BUSCH: Nashville: Shane Hmiel race notes

SHANE HMIEL AND WINFUEL TEAM GET BACK ON TRACK IN THE MUSIC CITY Lebanon, TN (March 26, 2005) -- Shane Hmiel got his championship hopes back on track in the Pepsi 300 at Nashville Superspeedway when he equaled his career best finish of...

SHANE HMIEL AND WINFUEL TEAM GET BACK ON TRACK IN THE MUSIC CITY

Lebanon, TN (March 26, 2005) -- Shane Hmiel got his championship hopes back on track in the Pepsi 300 at Nashville Superspeedway when he equaled his career best finish of third place, for the fourth time in his career.

"My WINFUEL team did a really good job in the pits to get me in and out quick," Hmiel said. "Great job by my crew chief Todd Lohse and the guys to get this car turned around from last weekend in Atlanta. I'm tired of running third; I can't seem to finish better than that. Thereare a lot of people that would be happy to run third, and I'm happy about it because it's a good points day for us, but I want to take this WINFUEL Chevrolet to victory lane. Everything is going to work our way one day and I'm going to win one of these Busch races soon."

The majority of the Pepsi 300 was dominated by rookie sensation Reed Sorenson who won his first Busch series race from the pole position. "The WINFUEL Chevrolet was really good today, but no one had anything for Reed Sorenson," Shane said. "Today, I don't think that there was anything else that we could have done to make the WINFUEL Chevrolet run faster. When you hit on something that fast, like the #41 did, nobody could catch him. This third place equals my career best finish and I thought I was going to be able to top that today, but lap traffic really got in the way."

"Reed Sorenson is a great race car driver and he's one of the smartest 19 year-old drivers I've ever seen. I thought that we could keep up with them on long runs, but that last set of tires wasn't very good and he just kicked our butt. The WINFUEL Chevy was really good, but today they were in a class by themselves."

The WINFUEL Chevrolet was one of the fastest cars all weekend, from being at the top of the board during practice sessions, to starting seventh on the grid. "I think that there were about five really fast cars today, and everyone else couldn't keep up," Hmiel told reporters.

"Luckily, I was one of the fast cars. I really thought that myself, Kenny (Wallace), and Reed (Sorenson) were the class of the field all weekend, so that makes you feel good that no one beat you on strategy or something like that. Mechanically we could not have done anything to make our car go faster, so hats off to the #41 team because that's one heck of a race car."

After all was said and done, Shane Hmiel managed to pick up two positions to move into tenth in the chase for the Busch series championship. "It was a good day for us, and we picked up some points," Hmiel explained. "We're still not where we need to be, but we are slowly getting there as a team. That's three top-fives in six races, so we're only half and half. We'll go to Bristol next week and run both the Busch race and the Nextel Cup race with the WINFUEL Chevrolets."

Watch all of the heart stopping action at the "The World's Fastest Half-Mile" as Shane Hmiel and the WINFUEL team try to keep their season on track and headed toward the finish line. Busch series race coverage starts live on FOX this Saturday at 2:00 p.m. EST. Followed by live coverage of the Nextel Cup race on FOX, Sunday at 12:30 p.m. EST.

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Shane Hmiel , Reed Sorenson