NASCAR Changes Qualifying Format
posted by Summer Bedgood
Tuesday March 11, 2014
Following safety concerns regarding NASCAR’s new qualifying format, the sanctioning body is introducing some changes in preparation for this weekend’s race at Bristol Motor Speedway. According to the Associated Press, NASCAR is banning teams from cool-down laps after their qualifying attempts, but will instead be allowed to hook up cool-down units to the engine through hood flaps.
Late Tuesday afternoon, a release from NASCAR fully detailed the changes. Teams will be allowed a single cool down unit to be connected through the right or left side hood flap, however the hood must remain closed. Additionally, two crew members will be allowed over the wall while cooling down.
“The qualifying is new to all of us and as we have said over the past several weeks, we are looking at it from all aspects,” said Robin Pemberton, vice president of competition and racing development. “Following discussions, both internally and with others in the garage area, we moved quickly to make a few revisions that will be effective starting with our two national series events at Bristol Motor Speedway this weekend. We believe this will only enhance and improve what has demonstrated to be an exciting form of qualifying for our fans, competitors and others involved with the sport. Moving forward we will continue to look at it and address anything else that we may need to as the season unfolds.”
The move comes after three weeks of NASCAR’s new knockout qualifying system, where multiple cars are allowed to make qualifying attempts at the same time instead of the traditional one-car-at-a-time procedure. Drivers and teams had complained that the new rules didn’t allow them to cool their engines down on pit road, and the cool-down laps caused a dangerous situation with slower cars staying on the track at the same time that other cars were running by them at much higher speeds.
The rule will begin this weekend in Bristol, a track that has a much narrower racing surface than Daytona, Phoenix, and Las Vegas.
Kurt Busch to Attempt The Indianapolis-Charlotte Double
posted by Phil Allaway
Tuesday March 4, 2014
Andretti Autosport announced this morning that Kurt Busch, driver of the No. 41 Haas Automation Chevrolet in the Sprint Cup Series, will attempt the Indianapolis 500 in a fifth entry for the IndyCar Series team. Once the Indianapolis 500 is completed, Busch will fly from Indianapolis to Charlotte, jump in his No. 41 Chevrolet and compete in the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Busch considers the opportunity to do the double as an old-school throwback moment.
“This is really to challenge myself within motorsports,” Busch said in Andretti Autosport’s press release. “Perhaps I am a bit of an old-school racer; a throwback, I guess. I enjoyed the era of drivers racing different cars and testing themselves in other series. It is tough to do now for a variety of factors, but when the opportunity is there, I want to do it. While NASCAR is my home, I have been fortunate to compete in Pro Stock on the NHRA circuit a number of years ago and test a V8 Supercar. This opportunity was a talk with Michael [Andretti] over dinner one night, a “What if,” and now it’s becoming a reality for me to drive in the Indy 500 with Andretti Autosport. It’s literally a dream come true. To go to the famous Brickyard with the iconic Andretti name, it doesn’t get much cooler or better than that.”
Busch will be doing the Indianapolis-Charlotte double as a Memorial Day mission to men and women serving in the U.S. Military via the Armed Forces Foundation. Fans can contribute to the cause by texting AFF to 50555 to donate $10.
Busch, who has never raced an IndyCar, passed Rookie Orientation at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway last year during a test session. At the time, Busch was more or less testing the Dallara DW12 for fun.
Busch will be the fourth driver to attempt the Indianapolis-Charlotte double. John Andretti was the first driver to attempt it in 1994. After finishing four laps down in tenth in Indianapolis, Andretti crashed and had engine problems in the 600. Robby Gordon has attempted the double five times, most recently in 2004. However, Gordon failed to make it to Charlotte on time and did not start the 600 in 2000 (P.J. Jones started Gordon’s No. 13 Ford in that instance). Finally, Tony Stewart has attempted the double twice (most recently in 2001) and is the only driver to ever complete all 1100 miles. Neither of the three drivers has won either leg of the double. The best finishes are Stewart and Gordon’s sixth-place finishes at the Indianapolis 500 (although Gordon’s came in 2000, the year he didn’t make it to Charlotte in time to start the Coca-Cola 600), and Stewart’s fourth-place finish in the 2001 Coca-Cola 600.
Danica Patrick, Justin Allgaier Talk About Phoenix Incident
posted by Frontstretch Staff
Tuesday March 4, 2014
A disappointing start to the year for Danica Patrick won’t include continued conflict. Patrick met with rookie Justin Allgaier Sunday, shortly after the Phoenix Cup race after a wreck ruined both drivers’ days. Patrick, who was critical of the No. 51 car on the radio, claiming Allgaier was “driving all over the track” appeared receptive to a conversation that quickly settled differences over what will be a long season.
“She was just upset because she got involved in the crash that we had,’’ said Allgaier to the Motor Racing Network. “She says she’s been through this and that she felt like I needed to settle down at that point. I explained my position on why everything happened. I think she understood where I was coming from. It doesn’t fix either one of our racecars. It doesn’t fix either one of our days. Unfortunately, we were both having pretty decent days.’’
Allgaier wound up 30th due to the incident while Patrick was 36th. The incident, which was caused by Allgaier’s spin also involved the No. 32 team and Travis Kvapil, which wound up 38th after sustaining heavy damage.
Camping World Close to Extending Title Sponsorship of NCWTS
posted by Frontstretch Staff
Tuesday March 4, 2014
Marcus Lemonis, CEO of Camping World, Grand Marshal of Sunday’s Sprint Cup race at Phoenix International Raceway, and star of CNBC’s “The Profit,” made the announcement over the weekend that the retailer is very close to announcing a deal that would continue its title sponsorship of NASCAR’s Truck Series. The original agreement with NASCAR is scheduled to conclude after the 2015 season.
According to the sanctioning body, no formal contract has been signed, but “the agreement between the two parties has proven to be a beneficial one.”
“In about a month, we’ll be announcing a significant extension to that contract. It’s been great for us,” said Camping World’s Lemonis in a statement. “The NASCAR relationship has worked well for Camping World. When we started, we had 35 stores. Now, we’re up to 120 stores. As we travel the country and we meet new customers in stores, they always are very appreciative of our relationship with NASCAR. It’s been good.”
Gaining a long-term commitment from Camping World to sponsor the Truck Series would be a relief for NASCAR, which is set to lose Nationwide Insurance as title sponsor for the NASCAR Nationwide Series at the end of the 2014 season. The sponsorship of the Cup Series by Sprint runs through 2016.
The NCWTS is back in action on March 29th at 2:30 PM (ET) when the trucks visit Martinsville Speedway in the Kroger 250, which can be seen on Fox Sports 1. Ratings for the season opener were up 11 percent.
Harvick Takes Win At Phoenix In Second Race With New Team
posted by Justin Tucker
Monday March 3, 2014
Phoenix International Raceway has become Kevin Harvick’s home away from home. Sunday Afternoon was no exception as Harvick charged to the front early and would dominate for much of the day, leading 224 of the scheduled 312 laps to record his record fifth win on the one mile oval and his third win in the last four races at Phoenix.
Harvick, coming off of a disappointing Speedweeks which was capped by a last lap crash in the Daytona 500 in his debut with Stewart-Haas Racing, set the tone on Saturday by winning both practices while having the best 5 and 10-lap averages in the first practice of the day on Saturday. On Sunday, Harvick and his No. 4 Jimmy John’s Chevrolet was nothing short of flawless as he was able to hold Dale Earnhardt, Jr. by .489 seconds after a late race restart to claim his 24th career Sprint Cup Series victory.
“Man, this is awesome,” Harvick said after his dominant victory on Sunday. “Man, this just solidifies so many things and so many decisions. It’s been so much work with all the time and effort that these guys (the crew) have put in—but what a race car.”
Stewart Haas Racing co-owner Gene Haas shared in Harvick’s excitement after the race.
“It took long enough,” Haas joked. “This is phenomenal. I think there was a lot of skepticism last year about what myself and Tony (Stewart) what we were up to, was there a lot of madness to this. Quite frankly, it’s a great team, there’s a lot of synergy at the shop, people working together. I don’t know what we did, but I think we put together a great organization.”
Daytona 500 winner Dale Earnhardt, Jr. continued his hot start to the 2014 season. Earnhardt Jr. would finish second on Sunday, marking his seventh consecutive top 10 finish since the end of the 2013 season. Earnhardt Jr. was pleased with the effort after a coast-to-coast whirlwind week after winning his second Daytona 500 and also gave great praise to the efforts of Harvick and the No. 4 team.
“I’ve got to congratulate Kevin. Those guys were two-tenths faster than everyone all weekend in practice. They were just phenomenal,” Earnhardt said. “To be able to run with them all day was a big confidence builder for us.”
Joining Harvick and Earnhardt in the top 5 of The Profit on CNBC 500K were Brad Keselowski with his second consecutive top 3 run of 2014 in third. Keselowski’s Team Penske teammate Joey Logano would finish fourth, and Jeff Gordon would come home fifth in his No. 24 Pepsi Max Chevrolet.
Jimmie Johnson finished in sixth, followed by Ryan Newman with a nice rebound after Daytona in seventh. Carl Edwards would carry the banner for Roush Fenway Racing by finishing eighth, Kyle Busch was ninth, and Jamie McMurray would finish tenth.
A look at the Profit on CNBC 500K by the numbers. There were 14 lead changes among eight different drivers, there were eight cautions for 39 laps which slowed the race pace to 109.229 MPH.
Next Sunday, the Sprint Cup Series heads to Sin City and the Las Vegas Motor
Starting Lineup: The Profit On CNBC 500K
posted by Thomas Bowles
Saturday March 1, 2014
Drivers in RED (i) are those ineligible to collect Sprint Cup points
Daytona 500 TV Ratings Down
posted by Frontstretch Staff
Wednesday February 26, 2014
What was the longest weather delay in Daytona 500 history turned out to bring NASCAR lower ratings and TV viewership Sunday night than expected. According to a report Monday from FOX Sports, the 56th running of the Daytona 500 airing at 8 PM (ET) posted a 5.6/10 national household rating/share which averaged 9.3 million viewers. That’s down 44 percent from last year’s 9.9, easily making it the least-watched Daytona 500 of all-time.
Due to the six-hour, twenty-two minute rain delay in Daytona, the race was up against the primetime coverage of the Winter Olympics Closing Ceremony from Sochi, Russia on NBC (15.25 million viewers). FOX also reported that 69% of the pre-rain delay viewers of the race, which began at 1 PM (ET) kept tuning in.
In comparison, the 2013 Daytona 500 on FOX was the most-watched race in five years, posting a 9.9/22 rating/share, commanding 16.7 million viewers. The Daytona 500 in 2012, the first to ever be run on a Monday and in the primetime slot did a 7.7/13 overnight rating/share which resulted in 13.67 million households viewing the race according to Nielsen TV ratings data.
Earnhardt, Jr. Claims Second Daytona 500 Victory
posted by Justin Tucker
Wednesday February 26, 2014
Ten years is a long time. For Dale Earnhardt, Jr., it felt like an eternity. NASCAR’s Most Popular Driver endured many near misses and close calls at the Daytona 500 since his only win in the Great American Race in 2004. Earnhardt had finished second in two of his last three Daytona 500s coming into Sunday’s race. He was also riding the tail of a 55-race winless streak, dating back to Michigan in 2012.
However nothing would stop Dale Jr. on Sunday, not even a 6 hour and 22 minute rain delay from capturing his second Daytona 500 win. Earnhardt Jr. led a race-high 54 laps on the evening and used some timely drafting help from teammates Jimmie Johnson and, on the final restart, Jeff Gordon to separate from the pack and secure the victory.
“Winning this race is the greatest feeling that you could feel in this sport besides accepting the trophy for the championship,” said a jubilant Earnhardt after pulling into Victory Lane. “We could fight off battle after battle. We got a little help at the end there from Jeff to get away on the restart. This is amazing. I can’t believe this is happening. I never take this for granted, man because it doesn’t happen twice, let alone once.”
Aside from the race itself the big story of the race was the 6 hour and 22 minute red flag, which threatened to move the race to Monday evening (had the race been postponed, FOX Sports’ Chris Myers had tweeted that the race would resume at 5:00pm EST). However, Mother Nature would cooperate and would allow the race to be run under different conditions from which they practiced this week. Once the race resumed, the intensity picked up from the changing track conditions. This allowed the pack to race side-by-side and at times 3-wide up to seven rows deep.
Joining Earnhardt Jr. in the top 5 for the 2014 Daytona 500 were: Denny Hamlin who closed out a spectacular Speedweeks in second, Brad Keselowski in third, Jeff Gordon in fourth, and Jimmie Johnson who overcome two wrecks leading up to the 500 in fifth.
Rounding out the top 10 in the Daytona 500 were Matt Kenseth in sixth, Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. in seventh and Greg Biffle would bring his No. 16 Ford home in eighth. Austin Dillon would come home ninth in his first Cup Series race in the iconic No. 3 for Richard Childress Racing, while Casey Mears would round out the top 10.
A couple of major contenders for the Daytona 500 win would see their hopes dashed early on as Martin Truex, Jr. would blow up just 30 laps into the race, relegating him to a 43rd-place finish in his debut for Furniture Row Racing. Crew chief Todd Berrier was already in Nashville for a test session before the race was even over. Kyle Busch, meanwhile would have a pit road violation just before halfway and would spend much of the race battling back from that mistake. Busch would eventually finish 19th after leading 19 laps.
Danica Patrick would also be bit by bad luck as she was caught up in a multi-car wreck on lap 145. Patrick would lead her second consecutive Daytona 500, but wouldn’t have the finish to show for it finishing 40th. Tony Stewart would encounter a frustrating evening as well, with a fuel pickup problem derailing his quest for his first Daytona 500 win. Stewart would finish 35th.
A look at the Daytona 500 by the numbers. There were 42 lead changes among 18 drivers, while seven cautions for 39 laps would slow the race pace to 145.290 MPH.
Next week, the Sprint Cup Series heads to the “diamond in the desert,” Phoenix International Raceway for The Profit on CNBC 500K. The Green flag is scheduled for 3:15pm EST.
Nationwide Series Post-Race Quotes: Drive4COPD 300
posted by Thomas Bowles
Tuesday February 25, 2014
Frontstretch Interviews – Courtesy Mike Neff
ELLIOTT SADLER – FINISHED 4th
Thoughts on the race?
It’s definitely a lot different racing than what we’re used to.
Comfortable with it?
Yeah, it’s just different. You’re worried about what you’re doing, but you’re also worried about what everyone else is doing and they’re not doing more than you’re doing. Physically pushing a guy is way better than just riding so you just gotta time it right and push it to the edge.
Happy to start the year with a top 5?
Yeah. Hell, that was the worst we ran all day, I think. I have no idea how they put the 3 car in front of us on that last restart. I hadn’t seen the 3 car hardly all day. When they put us from fifth to sixth, on the outside line, it just really boxed us in. I would have really restarted behind my teammate and given him a good push to the front. Anyways, it is what it is; we’ll take it and move on.
Looked like you were up front all day.
The guys did a good job. We had a fast race car. Great pit stops, just really proud of these guys. The car’s in one piece and we can take it to Talladega now. Great job by my guys. A lot of effort came into coming down here to Daytona and giving ourselves a shot to win. We had that chance to be up front and make some things happen. Fifth is not what we want, but we’ll take it and move on.
Bumping vs Pushing?
It’s way harder. You don’t want to lay on the guy in front of you, so it’s tough racing. A lot different than what we’re used to, ‘cause you gotta go. You gotta drag the brake too ‘cause you don’t want to hit the guys and you don’t want to stay on him. It’s a lot harder mentally than what we’ve done in the past.
Car was strong all day. Pushing vs. Bumping, is that harder to do than just getting on somebody and pushing them?
Yeah, it is a little bit. When you bump ‘em, you jar ‘em, it kinda jacks ‘em a little bit. It’s a little more abrupt, obviously. I thought it was OK there at the end. It was certainly fun and hopefully entertaining. But a little bit of a struggle in the early part of the race and the midpart of the race to see a good race. And that’s unfortunate for the fans. You can’t do that the whole race, you can’t tear up your stuff, knock your grill in, overheat your motor, all that stuff so there’s no sense in doing all that until you get down to the last lap. The 7 and the 6, they did a good job. Man, the 7 really held the 22 and I tight on the bottom. I was rubbing his door and hitting the apron at the same time, no room whatsoever. So it was good; wish we were the ones who could have won but a lot better now than what we were last year.
Going home in one piece makes it a lot better, right?
Yeah. My back feels good. My foot feels good. Past years here, I’ve been going home with pain so I’m alright.
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2014 Truck Series Post-Race Quotes: Daytona (Exclusives)
posted by Thomas Bowles
Saturday February 22, 2014
When you’re on the outside like that, how frustrating is it?
It’s so hard. Timothy Peters has won here. Kyle Busch has won everywhere. Ron Hornaday has been running Trucks forever, probably before I was even born. I was surrounded by veterans there, and like I told them I don’t have a rookie stripe but I’m a rookie. This is only my fourth Truck race ever, my fourth superspeedway race, and man, I figured out when the 17 got up in front of me, I pushed him. And as soon as I pushed him, he took off. And I went with him. And I just kept doing it, and before I knew it, he was leading. And I saw Ron in my mirror, backed up to him, and if it wasn’t for him, I don’t know what would have happened. I gotta thank him big time for that. That was a true teammate move right there. I really appreciate that. He just bounced off me and we got to the front. I tried my hardest to sidedraft Kyle. I was probably touching his door.
Top 5 in the No. 30 truck. This deal come together at the last minute, but you had a heck of a truck. Tell us about your night.
Yeah, I’ve got to thank Turner Scott Motorsports. The guys worked so hard on this Rheem Comfort Products Chevrolet. Exciting! Just got hung up on the outside and had to wait for my teammate there to catch up. And then he got to the bottom, so… I got the old 32 and started pushing ol’ Ryan to the front. So, it’s not bad. We’ll take it. You just don’t want to step over that boundary. You don’t know how far to push and shove. We bumped about six times down the straightaway without latching onto them. Hopefully, that was OK and we came home with a top 5.
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What if I got it wrong
Once upon a time, there was a man who loved racing. He lived and breathed it; it was his dream, his career, his future. He didn’t have the talent to be successful behind the wheel; so he dedicated himself to become a talented mechanic instead. He built his reputation from the ground up, and became one of the most respected head wrenches in his sport, working for the best teams in the business, winning races with men like Jack Roush, providing the best cars to drivers like Mark Martin.
But the father had an even bigger dream. All the victories, all the respect, all the glory in the world could never make up for being able to drive yourself to the checkered flag. And his success had put him in a position to have that dream become a reality: not for him, but for his son. The son, you see, had the one racing talent the father never had; the ability to get behind the wheel and drive anything he was given straight through to Victory Lane.
Working for the best teams in the business, he had the connections to let his son skip the stairway and take the elevator to the top, straight through to racing with the best drivers in the world. As any father would do, he gave the son the chance to grab the keys to everything he always wanted. “It’s all yours,” said the father to the son. “Not only that, but I’ll stand behind you, and guide you, every step of the way.” And at first, for the father it was a dream come true.
The only thing was, the dream never fully became reality. And the father learned a harsh lesson; in order to fulfill his dream, his son had to work just as hard, believe just as much, and be just as humble. And the son was none of those things. In fact, the son rebelled, and chose to do everything wrong.
When every step that you take
A few hours of fun, two positive tests, and now a young life gets thrown away. And for what? For who? Somewhere while you’re reading this in the next few days, that disgruntled father will sit with his son and ask him why. It was just one time, Dad. Oh, come on, why did they have to suspend me for THAT? You wonder if the son even has figured out the consequences of what he’s done, how an entire career was just shattered the minute he put a drug into his mouth and inhaled. Come on, Dad, they’ll reinstate me again. You have your connections, don’t you? Those old drivers don’t have too many years left; I’ll jump right in and show ‘em how it’s done.
Or maybe, just maybe, somewhere it’s beginning to sink in for the son, it’s beginning to finally make sense to Shane Hmiel. The fact he’ll likely never race in this sport again. That he had a second chance…and gave it all away.
No one can deny that Shane’s got talent. Sure, through the years people remarked at how he’s always gotten the best equipment. How his father Steve not only gives him the money, but the know-how from the spotter’s stand to coach his son through thick and thin and get him to the front. Still, no matter how much money someone has, no matter how often you’re coached on the radio, you’ve got to be the one to drive that car to Victory Lane. I never saw Steve driving a race car. In fact, it was Shane, and he drove it well, to several wins in the Craftsman Truck Series with a team that didn’t even have a full-time sponsor when the year began in 2004.
How many drivers he pushed through to get to the front is a different question: Shane was a driver known for his aggression and his ego, an ego no doubt bloated to the point where he thought he could continue to sneak his substance abuse by the powers that be after getting caught once before. But when you look at the bottom line, Shane finished in the front more often than not. The Pettys saw enough talent in him to prepare a Cup ride for Shane in 2004 before his first suspension. DEI saw enough in Shane to be grooming him for a future Cup career just two years down the line. Make no doubt about it, Shane was getting ready to crash the racing world’s party of future stars. It’s just he did a little crashing down of his own, and it was just a one-car wreck. Now, even his backup car is destroyed.
Yet, the back story is how badly you have to feel for the father. Steve Hmiel has done nothing but been a decent man, one that’s built a successful Nextel Cup career for himself as a crew chief and team manager. He’s done nothing but stood behind his son every step of the way, taking Shane’s indiscretions in stride and putting his heart and soul into taking the raw talent he saw in his son and trying to mold it into championship material. Now, one week after taking perhaps the most volatile job assignment in his career, choosing to be the man who fixes the son of the Intimidator, his own son involves him in a crisis that he neither needs or deserves. Not that I don’t feel for Shane; drug addiction is a very serious thing, one that kills thousands of people in this country every year, and I hope he is able to seek him and get better as quickly as possible.
Oooh, that’s right
That’s the biggest shame of all, that Shane doesn’t know how it feels to live the dream. In taking the road to a quick high, he chose not to try, when the sport’s highest level was at his fingertips not once, but twice. It’s an opportunity tens of thousands of men across the country would beg for; and what a shame, because it’s now all been wasted away.
Editor’s Note: Lyrics are from Coldplay’s new song “What If,” off their new CD X and Y, which will hit stores next week.
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Excellent post, it is a shame.
I only hope NASCAR doesn’t pussy foot around with him and bans him for life.
NASCAR doesn’t need to have someone, driver of fan, killed by someone running on something more than ego or adrenalin.
I’m sorry, I can’t feel all that sorry for Steve Hmiel. Available evidence suggests that both Shane and Tyler are a pair of first-class spoiled brats.
While the character of adult children is their own responsibility and sometimes a person is simply “bad seed” despite all parental attempts the vast majority of brats are brats because their parents poured on the indulgence and left out the discipline.
I’ve seen Rusty Wallace criticized for coming down too hard on Stephen. But all available evidence suggests that Stephen Wallace is a young man of good character—respectful and hard-working. Probable evidence of good parenting there.
It’s too bad a young talent like that had to go and screw up his life like that. Like him or not- the fact is, He Could Drive a Racecar! I can’t believe that someone with that kind of talent and opportunity would waste it like that. There are thousands of law abiding people, me included, whose lifelong dream would be to race ANYTHING, but never get the chance. Shane – Get It Together, Get a Real Job, Don’t Ruin the Rest of Your Life By Using Drugs!!!
Shane has a problem putting 6 words together in a sentence. He never looks at the interviewer, but seems to gaze at some avatar in the sky. His speech patterns always seem slurred and he sounds illiterate in comparison to his father’s speech. I always thought it strange that a drug manufacturer would choose him as a spokesman, but then most of the commercials show Dale talking and not Shane.
Let’s hope that Shane can get help for his problem and realize what it has cost him,,,the ride of his life. Steve did his job and I think it is up to Shane to do the rest. Maybe this will shake Shane enough to change his life style. Maybe he will realize that Nascar might have just saved his life!!
Nothing left to do but follow through. Young aspiring drivers everywhere take this event to heart, the only gift is life , everything else is EARNED.
How do you spell PUNK?
Drug addiction is not something that is easy to overcome,,,I have to laugh at some of these reply’s in reference to Shane Hmeil,,,,I would be willing to bet some of there heroes are taking drugs and they don’t jump on the negative bandwagon like they should,,,,Take a look in the mirror and ask yourself,,,are any of my close friends in this same situation,,if so,,,lend them a helping hand instead of kicking them when they are down,,,,,You can only hope that the light will come on and this young man gets his life together,,,,I know from experience and it’s not as easy as you think,,to conquer a demon that somehow has taken part of your life
A proud veteran
How do we know what kind of parent Steve Hmiel is? Living the vagabond lifestyle of Nascar,probably left little time for his children, and as we have seen with other examples giving a kid time is more important than giving him everything he wants.
IT IS A CRYING SHAME WHAT SHANE AS DONE-I MEET HIS DAD A FEW YEARS AGO-HE IS A VERY HUMBLE MAN-SOME ONE THAT ANYONE WOULD BE PROUD TO CAL DAD-I JUST HOPE THIS DOES NOT DISCOURAGE HIM TO BAD
MAYBE NOW AFTER STEVE FINDS SUCESS WITH JR-SHANE WILL RELIZE WHAT HE HAS LOST-WHAT A SHAME-SO MUCH TALENT
It’s so easy to blame the parent – oh they were too indulgent – they were too strict and the kid had to rebel – they were never around – they never let the kid out of their sight – they never gave him anything – they gave him too much…... But in the end, the reponsibility lies with each individual person. Whatever Steve Hmiel’s faults as a parent – Shane is the one who put the drugs in his own body.
If Shane tested positive for drugs then you need to look no further than his best friend who would probably test positive also. Hmmm…who would that be…the same guy that is in the WINFUEL commercials with him. The same guy that his dad is currently the crew chief for. But god forbid we test the generation X driver. The one that brings millions of fans to the sport. The one that is made out to be the perfect son. The one that has been wrecking just as much as Shane lately. Shane probably didn’t pick up the habit on his own. Not too many drug dealers in Pleasant Garden, NC.
I was a HUGE fan of yours, I have watched you since you came on the scene. You can drive anything but you have to respect your elders as well as your own life!
Using drugs again is a stupid way of screwing up the career that you were trying to rebuild to say the least! I believe that you could have made a good CUP driver some day if you would have only just used your head for something other than holding a WinFuel hat!!
I also feel sorry for your Dad, he has enough pressure on him right now trying to get your friend JR rolling again, this will only make his job harder dealing with you.
Shane I wish you well, PLEASE get help before you continue to hurt you and your family! GET WELL!!
This is a true example of what an arrogant punk who thinks he is never wrong can and will do. No respect for anyone on or off the track. His behavior has been typical for drug abuser this year, Larry made some very good points about that. This isn’t kicking someone when they are down, it’s fact… he blew it, in more ways than one. He had already been loosing respect in the garage for his attitude and actions on the track. Addiction is a hard road, no doubt but you would think the sport, the money and the satisfaction would be enough of a high to put that demon aside and move on. I have friends that have followed that path and have overcome their problems with a whole lot less on the line. Also helping hand was offered to the boy and he bit that hand, so if he is never able to get in a car again, I think the punishment is fair and just.
Well, Well Shane I guess it was you and not DJ that was on the way out. You have always acted like a overindulged spoiled brat and although you have the ability to drive a car fast you do not have the brains to not use it up or wreck it in the first 100 laps. you have to be a major disapointment to your parents and all of the people who gave you the opportunity to excel only to see you fail. Good ridance, were tire of your childish antics anyway.
You all know he’ll be back next year.NASCAR needs more drivers like him.There all about ratings and drivers like Shane are the key to higher numbers.the indefinant suspension last time was 4 or 5 months.He’s got a lot of talent so who knows maybe he’ll come back stronger than ever and jump right to cup.maybe not but I’ll still cheer for him? 3 strikes and your out NASCAR?
What a disapointment in such a great talent. Given the opportunity of a lifetime and throwing it all away for a high! You have no one to blame but yourself and I’m glad you are not out there driving and possibly hurting another race car driver! A hard lesson, kid!!!
First of all, it’s silly to assume that Jr is using just because someone he knows is. Do you do everything that everyone you know does? If you do, good luck with that. Drug addiction is very difficult to live with and you never completely overcome it. It is always a part of you and there is always the chance that you will use again. I feel for Shane, his family and his friends and hope that he has the support network that he will need to survive this.
Shane is a spoiled brat. I have seen others like him that played games all their lifes and got away with things. He has gotten away with what ever he wanted for so long, he believed he could do what ever he wants. Well, he received one warning and nothing happened, so he continues on his merry way. Well, now NASCAR needs to make a firm decision and ban Shane for life. In most other series, one strike and you’re out. Hopefully, he will go back to school and make something of himself, but from what I see of him, that will not happen. No one forced Shane to take drugs, it was his decision. Now, he must live with the consequences. Sorry, Shane, but I think DJ will be around racing a lot longer than you ever will be.
Shane, showed all the signs of a substance abuser. He had no repect for anyone or anything. He drove like a fool, talked like a fool, and acted like a fool. To me he was never taught any respect as a child. If my 25 year old son talked like he did to Mike Wallace, DJ, about Fitz, I would have kicked his butt myself. This kid is just a straight up punk.
Yes, it’s a shame about Shane, but the one I feel sorry for are his parents, especially his dad, Steve, in the position he’s in. Shane has shown signs of substance abuse, the way he has driven & acted. He needed to be caught & so do all the others, if, there are any. Race tracks nor highways are places for these IDIOTS. I’m a JR. fan.
This is so bogus, I am a huge Shane fan, I cant bel;ieve he did it 2 times. I thought he would have learned the first time, I was hoping to see him run cup full time next season for a top team. He is likely never gonna be back in Nascar, he blew it 2 times, no one will want him if he is ever reinstated. What he did was wrong and should be punished, I dont know how he could blow such a great chance 2 times, he had all the talent in the world and just threw it out for some idiotic drugs, which will only kill u. I was once a HUGE shane Hmiel fan but I dont think I can like him any more, he pretty much just spat in the faces of all his fans by doing this again. I can’t believe he did it. I have only 1 questions.. WHY Shane, WHY?
ummm…..anyone heard from hmiely bug?
My question is why did NASCAR not test him after Bristol? He was totally out of line there, why wait seven weeks. Maybe Steve should have followed the old adage “spare the rod spoil the child”.
To Ted Main:
My friends are NOT in the same situation. I choose to surround myself with people who are not in a position to get me or my husband arrested.
Apples and oranges anyways. My friends aren’t out racing at 200mph… playing Russian Roulette with every crash, every week and sometimes 2 or 3 times a week. No one here is wishing he would DIE, we all hope he gets the help, but none of us want him to take the chance of hurting or killing someone because he was impaired. But, let’s just say the mailman crashes into your house while on drugs. Would you let him crash into your house again? Oops, the mailman did. And Shane did. What happens next time if he crashes into your child’s room? Would you be ticked if he didn’t lose his job? That makes it personal to you. Now think of the mother of a driver who might possibly be seriously hurt cause Shane was an idiot.
To Sandy, in the forums, I posted an article that said Shane, at Lowe’s used his car as a “gesture” towards an official, and either before or after he crashed his car. Guess it takes 2 and 2 to make 10 for them.
To Jake, interesting theory. Jr. has been making more silly moves lately, but as I say again, I don’t think he belongs in NNC.
He has no one to blame but him self. Some place along the line we each make decisions that we are responsible for. He made the wrong one. I hurt for his parents but I have no sympathy for him. He chose to do wrong. Now he must pay the consequensces for what he did.
I’m glad shane’s out.he’s a punk, who used his father’s hard work and reputation to get ahead.someone oughtta take him out back of the woodshed and teach the young man some respect.enjoy your vacation shane.see you at the track…......oops ,guess not
It’s all too bad!!! What happens “happens”... If he gets to drive for Nascar again more power to him get out there and show em up & if not well he should have learned from the first time he was tested & tested positive!!! But, what can you say when your smokin it up your state of mind gets a little altered….. uh.. believe it or not nothing really matters & you have a I don’t give a **** attitude & we’ve all seen that personality trait come out in Shane!!!!! All he needs is to get his priorities figured out & a swift kick in the a**!!!!!
I am sadden n stunned at all of this.
I know Shane & Tyler Hmiel personally and to see the commments being made by people who probably have NO clue as to what those two boys go through is unbelieveable. I know Shane will get the help he needs and not take only 4 months.
To Jake, my best friend is close to Jr..and he in no way at ALL does any drugs. So don’t start rumors about Jr that you have NO clue about. I suggest you keep your mouth SHUT next time.
Get better Shane! We love you NO MATTER WHAT!
Okay, so we ‘ve got another “insider”. So are you saying that you’re ok w/ Shane’s actions, Tiffany? That we’re wrong in our assumptions that he did wrong and that he shouldn’t endanger lives, but we all wish for recovery? And you believe that he should be back within 4 months? 4 months didn’t seem to work last time… What will that teach him? And, since you touted the card, how exactly do you know them personally (and hang out with them on a normal basis to judge how they feel)?
As far as Jr. goes… well, that’s a Kevin Bacon effect. Just as you ranted about people talked about whom they don’t know personally, you do not know Jr. personally and therefore you can only speculate, like the rest of us, on what he does or doesn’t do. Sure, you can take offense, your email is Jr. Junkie, and we can respect that you are entitled to your opinion and defense of your favorite driver… Jr. is a party boy, we all know that. Who’s to say he is OR isn’t doing something? But he has a point… NASCAR will never test him and if they do, it will be hush-hush. Who brings some of them big dollars?
Do you think it’s possible, even in the smallest sense that maybe people are just looking for a way to write off Jr.’s problems rather than admit he isn’t a great driver (nor business man it seems)?
Although everyone is entitled to a opionion on any situation, it frustrates me to see such judegement made in regards to Shane as a core person, Shane’s respect towards his family, and even possibly question the parenting of his mother and father. Unless you personally know Shane and Shane’s family, you have no business making negative character assumptions about him or anyone associated with him. What are you judging your comments on, the 15 second clips of Shane that you might catch in an interview or a 5 second radio communcation between him and his crew chief during the race in a heated moment. NOTE these clips, everything you see of Shane, are pieces of Shane that OTHERS have peeled out and chosen to show the general public. Unfortunatley, what the public does not get to see is Shane as a person and his interaction with his family. Why don’t you get to see this, because that type of behavior doesnt make for good TV ratings. The real truth is that Shane is person with a huge heart that would do anything for you. And most important of all is part of one of the tightest families I have seen. Both of his parents would tell you they would have nothing if they didn’t have thier two sons. They live and breathe to provide for thier family, but NEVER do it at the expense of not teaching them core life values. My point, have an opionion on NASCARS policy, on reinstatement, etc, but don’t give your comments on Shane as a person or question his family values and parenting. You don’t have a right when all you know of the Hmiels is through MEDIA and MEDIA HYPE!!!!
What is Shane’s drug of choice? Are we talinkg heroin or meth or are we talking about a joint at a party one night? Sure, it’s all wrong and he knew the rules of the game, but the responses here sound like he’s a junkie. I garauntee you if you swept the whole NASCAR garage (including Helton and his croanies) you’d be overwhelmed with positives for weed or pharmacueticals without prescriptions. Shane, if it’s weed, grow up! If it’s something else, get help quick.
good point Scoop
Hey folks…Shane tested positive AFTER taking some substance prior to having his car out on the track twice! That shows an utter lack of respect for his fellow drivers and the racing series too. In my case I am not judging Shane by this incident, rather the totality of his behavior since coming to NASCAR.
If a guy wants to drink or do drugs on his own time that is one thing. But to test positive AFTER the race in Richmond (1st penalty) and now AFTER qualifying at Lowes (2nd penalty) shows a lack of judgement that does not belong in this sport!
He could test positive for up to a month after doing some drugs. The fact that he was found positive is no indication that he was doing drugs at the time of a race. Does anybody really believe this kid is getting high and racing? I’m speculating, but I bet he smokes weed when he’s out partying with his buddies, but when he’s at the track I’ll bet he’s not even thinking about drugs. Just like a lot of drivers drink when partying with their bud’s but they’re not drinking and racing.
Shane Hmiel is a punk and deserves to be banned from NASCAR. He should have learned his lesson the first time. He’s arrogant and has no respect for his fellow racers, mainly veteran drivers. He thought he could trick NASCAR and continue using and not get caught…what a fool.
NASCAR needs to make an example out of this loser.
Scoop, you are right, he may not toke up right before a race. BUT, the REASON that you can be found with it in your system for so long is simply that fact, IT’S THERE. As long as it is in your system, it can impair you. It may not be as much as the first few hours, but up to 30 days after, until it fully leaves your system, the toxins are still running around your brain and can affect judgement. (check out a simple google search on short term effects of smoking weed after only a few uses… memory loss, distorted perception, coordination loss and rapid heart rate, for days and days after the high has passed)
I don’t blame parenting on anything, except the fact thast Hmiel’s return had a lot more to do with Daddy than being clean. Just like Jr., if it weren’t for Daddy, neither would probably be here (common bond for best friends?). And while you are on the subject of partying with friends, it was Dale Jr. who admitted that he drove “a little drunk and hungover”. But as a golden child… what can you do, he said it after the 3 day limitation of testing for alcohol…
And you are right, we only see what they show us, on re-runs. His live interviews, his on track actions and treatment of other drivers is LIVE and IN COLOR. Shane CHOSE to do and say those things, the words he says are from his own mind and during a live race broadcast, it isn’t anyone’s choice but his. Are we to believe that isn’t really him because that isn’t how he acts at home? Then that would mean he is two-faced, which in my book is worse than being just one punk….
Surely, to goodness, they will never allow him to race again in a vehicle going close to 200 miles per hour..Lets leave the addicts to the NBA< NFL etc. Please don’t start this rehabilation crap in the Nascar series, Most of the drug users in the other sports are the same people over and over..So we already know his habits , why prolong it, and let him jeapordize other peoples lives…
We could be talking about anything from Ephedra to Heroin. If its one rule for all, then I think NASCAR has made a mistake. I think all parties should be more open about what has happened. We know about anything that happens in other sports, why not this one?
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