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Shane Hmiel makes a miraculous turn

Updated: January 25, 2011, 2:44 PM ET
By Marty Smith

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Steve Hmiel was cruising through Atlanta recently when another car sped through a red light and nearly hit him. A bit shaken, he muttered aloud to no one in particular that they'd nearly gotten plowed.

"What's the worst that can happen, Dad," said a chipper voice from the back. "I'd get paralyzed?"

The quip came from Hmiel's son, Shane, who indeed is paralyzed after a brutal crash during USAC qualifying at Terre Haute, Ind., on Oct. 9. Shane was initially ...

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