BUSCH: Charlotte: Shane Hmiel pre-race notes

Shane Hmiel / Braun Racing Quick Facts: - BR20 is a brand new car that will make its debut under the lights in Charlotte - Shane Hmiel tested BR20 at Charlotte, May 9 & 10, where he posted the second fastest time unofficially at a speed of ...

Shane Hmiel / Braun Racing Quick Facts:

- BR20 is a brand new car that will make its debut under the lights in Charlotte

- Shane Hmiel tested BR20 at Charlotte, May 9 & 10, where he posted the second fastest time unofficially at a speed of 183.032 mph on Monday

- Hmiel's best Charlotte finish in a Busch car came in October 2002 when he finished 10th

- Shane's other Busch series finishes recorded at Charlotte are 31st or worse

Shane Hmiel about Lowe's Motor Speedway :

"I've always said that Charlotte is my worst track. I have just never liked it and I have never had good luck there, with the exception of one 10th place finish in 2002. In the past, the track has been extremely fast, but there hasn't been any grip and that is not a good combination, especially when you consider the bumps in turns 3 & 4. I think that turn 3 at Lowe's is one of the most difficult on the Busch schedule, if not the most difficult. Used to you would carry lots of speed into turn 3 off of the backstretch, with no grip in the racetrack, and then you would have to deal with the bumps in the track on top of that."

Hmiel about testing Lowe's Motor Speedway after recent track improvements:

"Our Braun Racing/WINFUEL team had a really good test at Charlotte. I was interested to get to the test and see how big of a difference the work on the track really made. I have to say that everyone at Lowe's Motor Speedway did a really good job improving the condition of the track. There is definitely a lot more grip in the track and the bumps have even been smoothed out a little. The improvements are going to make for great side by side racing because there are multiple grooves in the corners now. I am really looking forward to coming back to race on Saturday night at Lowe's. The fans are definitely going to see a much better race here, than they have in years past. Both of the cars that we brought here to test a pretty close in the speeds that we're able to run, but BR20 just feels a little more comfortable to me. BR20 is a brand new car that's really fast and we're going to bring it back here to Charlotte to compete for the win. We're looking forward to getting back to a 1.5 mile track where we've run so well all year, and hopefully we can put this WINFUEL Chevrolet in victory lane at home."

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Drivers Shane Hmiel