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BUSCH: Daytona: Shame Hmiel preview

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BUSCH: Daytona: Shame Hmiel preview
Feb 17, 2005, 12:40 AM

Shane Hmiel / Braun Racing Quick Facts: - Shane Hmiel finished 5th in his first NASCAR Busch Series race at Daytona in 2002 - The newly unveiled WINFUEL Chevrolet will make its debut in the "Hershey's Take 5 300" - Braun Racing has entered ...

Shane Hmiel / Braun Racing Quick Facts:

- Shane Hmiel finished 5th in his first NASCAR Busch Series race at Daytona in 2002

- The newly unveiled WINFUEL Chevrolet will make its debut in the "Hershey's Take 5 300"

- Braun Racing has entered into a three year alliance with Dale Earnhardt Inc. to run DEI engines

Shane Hmiel on the 2005 Busch season:

"I'm really looking forward to getting the season started. It has been a good off-season, and we've had our time to get prepared. It feels good to come to the track with a sponsor, especially one that is as high-profile and committed to winning as WINFUEL. With the support that we are getting from DEI (engines) and Chevrolet, we really excited about getting the season started. The cars are the best I've ever had, and I think they are the best that Todd Braun and Todd Lohse have ever had. We're really looking forward to putting the WINFUEL Chevy in victory lane and making a run for the championship."

Hmiel on Racing at Daytona International Speedway:

"I would be really surprised if we don't run inside the top-five, as good as our car was in testing. We were able to take it back to the shop and make it a little better. I think that bad luck is going to hurt some people during the race, and hopefully it doesn't hurt us. People put so much emphasis on this race and the other restrictor plate races; it actually bothers me a little bit because I care so much about the other thirty-two races. I have really fast cars here, but I'm really looking forward to California and Mexico. This weekend I'm going to qualify as best I can, and I'm going to try to run with Martin Truex and Dale (Earnhardt) Jr. during the race. During testing I thought that we had three of the top four best cars, along with Kevin Harvick. I'm going to try to push those guys all day long, until the last few laps. I've had a couple of good finishes here, and at the other speedways, and the best I've ever done is when I've pushed someone all day long and the raced at the end."

Todd Braun's Outlook on the 2005 Busch season:

"We're very excited about switching over to Chevrolet and about our alliance with DEI (Dale Earnhardt Incorporated). DEI has a top-notch engine program and we're ecstatic about having their engines in all of Braun Racing's Chevrolets. Shane Hmiel is a really talented up and coming driver, and we're happy to have him behind the wheel. I think that we have put all of the pieces together to have a legitimate shot at the Busch championship."

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