SHANE HMIEL, No. 47 Thomas Pacconi Classics Chevrolet Was The RaybestosÂ® Rookie Of The Race In The Busch 200. Hmiel Finished Fourth, His Best Finish In 11 Career Busch Series Starts And His Second Top-Five Of The Season (He Finished Fifth At ...
SHANE HMIEL, No. 47 Thomas Pacconi Classics Chevrolet Was The Raybestos® Rookie Of The Race In The Busch 200. Hmiel Finished Fourth, His Best Finish In 11 Career Busch Series Starts And His Second Top-Five Of The Season (He Finished Fifth At Daytona). Hmiel Has Now Been Top Finishing Rookie Twice This Season (Daytona And New Hampshire). He Led The Busch Twice For 61 Laps, The Second Race This Season He Has Led.
"That was an excellent run. We put on two tires and it was an excellent call by crew chief Gere Kennon. Todd (Bodine) and I raced our guts out. Nobody had anything for the 25 (race winner Bobby Hamilton Jr.). He's pretty dominate and he's been dominate for weeks. Boy, we raced hard. That shows how good this team is. Two tires was the way to go. We couldn't hardly pass all day so two tires was the way to go. It was excellent and it really shows how good our team is. Gere Kennon and the crew made call to put two tires on at the end and I thought that was excellent. It would have been hard to finish fourth with four tires. My hat's off to everybody. I really appreciate the opportunity that George deBidart and everybody on the crew gave me. What a fantastic car and what a fun day to race."
THIS IS THE SECOND TOP-FIVE OF YOUR YOUNG CAREER.
"I'm just trying really hard. I know it might sound stupid because everybody is trying hard. As a driver I have to get better as far as telling my crew what the car needs. We learned a lot in the last couple of weeks as far as what I want. It's just a lot of fun racing with these good guys because a lot of them are better than I am."
DID THE NEW ASPHALT MAKE FOR GOOD RACING TODAY?
"Shoot yeah. You could get out of the marbles or what they say is the marbles. It wasn't out of control for me. My hat's off to New Hampshire International Speedway and whoever is in charge. All racetracks should be this fun to run."
SCOTT RIGGS, NO. 10 Nestle Nesquik Ford, Finished Seventh. Riggs Is The Leading Raybestos® Rookie Contender. He Leads Hmiel By 47 Points (161-47) Following The Busch 200.
"I'm glad to come away with the racecar in one piece. We missed it (setup) there and had to really run some crazy line out there to get my car to get around the racetrack and make a pretty decent lap. It was something we overlooked. I don't know if something is bent on the racecar or if it's something we didn't see or couldn't find. We made wholesale changes yesterday and never really saw any difference in the balance of the racecar. I know Harold (Holly, crew chief) is going to figure it all out. As a matter of fact we just rolled it up on the trailer and one of the truck arms is bent. We didn't hit anything out there. I don't know what's going on; maybe that was something that was hurting us. My hat's off to all the guys on the team. They did a good job. When you're not right and you don't have something to win a race you've got to come away with a good finish and that's what we did."
HOW DIFFERENT WAS RACING HERE WITH THE NEW PAVEMENT?
"It gives you a little more room and gives you a little more racing room to work with. I needed every bit of it. I used every single inch of the racetrack today. I had to go in very low and let it sweep all the way out to the old groove and try to cut back across and make a big diamond out of the corners. I couldn't get racy with people because I couldn't get side by side and get a really good run off the corner because it was too tight. I know these guys are going to figure it out and keep getting us better."
ARE YOU DISAPPOINTED TO FINISH SEVENTH?
"I'm disappointed that we couldn't find what was wrong. If something had happened and relegated us back to seventh is one thing but to have something that we couldn't find on the racecar and couldn't put our finger on it to get it fixed that's just frustrating. Knowing how serious Harold Holly is about his racing, he'll be up all night tonight trying to figure it out."