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Jeff Meyer · Thursday April 7, 2005
One of the downfalls of writing a Thursday column, is that being so many days after the previous race, sometimes the very topic I’d planned to write about has already been written about ad nauseam and it would appear that I’m beating a dead horse. Not that actually beating a dead horse is such a bad thing. It can be surprisingly therapeutic, and the horse in question is way past caring anyway.
The upside of a late week column is that I have a few days to gather all my thoughts and information, along with the latest news releases that others may have missed, and actually appear to know what I’m talking about. That’s the plan anyway, but it doesn’t always work out.
So far, this season has been going pretty well for me. The eventual replacement driver (Carl Edwards) that I picked to replace my favorite, Dale Jarrett, has been proving a worthy choice and I’m more confident than ever that Carl will fill DJ’s shoes in both class and ability. In this sport, you gotta have a favorite to root for.
Almost equally important for ones racing enjoyment, in addition to a favorite, you gotta have a ‘haterite’! A ‘haterite’ is the guy you love to hate. Not ‘hate’ as in you wanna see the guy killed or anything ultra psychotic like that, but ‘hate’ as in you are always rooting for the guy behind or beside him to put him into the wall! Don’t give me that innocent look! We all do it and you know it.
For me, it used to be Todd Bodine who could spin faster than a Maytag. Following Todd, I wrote many an article picking on Kurt Busch, Jimmy Spencer and Tony Stewart. For quite awhile, I had plenty to write about! However, over the last year or so, I’ve found I’ve had to sheath my ‘poison pen’ for a variety of circumstances that no one, in their wildest dreams could have thought of.
Jimmy Spencer, after punching Kurt Busch, became (to me) a ‘pretty cool guy’! Kurt Busch, after beating Spencer’s fist with his face, gave up his cocky attitude and, aside from winning a championship, has done little to piss anybody off. Tony Stewart has been flying under the radar for the last year or so with nary a snarl, and what about Todd? Todd has probably become the bane of the local ‘accident investigation officer’ in whatever town he lives in, not to mention his insurance agent. (See! Man I miss writing like that!)
The only driver that I thought might become my whipping boy was ‘Baby Bob’, Bobby Hamilton Jr, but that idea went right out the window on Sunday after an incredible display of responsibility for his own actions. (I still think Quiznos should sponsor his car though!)
Enter Shane Hmiel. A kid with a ride due, in part some say, to his daddy’s connections at DEI. Not unheard of by any means in this sport, but a gift you’d better prove you’re worthy of or face unceasing derision. Some do, some don’t. Shane doesn’t.
Earning a rare, in NASCAR anyway, drug suspension, Hmiel’s career almost hit the wall before the green flag. Not that many fans cared too much I don’t think, as he was just another young kid that some faceless entity said ‘held promise’. Since the suspension, Shane has been trying to rebuild his fan base and his resume with appearances in Truck, Busch and Cup rides. I still never paid much attention to him because, well, let’s face it, it’s Shane Hmiel.
But now, now things are different! He’s still just another wanna be, not even up to Bodine status yet, but now he’s gone and ‘dissed’ Mr. Class (and former Champion) of NASCAR himself, Dale Jarrett!
Not only did Shane punt Dale into the wall, provoking a rare ‘talking to’ by DJ, but he bravely (to DJ’s back) gave him the finger. All that after ‘pushing’ two other cars out of the way to get to DJ in the first place. To top off this grand career performance, he taunts DJ about his age and not having enough time to get even, in a post race interview! What a worthless puke!
So now I rest assured that my racing enjoyment future is secure for many years to come. I got Carl Edwards to root for upon DJ’s eventual retirement and I got Shane Hmiel to ‘whack’ with my keyboard! My only fear is that Hmiel will pull a ‘Bodine’ and disappear! Here’s hoping he gets a ride with DEI!
Stay off the wall, (except for Shane)
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As for JJ, (the current points leader) he made a mistake, and as I said, Hmiel made a mistake and can be forgiven. It is his behavior after the fact that I find punkish.
As for the fights in the past, they are not disrespectfull of the sport. They were straight up fights. I don’t remember the Allisons or Yarbrough being afraid of each other. I love the emotion and I like the fire. What I see in Hmiel is a lack of maturity and charachter. He could get back in the good graces of many with a public apology. I doubt we will see it, and when he fails to make the grade, and DEI can’t keep sponsors for him, Hmiel will be gone.
Mark Martin a “baby”? You had better re-think that one. He is one of the most respected drivers in the business. He is a favorite of other drivers! You probably have some hidden agenda there and I don’t think you will find many to agree with you on that one.
You thoughts are right on the mark. No one could have said it better. To all you Hmiel fans I say; there will be many more days when we cheer him hitting the wall than there will be days when you cheer him sitting in victory lane.
Very seldom does a selfish hack become a winner!
Amazing what the simple words, “I messed up,” can do. Bobby Hamilton Jr. didn’t even have to wait most of the week for some scriptwriter to prepare a statement. He walked out of the care center, looked right into a camera, and said it.
-Another CR guy
FYI: Jarrett is spelled with two Ts.
Whatever, all I can say is “Groovy and far out!” Hard to find good S hip H igh I n T ransit like that now-a-daze. I reckon Shane is the type to Bogart a joint, rather than pass it over again. Not that that’s a bad thing. Fewer kooties shared that way.
I’m glad you reported what R2-D2, (Bobby Jr.) said after he zigged when he should have zagged. Up until you put pen to paper I thought I had dreamed that. Now, I know it was for real. I’m glad! Little Big Man took the high road and, as a result, I removed him from my Excrement list. Now my Excrement list contains only one name.
Shame on Shane!
A bird in the face—Is worth two in the back.
And he snapped just like a little twig. I think Bob Dylan sang that. Hard to recall.
I DO remember what Aretha Franklin sang though.
Find out what it means to me.
Oh, sock it to me. Sock it to me.
But, I digress…...............
............What I wanted to say was, I enjoyed your article.
For the record Hmiel finished 44th in Busch series last year. Not even good enough to make the field.
This article is right on the button. Except for more drivers to hate, because the are what me and my friends call ‘wreckers’:
Anybody named Sauter, especially Johnny
and many others that escape me.
Also fun to rip are the guys who always think its someone else’s fault they didn’t win (like their team, or a faster driver, or….).
Leaders of this category include Rusty and Mike Wallace, Kevin Harvick, Tony Stewart to name a few.
Weather you agree with my opinion or not, remember, we’re here to have fun. It IS just a sport after all. Thanks to all for keeping it ‘clean’.
And stew…I think hmielybug was referring to Truex Jr. getting a penalty for rough driving…..
And Dot!? Is it REALLY you?! You never write me anymore! Been wonderin about you. Hope life is treatin ya good!
Stay off the wall everyone!
Thank you Jeff! Great article!
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