Hmiel Still Has Driving Force

  • Posted by lnorton
  • On August 21, 2015
The racer hadn’t raced in more than two years, not since the paralyzing accident pulled the emergency brake on the speed that defined him. Speed made the racer feel normal — empowered, even — when nothing else could. The racer yearned to feel the rush again to harness the unbridled fury like a thoroughbred leaving […]
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Broken Body, Repaired Soul

  • Posted by lnorton
  • On August 21, 2015
Admission for Shane Hmiel came by way of a throbbing right hand so painful the weight of a single bed sheet hit like an anvil and reduced him to tears. Even in his sleep. He had been partying hard at a local bar the night before when someone poured a beer down his back. They […]
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Shane Hmiel Defies All the Odds to Race a Car Again

  • Posted by lnorton
  • On August 21, 2015
In some ways, when Shane Hmiel enters the car Saturday at Rockingham Speedway, it will be the most natural thing in the world. Except for the fact that it was never supposed to happen, or so Hmiel and his family thought. Hmiel was an up-and-coming NASCAR driver, making a name for himself in the Nationwide […]
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Hmiel Turns Tragedy into a Positive

  • Posted by lnorton
  • On August 21, 2015
Heads turned as Shane Hmiel navigated his way through the crowded pits in his wheelchair at Bristol Motor Speedway last month. Some fans remembered the face and some knew the famous racing pedigree. Few people know the actual story of Hmiel‚Äôs grueling road to recovery and redemption. This son of former NASCAR engineer and crew […]
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