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Steve Hmiel Signs Multi-year Deal With DEI

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Steve Hmiel Signs Multi-year Deal With DEI

Hmiel signs multi-year deal with DEI ROCKINGHAM, N.C. (Nov. 1, 1998) Dale Earnhardt Inc. announced Sunday the signing of Steve Hmiel to a three-year contract that calls for the longtime crew chief to oversee DEI's motorsports operations for its ...

Hmiel signs multi-year deal with DEI

ROCKINGHAM, N.C. (Nov. 1, 1998) Dale Earnhardt Inc. announced Sunday the signing of Steve Hmiel to a three-year contract that calls for the longtime crew chief to oversee DEI's motorsports operations for its NASCAR Winston Cup Series, NASCAR Busch Series Grand National Division and NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series teams.

Hmiel will oversee all of the technical development and testing for DEI's three existing teams as well as the development of Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s new NASCAR Winston Cup Series team. Hmiel will coordinate DEI's involement in RAD -- the new aerodynamics alliance DEI formed with Richard Childress Racing and Andy Petree Racing. Other duties include the development of the 1999 Monte Carlo and implementing race day pit strategy.

"Since Steve joined us a month ago, he's shown us a commitment to our race teams," Earnhardt said. "He's shown us that he is a team player. We've sent him to the Rockingham Busch test, the Las Vegas truck test, and Steve has traveled all around the country with the Pennzoil team.

"Steve brings a great deal of experience to a young team and a young organization, and all of our teams are excited about it."

Hmiel said he will work closely with DEI crew chiefs Philippe Lopez, Tony Eury and Fred Graves, transferring internal information among the teams as well as working externally with General Motors and RAD to bring new information to DEI.

"This is a fairly easy decision," Hmiel said. "When I came here I wanted to see what this place was like. But these guys enjoy their jobs and really want to build something in this sport, and that's why I want to be part of this operation."

Hmiel, 44, a Syracuse, N.Y., native, worked at Roush Racing since its formation in 1987, helping Mark Martin's team to eight consecutive finishes in the top six in the NASCAR Winston Cup Series point standings between 1989 and 1996.

Hmiel and Martin combined for 18 victories, 30 pole positions, 111 top-five finishes and 160 top-10 performances in 228 starts. From 1997 until last month, Hmiel served as general manager of Roush Racing's Liberty, N.C.-based operation as well as crew chief for Johnny Benson's car.

Source: NASCAR Online

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Dale Earnhardt , Johnny Benson , Andy Petree , Mark Martin