Hmiel Salvages Top-10 in Texas MOORESVILLE, NC (October 17, 2004) -Shane Hmiel salvaged a hard fought top-10 finish after a wild, caution filled race at Texas Motor Speedway. Hmiel, starting in the second position, looked as if he would be ...
Hmiel Salvages Top-10 in Texas
MOORESVILLE, NC (October 17, 2004) -Shane Hmiel salvaged a hard fought top-10 finish after a wild, caution filled race at Texas Motor Speedway. Hmiel, starting in the second position, looked as if he would be the truck to beat in the Silverado 350k. A series of incidents on the track put any thoughts of victory aside. First Hmiel and David Starr got together when Hmiel got loose racing for position, causing minor body damage to the No. 15 TRIMSPA Chevrolet. Later in the race Hmiel and Matt Crafton got together forcing Crafton into the wall while side by side racing in the center of the turn one corner. When the caution flew, Hmiel was forced to enter the pits and fix the front valance on the Billy Ballew Motorsports prepared Chevrolet.
"We ended up 10th after everything that happened in the race today so I can't complain," Hmiel said. "I hate that I got in to some people, I surely didn't mean it. The racing was fast and three wide maybe even too many times. I just hate how this race played out because I thought we had this TRIMSPA Chevrolet set up to win today. It's the same truck we took to Vegas and won the race with but it sure looks different now."
Hmiel started his march back to the front when Bill Lester got into David Reutimann sending them both hard into the wall pounding the safer barriers. Reutimann came back across the track causing race trucks to scramble to avoid the No. 17. Hmiel's race truck took a wild ride threw the grass, while Reutimann hit hard into pit wall. Reutimann and Lester were both transferred to a local hospital for observation.
"This race was really crazy," Hmiel said. "I am not sure if it was aggressive driving with only five races left or what. It seemed like people didn't have any patience with each other. I just hope David (Reutimann) and Carl (Lester) are OK. David took a big hit there. I can't believe I missed it; I have to thank my spotter for that."
On lap 109, Hmiel, Tracy Hines and Brandon Whitt were three wide when Mike Skinner was off the pace heading towards the pits crowding the trio again sending the Silverado to the grass. Hmiel, feeling like he may have had a flat decided to pit during the caution to get tires. After the restart Hmiel was able to charge once again towards the front and pull off a tenth place finish for the No. 15 TRIMSPA Chevrolet.
"I thought Tracy knew I was there but he must not have," Hmiel said. "I asked the spotter at the restart to do everything he could to help me avoid anything on the track. I didn't want to beat up the truck more then I already had. I've enjoyed the speedways but I'm ready for the short track at Martinsville. I know the No. 15 team will have the race truck set up and ready to go. We just need to keep the momentum going with some good finishes and a win or two so we can get the Billy Ballew Motorsports Chevrolet team in the top-10 in overall season points."
The NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series has four events left in the 2004 season. The next race is the Kroger 200 at Martinsville Speedway October 23rd at 1:00 p.m.