Hmiel To Wheel No. 43 At Daytona

LEVEL CROSS, N.C. - One of NASCAR's hottest young drivers will drive the No. 43 Berry Burst Cheerios Dodge in the July 5 400-mile Winston Cup race at the 2.5-mile Daytona International Speedway.

Shane Hmiel, the 23-year-old hard-charger whose Innovative Motorsports team has been a major player in the NASCAR Busch Series, will drive the Daytona race for Petty Enterprises. Christian Fittipaldi, who has been driving the No. 43, will move to the No. 44 Bugles Dodge for this race.

"We are very excited to have a young talent like Shane Hmiel drive the No. 43 for us at Daytona," said Kyle Petty, CEO of Petty Enterprises. "George deBidart and Innovative Motorsports were very gracious in allowing us to 'borrow' Shane for this event. They have a tremendous program there, so I know Shane will be used to what he sees on the Winston Cup side of the fence."

Hmiel will be driving a special paint scheme carrying the Berry Burst Cheerios colors. Normally, the No. 43 carries the Cheerios and Betty Crocker paint scheme.

"Daytona and Petty are some pretty special names, and I know Cheerios is especially excited since this is one of their Berry Burst races," Hmiel said. "I'm really excited at this opportunity, and I am so glad George deBidart and Kyle Petty could work this out."

Hmiel is currently 11th in the NASCAR Busch Series points, notching two top-five finishes and five top-10s in his 16 starts this season.

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