Neither Hmiel nor NASCAR would specify the particular substances in question, but rumors surfaced regarding everything from marijuana to cocaine.
"Well, that's like most things, I guess. NASCAR is a talking sport. That's how a lot of people get things done, by talking," Hmiel said. "Rumors are rumors. It's not my spot to say what's what.
"There ain't but three, four people in the world that know what happened, and of course I can't speak on it, but rumors are what people that don't have much to talk about, talk about. They hurt at first, and my mom and dad told me not to read all the Internet stuff.
"Then, after about I month I said, 'Screw this. I'm gonna make this make me a better person.' So I started reading the stuff. I just have to keep doing everything I know to do, and hopefully I'll get back at it and get a chance to be a champion someday."