaining, we'll take a top five starting spot anytime."
From the start of the race Hmiel claimed the truck was tight and wouldn't turn in the corners. He continued to lose track position so crew chief Ritchie Wauters made the decision to pit during the first caution on lap 39th. The pit crew put some wedge in the rear of the truck and lowered the air pressure in the tires trying to loosen-up the No. 15 Chevrolet Silverado. Hmiel's problems continued and the Billy Ballew Motorsports team worked during each caution to fix the ill handling race truck. Able to hold on, Hmiel was able to bring home his Chevrolet in the 11th place position.
"It wasn't a good day for the Earl Small's Harley-Davidson race truck but we finished," Hmiel said. "We were tight all day and nothing we did would free it up. The guys in the pits did a great job but I just don't know where we missed it today because they always give us a great Silverado. Today I just rode around and felt like we'd barely finish. We just continued to try to adjust the truck but nothing seemed to stick. It was a decent point's day and that's all you can ask for. We'll get back to our winning form shortly and get this Silverado to victory lane yet."
Hmiel and the rest of the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series teams have an off weekend next week. They will return for Wednesday, August 25th at 7:00 p.m. ET for the running of the O'Reilly 200 by Valvoline Maxlife at Bristol Motor Speedway.