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Hmiel gets lifetime NASCAR ban after failing drug test

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Driver Shane Hmiel has been suspended
from competition for life by NASCAR after failing a third substance
abuse test.
"Shane failed to fulfill the prescribed rehabilitation program
scheduled by NASCAR," NASCAR spokesman Ramsey Poston said Friday.
"As a result, Shane has forfeited his opportunity to compete in
any NASCAR-sanctioned events."
Asked if there is any possibility of Hmiel racing in NASCAR
sometime in the future, he said, "No, it is a lifetime ban."
Hmiel, the 26-year-old son of longtime crew chief and team
official Steve Hmiel, was first suspended in September 2003 after
failing a test. He completed a required rehabilitation program and
was reinstated for NASCAR competition in February 2004.
But he was suspended again last June after failing a second
substance abuse test.
NASCAR had laid out a road map for Hmiel's possible
reinstatement in 2007 that included medical and psychological
reviews and frequent testing. NASCAR said Hmiel failed one of those
tests.
NASCAR's Substance Abuse Policy, based on "reasonable
suspicion," allows the sanctioning organization to broadly
administer tests virtually anytime, anywhere.