HMIEL RUNS UP FRONT EARLY, THEN BATTLES HANDLING PROBLEMS TO FINISH 17th UNDER THE LIGHTS AT RICHMOND RICHMOND, VA (May 13, 2005) -- Richmond International Raceway has historically been the sight of exciting door to door racing under the lights, ...
HMIEL RUNS UP FRONT EARLY, THEN BATTLES HANDLING PROBLEMS TO FINISH 17th UNDER THE LIGHTS AT RICHMOND
RICHMOND, VA (May 13, 2005) -- Richmond International Raceway has historically been the sight of exciting door to door racing under the lights, and Friday night's Funai 250 was no exception. Shane Hmiel started 15th and moved the #32 WINFUEL Chevrolet through the field to run as high as 7th, before a mid-race decision on lap 144 to pull a spring rubber effected the handling of the car, resulting in a 17th place finish.
"We pulled a spring rubber during one of our pit stops mid-race, and a fifteen pound spring rubber turned a top-five car into a twentieth place car," a frustrated Hmiel explained. "There was a couple of times that I needed the race to go green for a while and it didn't, and then there was a couple of times that I needed a caution and couldn't get one, but that's just part of racing. It wasn't a good day, but at least the car is in one piece and rolling on the trailer this week."
Braun Racing's WINFUEL team is always looking for areas to improve upon that might give them the winning edge over their competition. "We know that we need to work on getting our short-track program in better condition," Shane said. "Our car was good enough to run fifth to tenth before pulling the spring rubber, but that's not good enough because we're out here to win, so we're going to go back to the shop and work on improving our short-track cars. We can go to mile and a half tracks and run in the top-five, competing for the win all day with no problem, and that's where we need to get the short-track stuff. It's not the team, it's not me, it's the car right now and we will work hard to get it fixed."
Shane Hmiel and the WINFUEL team are excited to get back to racing at 1.5 mile tracks, especially after their recent test session at Lowe's Motor Speedway where the #32 was second fast overall. "We'll be in Charlotte in two weeks where we just tested, and I'm really looking forward to it," Hmiel said. "All of the people at Lowe's Motor Speedway have done a great job to improve the track, and I'm excited about going to race there."
The WINFUEL team and the entire NASCAR Busch series will enjoy their second off-weekend of the season this coming weekend, before entering the most challenging stretch on the schedule of 18 consecutive races. The #32 WINFUEL Chevrolet will be back in action at the Lowe's Motor Speedway in Charlotte on May 28. Live coverage of the Carquest Auto Parts 300 begins on FX at 6:30 p.m. ET.
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