Hmiel disciplined for substance abuse

Sept. 19, 2003 at 2:09 AM

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., Sept. 19 (UPI) -- Busch Series driver Shane Hmiel has been suspended indefinitely by NASCAR and released by Innovative Motorsports Inc. because of apparent substance abuse.

He will remain suspended until he meets terms and conditions set by NASCAR for future reinstatement. After violating NASCAR's substance abuse policy, the 23-year-old is required to attend counseling and undergo periodic random testing.

"NASCAR has a zero tolerance for any type of behavior in violation of our substance abuse policy," said NASCAR President Mike Helton. "While our primary responsibility is the safety of our drivers and our fans, we also have a moral responsibility to protect the integrity of our sport."

To emphasize the critical importance of a substance-free sport, NASCAR created its substance abuse policy in 1988.

Hmiel is eighth in the Busch Series standings. He had four top-five finishes in 26 starts this season for Innovative Motorsports.

"We certainly do not condone this type of behavior, and we fully support NASCAR in its decision," said team owner George deBidart.

Like Us on Facebook for more stories from UPI.com  
Topics: Mike Helton
Latest Headlines
Top Stories
New York Yankees take care of distracted Los Angeles Angels
UFC title-bout pullout has MMA chirping
Burnett, homers propel Pittsburgh Pirates over Detroit Tigers
Cowherd has very awkward interview with Michigan's Harbaugh
Women's World Cup: Own goal sends Japan to final