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Hmiel will pull double
May 28, 1999 - By JIM UTTER, The Charlotte Observer
CONCORD, N.C. -- Steve Hmiel, technical director at Dale Earnhardt Inc., will pull double
Hmiel will work with his usual team, the No. 1 Chevrolets of Steve Park, but DEI added
another member with the Winston Cup debut Sunday of Dale Earnhardt Jr. in the Coca-Cola
Park will start fifth Sunday, while Earnhardt Jr. will line up eighth.
``I'll be back and forth Sunday, talking to each team about tire pressures. If your guy's
got a problem, we'll help,'' he said. ``We'll talk about fuel strategy, and I'll just
bounce back and forth.''
Hmiel worked as interim crew chief for Park at Richmond two weeks ago while his team
searched for a permanent replacement. Paul Andrews was hired as Park's crew chief last
``I didn't want to be crew chief. I felt we went to Richmond and did a nice job, but for
DEI to do what it's supposed to do, I need to be doing aerodynamic stuff, building lighter
cars,'' Hmiel said. ``We hope to build our own chassis soon.
``I need to help Junior, help Ron Hornaday go (Grand National) racing, seeing where our
truck team ends up. I'm more happy for DEI having me as a technical director than as a
crew chief for one team.''
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