RaybestosÂ® Rookie Contender Shane Hmiel In The No. 47 Thomas Pacconi Classics Chevrolet Won The Bud Pole For The Busch 200 At New Hampshire International Speedway. Hmiel Captured The Second Pole In His 11TH Career Start. This Is The Second Pole...
Raybestos® Rookie Contender Shane Hmiel In The No. 47 Thomas Pacconi Classics Chevrolet Won The Bud Pole For The Busch 200 At New Hampshire International Speedway. Hmiel Captured The Second Pole In His 11TH Career Start. This Is The Second Pole Of The Season For Hmiel (He Also Grabbed The Top Starting Spot At Nashville). The Busch 200 Is The Third Time This Season Hmiel Has Been Top Qualifying Raybestos® Rookie (Rockingham, Nashville, And New Hampshire).
"It's a good lap for us. I don't know if it will be good enough for the pole. Who knows? I'm hoping the track will heat up and everyone else will slow down, now that my teammate and I have ran. This just shows how good my team is once again. We got a little bit more experience. I know we sat on the pole at Nashville and didn't race as well as we should have. If we sit on the pole here today I promise you we will race as well as we qualified. This is a fun track for me. It's like my old days; racing at a little old bullring (except) it has half-mile straightaways. You can really hustle a car around. Mine was sliding through the corners and we ran that fast. I really enjoy it. It's a lot of fun."
DID THE TRACK CHANGE FROM PRACTICE TO QUALIFYING?
"I think it was okay. I was a little free in the center. I don't know why but I felt like if I stood in the gas I could fix the loose problem and it sure did."
WHAT ABOUT RACING AT THIS TRACK?
"I think it's going to be good racing. I don't know where other guys are running but I'm running on the new asphalt and I really enjoy it. I raced all over the new asphalt: up on it,
down on it, wherever. It makes the racing a lot of fun. I've never raced here except on a video game. It's exciting to be here."
IS THERE ANY GRIP ON THE NEW ASPHALT?
"That's where the best grip is for my car. I drive in the corner and if I ever get sideways I just have to find the new asphalt and it tightens me right up."
SCOTT RIGGS NO. 10 NESTLE NESQUIK FORD, QUALIFIED NINTH.
"I wish we could have backed up what we practiced. It was just a little slick, the nose of the car pushing across the racetrack out there and we couldn't get what we needed."
COULD YOU TELL A BIG CHANGE IN TRACK CONDITIONS FROM THE END OF PRACTICE TO QUALIFYING?
"I couldn't tell a big change. We made some changes on the racecar and we tightened it up just a little bit. That was our problem: we were just a little too tight. I don't know if we went too far or the track changed on us or what."
HAVE YOU BEEN ON THE NEW PAVEMENT AT THE BOTTOM OF THE TRACK?
"I've been down there. It's too flat down there to be able to really use it any. I think a lot of people have been using their left-sides on it a little bit to help them. As far as getting down there and making a race of it, it will be impossible, I think."
CASEY MEARS, NO. 66 PHILLIPS 66 DODGE, QUALIFIED 21ST.
"We probably would have been a lot better but we were loose getting in (to the corner). The track got slicker. We were already kind of free and it made our problem worse. Getting in I was really loose, coming off the car was great. I'm not happy with it; I'm okay with it. At the end of the day if I'm in the top-20, I think I'll be all right."