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A Shakespearean Tragedy on Wheels: The Sad Saga of Shane Hmiel

Shane Hmiel was born with racing in his blood, his father had been a championship crew chief and crew member, winning two championships with Richard Petty and one with Terry Labonte. By the time Shane could walk, he knew what he wanted to be—he wanted to be like the guys his dad worked for.Fast forward to 2001 when Shane was getting his racing career under way, he showed promise by winning Rookie of the Year in the Goody's Dash Series (now defunct). After a fifth place points finish in the series, Hmiel moved up to the Busch (now Nationwide) series running full time between 2002-2003. Showing steady improvement through his first season that included eight top-10 finishes and two poles, Hmiel was on the fast track to stardom.In 2003, H...

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