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Nascar: Shane Hmiel suspended

Old 06-03-05, 12:50 AM
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Nascar: Shane Hmiel suspended

Hmiel got busted again and will lose his ride again.

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- NASCAR on Thursday suspended driver Shane Hmiel indefinitely for violation of the sanctioning body's substance abuse policy. It is the second time in less than two years that Hmiel has been suspended for substance abuse.

Hmiel, 24, was in Dover, Del., preparing for Saturday's MBNA RacePoints 200. He practiced his car Thursday, posting the second-fastest speed in the first practice, but was escorted out of the garage by several NASCAR officials before the second session.

NASCAR officials said that Hmiel tested positive for banned substances after Busch Series qualifying at Lowe's Motor Speedway in Concord, N.C. The positive test violates Section 12-4-A (actions detrimental to stock car racing) and Section 12-4-E (violation of the NASCAR Substance Abuse Policy) of the 2005 NASCAR rule book.

Hmiel, who is 14th in the Busch Series point standings, was suspended indefinitely in September 2003 for the same offenses.

Hmiel is the son of Steve Hmiel, the longtime technical director at Dale Earnhardt Inc., who recently became Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s interim crew chief.

To emphasize the importance of a substance-free sport, NASCAR, in 1988, created its Substance Abuse Policy. The policy provides for testing under reasonable suspicion.

As a result of his positive test in 2003, Shane Hmiel was released by his Busch Series team, Innovative Motorsports. Ironically, it also was at Dover where Hmiel was unseated.

Hmiel was cleared to return to competition by NASCAR in February 2004. His reinstatement carried several conditions, among them random drug testing at NASCAR's discretion.
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Old 06-03-05, 01:31 AM
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What banned substances would a race car driver use?
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Old 06-03-05, 08:09 AM
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Originally Posted by RyoHazuki
What banned substances would a race car driver use?

Their drug policy is actually one of the best, if not the best all together because basically it says you can't do any drugs whatsoever. They can test you at any time, and if you have any toxins present they just drop you like a bad habit, no questions asked.
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Old 06-03-05, 03:23 PM
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Hmiel was a nobody anyway. He won't be missed.
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