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Shane Hmiel News

October 10, 2010 by staff 

Shane Hmiel, (CP) – Former NASCAR driver Shane Hmiel (pronounced meals) is in a critical but stable condition after being shot Saturday night during qualifying for the U.S. Auto Club Silver Crown Racing race at Terre Haute Action on the track.

Hmiel was banned for life from NASCAR in 2006 after failing three drug tests. The USAC said the pilot of 30 years of Pleasant Garden, NC, was taken to Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis, where he was in critical condition with head injuries.

A news release from the USAC Hmiel said Sunday remained in the unit of a hospital intensive care and had to undergo surgery within 24 hours.

The Tribune-Star of Terre Haute reported that Hmiel’s No. 17 car struck the outside wall between the third and fourth rounds and rolled over several times and damaged the protective cage.

Hmiel father, Steve, said his son has a “long road to recovery.”

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