Racer Shane Hmiel in Critical Conditi...

Racer Shane Hmiel in Critical Condition After Crash in Qualifying

There are 58 comments on the Fox 8 WGHP story from Oct 9, 2010, titled Racer Shane Hmiel in Critical Condition After Crash in Qualifying. In it, Fox 8 WGHP reports that:

Shane Hmiel, banned for life from NASCAR in 2006 after failing three drug tests, was critically injured Saturday night during qualifying for the U.S. Auto Racing Club's Silver Crown race at Terre Haute Action Track.

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Lisa Hmiel Stafford

Southfield, MI

#42 Oct 12, 2010
Tina Foyil wrote:
Just an update for those of us who show compassion at a time like this. Shane underwent a 7 hour surgery on his back yesterday. Doctors say it went well but still no movement from the waist down. Had some movement in his arms overnight. He respones to voices but hasn't opened his eyes. Now..... I think what most of us are saying is that there is a time and a place for everything. Shane was in a very bad accident and was in critical condition. It was not the time or place to bring up his past. And yes, he has paid for his mistakes. He has worked very hard to try an make a better name for himself. He doesn't try to hide behind his bi-polar diease. He took full responsibility for what he did. He has worked with children and he has been CLEAN FOR ALMOST 4 years. I just get so angry that this country has become so negitive, but thats what makes the ratings. You have to look hard everyday in the newspapers to find something good about someone because those types of stories don't sale. When they broke the story about Shane it should have ended with keep this young man and his family in your thoughts and prayers... oh but wait, we can't do that anymore either.... And yes, Lisa Hmeil is a very dear friend of mine. I heard the voice of a mother that was terrified she was going to lose her son. Wasnt the TIME OR PLACE to make her or the family relive the past..... Next thing you know the obituaries will list any violations or arrect or skeletons in your closet when you die.. so those of you who don't beleive in the right time or place for things better watch out.......! Clean up your closet!
Tina Foyil, I am Steve Hmiel's Cousin...We grew up in upstate NY together. Steve's dad and my dad were brother's. My brother Gordy Hmiel and Steve were very close. My brother was a drag racer for NHRA. Steve and Lisa were very compassionate to our family when my dad and brother died in a plane crash together. They are wonderful people and parents! My heart is truly saddened by what has happened to Shane, and for his entire family. I just wanted to tell you that I am very impressed with your letter. I agree with you 100%!!! You speak the absolute truth. The Hmiel family, I am sure appreciates you, and so do I!! You are a true friend!
Mary

Fredericksburg, VA

#43 Oct 12, 2010
OSUSam wrote:
<quoted text>
Blue Dog Dem, Shane wasn't a drug addict as you might know it. He is bi-polar, which is a chemical imbalance in the brain. Before you pass judgement, please read my comment above. My wife and I have a 32 year old daughter who has to live with us because she is severely bi-polar. It is a horrible disease.
"OSUSam," you are so right.

I remember a few years back where my buddies & I had a rule in terms of our crew that anyone suspended by NASCAR for drug use was automatically declared evil. I even had the dumb habit of nicknaming Shane "Drug-Boy".

Everything change in May 2009. It was Kevin Grubb's suicide that led me to figure out the true meaning of mental illnesses. Though I did know of Ray Combs' death (Also a suicide) & learned the circumstances behind that, it was Kevin's death that taught me that I was wrong about drivers suspended for drug use. It was after his death I learned the circumstances of his 2nd suspension, which I now clarify as unjustified (& also the reason I fear for Jeremy Mayfield's mental health & life).

It was actually last month I learned about Shane Hmiel being bipolar VIA this article:

http://www.popoffvalve.com/2010/8/5/1607033/h...

I found out the truth about him & realized not only I, but many fans were wrong about Shane. I disbanded the "Drug-Boy" nickname & now see him as a good guy, who got through his issues considering his bipolar condition. I realized my error, & I'm glad to see many other do too. I am glad to learn this lesson...

... Now today I see him as a person fighting for his life. Everyone is praying & thinking about him. He made it through his mental issues, & hopefully he'll make it through this too.

Hopefully, Shane will make a full recovery & return to race again!...
racing fan

High Point, NC

#44 Oct 13, 2010
Whoyakidding wrote:
<quoted text> ****, throwing in the blurp about his suspension was unnessasary and in poor taste under these conditions. It added nothing of revelence to this story.
no it needed to be said, if he hadnt been doing drugs and was still with nascar, would it have happened? who knows, right? hes a great guy that just made some mistakes, we all have made them, they arent saying hes a bad guy or anything af that nature, but mabe people were wondering where he had been, at any rate my thoughts and prayers are with him and his family, god speed shane hmiel!
Tisk Tisk

Kernersville, NC

#45 Oct 13, 2010
Blue Dog Dem wrote:
mike and texan,
Can you explain how this young man has "paid for his mistakes" or "redeemed himself"? Exactly what did he have to do to "pay". The ban from nascar was the penalty - not the payment. Staying off drugs isn't redemption - it's called being an adult. If this guy would have gone to jail for doing illegal drugs - perhaps that would be payment. If he worked weekly in a volunteer capacity telling kids to stay off drugs - perhaps that would be payment and lead to redemption. It doesn't appear that he's done anything but race and try to put his past behind him. That's fine, by the way - but don't try to make him sound like he's inspiring others or going out of his way to make a difference in this world.
Well said I agree 100% good thing no one else was injured. And it's not bad reporting on Fox 8 or AP because they stated the facts here people if they hadn't people wouldn't know why he wasn't with NASCAR they report the entire story not half of it. And you people need to stop blaming things on mental conditions and making excuses he took drugs to feel better, no he took drugs to get high. God speed on your recovery.
HMIEL10

United States

#46 Oct 13, 2010
IT MAKES ME EXTREMELY MAD AT ALL THE IGNORANT PEOPLE ON HERE BAD MOUTHING SHANE... YOU ARE EXTREMELY HEARTLESS AND I HOPE THINGS COME BACK AND HAUNT YOU ... YOU ARE ALL HEARTLESS IF YOU THINK THAT SHANE DESERVES THIS.... THE HMIEL FAMILY ARE PRECIOUS PEOPLE AND THEY DO ALOT FOR THE COMMUNITY... SHANE HAS CHANGED HIS LIFE AROUND BY HELPING OTHERS .... FOR SOME PEOPLE THAT IS A HARD THING ... TALKING ABOUT THE MISTAKES TO OTHERS YOU MADE ARE HARD FOR ANYONE...

Since: Jan 10

Wheeling, IL

#47 Oct 13, 2010
Sprint Cars,
You said it, "If you aren't loaded with money or know someone in NASCAR you don't get rides." Shane's father got him that ride by way of his racing connections. Not by hard work or talent - by knowing someone. It was handed to him on a silver platter and he wasted a great, once-in-a-lifetine opportunity.

OSUSam,
I never said he was a drug addict. Others that claim to know him said he'd self-medicated and "tried everything". Not one person has said that he was hooked on legally obtained prescription medication or street drugs - and I didn't assume that either. I simply stated fact... he knew he was doing some illegal substance against nascar rules. Bi-polar doesn't mean you cannot make reasonable and adult decisions.

As far as other posts that he's performed community service - that's great. I wasn't aware of that and for what it's worth, that makes a difference in my book. I'm hopeful that his experices and talks have helped others to avoid such a selfish and destructive path as his own.

And as I stated in previous posts, I pray for Shane's healing and comfort for his family.
HMIEL10

United States

#48 Oct 13, 2010
Shane is a AWESOME Driver... he did not get a silver plate handed to him.... He has a brother who is not in racing... so if that was the case then why did he not get into racing as well.... you might be stating The facts you think you know but it is incorrect for those who know the Hmiels personally....Please just STOP making comments that you have no idea about... unless you know him and his family personally... I don't see how you could make such comments and then say you are praying for them.... I could tell it was real heartfelt

Since: Jan 10

Wheeling, IL

#49 Oct 13, 2010
HMIEL10,
Harvick, Johnson, and Elliott are just 3 racers off the top of my head that have brothers not in racing. There are dozens of others. Any one of these people could drop a name and have a ride. "Sprint Car" said that. He's right and you know it.

This is a public forum where that first amendment thingy gets exercised. It's not exactly the place to come for consolation and comfort. We express ideas and thoughts and have open dialog. We often disagree. If your sensitivities are bruised by people's opinions - I suggest you find another venue where you'll find the level of compassion that you require.

Finally, I pray for lots of people every day that I disagree with or don't know. The president, congress, my sister (another story), our military, firemen, and police, and those on my church's prayer list. I didn't pray to you, so I'm not concerned with whether you believe my prayers are heartfelt. I prayed to our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. He knows my prayers are sincere and He knows my heart.
HMIEL10

United States

#50 Oct 13, 2010
Ok and my defensive... I am not sensitive to this subject but in your previous forums you stated some pretty wrong ideas
What you wrote as far as How did he pay for his mistakes and him having silver platter given to him are you saying that is not being Judgemental... You being a " Christian" and all I thought you were not to judge others... and in my opinion is that you are being very judgemental on Shane... you are right you don't have to answer to me and I don't have to answer to you but I think you should be more "sensitive" to those who know him and to his family in this difficult time... for all you know shane may not know the Lord and you are being judgemental towards him... and if I was not a christian and did not know the Lord this would not help my decision in becoming one....I don't need consolation and comfort.. that can only come from the lord....and as far as your comment " We express ideas and thoughts and have open dialog. We often disagree. If your sensitivities are bruised by people's opinions -" you have a right to your opinion but you have not right be judgemental... so that is my take on things...

Since: Jan 10

Wheeling, IL

#51 Oct 14, 2010
HMIEL10,
Sure I have a right to be judgemental, opinionated, and even wrong. It's guaranteed in the constitution. However, I'm not judging this young man that I don't know. Of course, that's my opinion, but it's a correct opinion. And I don't have to be sensitive towards anyone on this forum, but I think I should be mature.

I pointed out what I see as obvious attempts to manipulate the tragic story. It all started because on poster complained that fox8 mentioned the fact that he was banned from nascar for illegal drug use. Some complained - I and other believe that it's part of the whole story. That's it. That's the root of this. Now others want to rush in and defend this young man's past and try to provide some sort of path to sainthood for him.

If you've read my posts on other topics, you know that I call 'em like I see 'em. About the only point I made that might be debatable is whether Shane got preferential treatment because of his father. I say he did. Am I wrong? Maybe, but i doubt it. But that's what this forum is for - the free exchange of ideas and opinions.

Twist and turn as you might, you're not going to use Christianity to defend your position. Being a Christian yourself, you know as well as I do that there's a difference between expressing opinion and being judgemental. I'm not judging his salvation or his witness. I'm expressing opinions that have nothing to do with Biblical principles and salvation. This topic isn't about whether Shane is saved or not. I pray he is, but I'm not in a position to address that issue. This topic isn't about making the family feel better. I'll say it again - if you're coming to an internet forum looking for sympathy and comfort based on a news story - you're in the wrong place and aren't very smart.
Tina Foyil

Greensboro, NC

#52 Oct 14, 2010
Please visit Shane Hmeil - Road to Recovery for updates on Shane. Also here is a great story on Shane published in FLATOUT
http://www.mompub.com/flatout.php
http://www.facebook.com/l.php...

Maybe this article will help people understand just how hard Shane has worked and what type of young man he is. Steve has stood by his son's side but has never handed him anything on a silver platter. His talent is what got him in the door of racing, not his father. I hope everyone enjoys this.
HMIEL10

United States

#53 Oct 14, 2010
Blue Dem Dog....
I am calling as I see it ....YOU ARE A COMPLETE IDIOT!!!! I am NOT going to argue about this... you obiviously are going to continue trying to express your "IDEAS and OPINIONS" ON SOMETHING YOU KNOW LITTLE ABOUT!!! And for you to say I am not smart on my opinions makes me think you are a JERK... and regardless of what you think.... FOX 8 News could have left out the part about him being banned my Husband works for a news station and he will tell you some things are better left alone... the news is there for people's entertainment not always knowing the "REAL" facts... if that makes me "not smart" because I know how the news business works...then that makes you a idiot for believing everything you hear from them...In my opininon that makes me a smart person because I know not to listen to everything the NEWS SAYS!!!! QUIT RESPONDING DIRECTLY TO ME AND IF THIS FORUM IS SO IMPORTANT TO YOU AND THIS TOPIC IS SO IMPORTANT TO YOU THEN EXPRESS YOUR OPINIONS DIRECTLY AND NOT TO ME ANYMORE....UNDERSTOOD???

Since: Jan 10

Wheeling, IL

#54 Oct 14, 2010
To Whom It May Concern (rather than responding directly to any individual that may be adding their opinions and comments on this thread),

Looks like I found a raw nerve. Some people should really give decaf a try. I'll easily accept being called an idiot and a jerk. If that's the worst thing that happens to me today, woohoo!

Opinions are what they are and folks are free to express them. Clearly stated, people that imbibe on internet forums looking for unwavering support from everyone else are not smart. I expect my own opinions to be contrary to others at times. Perhaps everyone (not naming any names) should.

While a little off topic, I read a previous post (not to directly mention any screen names) that stated that "some things are better left alone" in the news industry and the news is there for our "entertainment". No - that's called editorial and opinion writing. News is not supposed to be simply "entertaining". It's suppose to be informative. News requires FACTS (Fast, Accurate, Concise, Truth). Fox8 could have ignored the Shane Hmiel story entirely. They could have ignored his father's connection to Earnhardt. Fox8 could have left out the reference to USAC. But all of these (as well as his past drug abuse) are facts and part of the whole story. Just because some would prefer to ignore the facts does not mean that they do not exist.

“Stick it.”

Since: Sep 09

Location hidden

#55 Oct 21, 2010
Tina Foyil wrote:
Please visit Shane Hmeil - Road to Recovery for updates on Shane. Also here is a great story on Shane published in FLATOUT
http://www.mompub.com/flatout.php
http://www.facebook.com/l.php...
Maybe this article will help people understand just how hard Shane has worked and what type of young man he is. Steve has stood by his son's side but has never handed him anything on a silver platter. His talent is what got him in the door of racing, not his father. I hope everyone enjoys this.
Neither of those links provided updates. Any updates you can speak of?
OSUSam

Fullerton, CA

#56 Oct 25, 2010
Mary wrote:
<quoted text>
"OSUSam," you are so right.
I remember a few years back where my buddies & I had a rule in terms of our crew that anyone suspended by NASCAR for drug use was automatically declared evil. I even had the dumb habit of nicknaming Shane "Drug-Boy".
Everything change in May 2009. It was Kevin Grubb's suicide that led me to figure out the true meaning of mental illnesses. Though I did know of Ray Combs' death (Also a suicide) & learned the circumstances behind that, it was Kevin's death that taught me that I was wrong about drivers suspended for drug use. It was after his death I learned the circumstances of his 2nd suspension, which I now clarify as unjustified (& also the reason I fear for Jeremy Mayfield's mental health & life).
It was actually last month I learned about Shane Hmiel being bipolar VIA this article:
http://www.popoffvalve.com/2010/8/5/1607033/h...
I found out the truth about him & realized not only I, but many fans were wrong about Shane. I disbanded the "Drug-Boy" nickname & now see him as a good guy, who got through his issues considering his bipolar condition. I realized my error, & I'm glad to see many other do too. I am glad to learn this lesson...
... Now today I see him as a person fighting for his life. Everyone is praying & thinking about him. He made it through his mental issues, & hopefully he'll make it through this too.
Hopefully, Shane will make a full recovery & return to race again!...
Mary, you're a great person. Thank you for your insight. God bless you.

“IN GOD WE TRUST”

Since: Jun 07

Raleigh

#57 Oct 25, 2010
According to Dave Moody on NASCAR radio this evening, Shane went thru surgery this afternoon to repair the tear in his corotid artery. The surgery was successful and he was resting comfortably. They reported Shane is breathing 95% on his own.
Mary

Fredericksburg, VA

#58 Oct 26, 2010
OSUSam wrote:
<quoted text>
Mary, you're a great person. Thank you for your insight. God bless you.
Thank you for your comments "OSUSam"! I really appreciate that a whole lot!

"This Texan likes Nascar," the easiest way to get updates on Shane Hmiel is the link below:

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Shane-Hmiel-Roa...

“Stick it.”

Since: Sep 09

Location hidden

#59 Nov 4, 2010
http://www.scenedaily.com/news/articles/sprin...

Out of hospital. I hope he is able to walk again.

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