racerx Posted April 15, 2005 Report Share Posted April 15, 2005 Hmiel takes pole for Busch race at TMS 07:33 PM CDT on Thursday, April 14, 2005 By RICHARD DURRETT / The Dallas Morning News FORT WORTH -- Shane Hmiel kept all 10 fingers around the steering wheel as he motored through the start-finish line en route to the pole for Saturday’s O’Reilly 300 Busch Series race at Texas Motor Speedway. Two weeks ago in the Busch race at Bristol, Hmiel made an offensive hand gesture to Dale Jarrett after Hmiel ran into the back of Jarrett with five laps to go. He was fined $10,000 and docked 25 points for the transgression. But it clearly hasn’t affected his speed. This is his first pole, but he’s started in the top-10 four times this season. It’s his first pole since August 1, 2003 at Indianapolis Raceway Park. "I love Texas and I hope all these people will forget about the other thing and remember this," said Hmiel, who won his first pole at TMS. Hmiel took advantage of several delays -- including one of 25 minutes because of axel grease on the track -- that moved his already late afternoon qualifying run even later. The cooler track conditions and his car, which was tops in practice, helped Hmiel turn his qualifying lap in 189.840 mph. In a qualifying marred by wrecks, Hmiel decided not even to risk running another lap. Once he had overtaken defending series champion Martin Truex Jr., Hmiel headed to the garage. He didn’t want to risk hitting the wall like Shawna Robinson, J.J. Yeley and Nextel Cup rookie Kyle Busch did. And he knew that the final three qualifiers probably couldn’t catch him. Yeley still made the race because he was in the top-30 in points. The right side of the rear axel of Ryan Hemphill’s car broke early in the session, spraying grease on the track and causing a delay. Carl Edwards, the current points leader, finished third. This is the fifth consecutive Busch race that Edwards has started third or higher. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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