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Daniel Hemric (born January 27, 1991) is an American professional stock car racing driver. He currently competes full-time in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, driving the No. 8 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 for Richard Childress Racing.

Daniel Hemric
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Hemric at Road America in 2018
Born (1991-01-27) January 27, 1991 (age 28)
Kannapolis, North Carolina
Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series career
14 races run over 2 years
Car no., teamNo. 8 (Richard Childress Racing)
2018 position61st
Best finish61st (2018)
First race2018 Toyota Owners 400 (Richmond)
Last race2019 Digital Ally 400 (Kansas)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 1 0
NASCAR Xfinity Series career
66 races run over 2 years
2018 position3rd
Best finish3rd (2018)
First race2017 PowerShares QQQ 300 (Daytona)
Last race2018 Ford EcoBoost 300 (Homestead)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 39 5
NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series career
50 races run over 5 years
2018 position103rd
Best finish6th (2016)
First race2013 Kroger 200 (Martinsville)
Last race2018 North Carolina Education Lottery 200 (Charlotte)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 30 0
Statistics current as of May 11, 2019.

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Racing careerEdit

 
Hemric stands with his first go-kart at the Brad Keselowski Racing shop in Statesville, NC

A native of Kannapolis, North Carolina,[1] Hemric began his career at the age of five, competing in go-kart racing at the 1/5-mile Concord Speedway, winning 11 races and a track championship at the North Carolina facility before moving up to Bandolero car five years later.[2] During that time, he started doing his backflip celebration, which was taken from Carl Edwards.[3] At 16, Hemric moved up to Legends cars, and in 2008, he won the track's Pro championship, as well as the first of two back-to-back Legends Pro national championships.[2] In 2009, with nearly 60 wins in just under 80 starts, he maxed out his National Points early on the way to winning his second national Legends Pro championship, in addition to earning the Summer Shootout Series championship on the strength of six races in 10 starts.[4] In 2010, Hemric won the Legends Million at Charlotte Motor Speedway, winning the largest paycheck in Legends car history, $250,000.[5]

Late in the 2010 racing season, Hemric made his debut in the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour;[2] he would run selected races in that series and in the Whelen Modified Tour over the next three years, while in 2012 he ran a full season in late model cars, winning the Champion Racing Association JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour championship, scoring eight victories on his way to the title.[4] Hemric won the Summer Shootout Series championship again in 2013,[4] in addition to competing in the Southern Super Series late model championship,[1] driving the No. 98 Ford for Carswell Motorsports.[6] He also competed in the Blizzard Series late model tour,[7] winning the series' 2013 championship.[8]

 
Hemric's No. 19 Reese Brands F-150 during practice for the 2016 Careers for Veterans 200 at Michigan International Speedway.

In October 2013, Hemric made his debut in NASCAR national series competition at Martinsville Speedway, driving the No. 6 Chevrolet for Sharp Gallaher Racing in the Camping World Truck Series.[9] He suffered early issues, finishing 32nd.[10] On November 2, he finished second in the 29th annual All American 400 late model race to Chase Elliott, winning the 2013 Southern Super Series championship by one point over Bubba Pollard.[11] In early November 2013, he finished 13th in his second Truck Series race, at Phoenix International Raceway.[12] Hemric made his third Truck start in 2014 for NTS Motorsports, finishing a solid 12th at Homestead.

In 2015, Hemric announced that he would compete full-time for the first time in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series with NTS Motorsports. Hemric drove the No. 14 California Clean Power Chevrolet Silverado and competed for the 2015 NASCAR Rookie of the Year title.[13] Hemric earned a best finish of fourth (Dover International Speedway, Bristol Motor Speedway, Canadian Tire Motorsport Park) and ran as high as fifth in the NCWTS Driver Point Standings, ultimately finishing the season seventh in the championship standings.[14]

 
Hemric during the 2016 Media Tour

On November 3, Hemric announced that he would join Brad Keselowski Racing to drive the No. 19 Ford F-150 in 2016.[15] Hemric started the season with an 8th place finish at Daytona. Hemric later majority of the races with many top 5 finish but no wins. Hemric would make the Chase after being the highest non-winner points.

 
Hemric's No. 21 Childress car at Road America in 2017

On September 17, 2016, it was announced that Hemric would join Richard Childress Racing in 2017. Hemric ran full Xfinity Series schedule and competed for Rookie of the Year, driving the No. 21 Chevy Camaro.[16] Hemric made his Xfinity debut at the 2017 PowerShares QQQ 300 at Daytona, which is where he finished 31st after being caught up in an early crash. He rebounded the next week at Atlanta, finishing 9th for his first career Xfinity top-10 finish. At Bristol, Hemric won the Dash 4 Cash. At Richmond, he won his first career pole and then scored a then career-best 3rd-place finish. At Mid-Ohio, Hemric would run in the top 5 for most of the day, bringing home an impressive and career-best 2nd place finish. In the playoffs, Hemric advanced to the Championship Round at Homestead as the lone non-JR Motorsports driver.[17] Despite starting the race strong, he was eventually plagued by battery issues that dropped him 12 laps behind the leader.[18] He finished 34th and 13 laps down, fourth in the points.[19]

In November 2017, Hemric practiced and qualified the No. 27 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series car of RCR driver Paul Menard at the AAA Texas 500 weekend, qualifying 21st; Menard was on paternity leave but returned for the race.[20]

Hemric returned to RCR's No. 21 for the 2018 season in addition to a part-time schedule in the Truck Series, driving the No. 20 Chevrolet Silverado for Young's Motorsports.[21] On March 20, 2018, it was announced that Hemric would attempt two races in the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, the spring Richmond race and the Charlotte Roval race driving the No. 8 RCR Chevrolet.[22] In his Cup debut at the 2018 Toyota Owners 400, he qualified 22nd and finished 32nd, three laps down.[23]

On September 28, 2018, RCR announced that beginning in 2019, Hemric would be the full-time driver of the No. 31 Chevrolet in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, competing for 2019 Rookie of the Year honors.[24] Two days later, he drove another Cup race at the new Charlotte Roval, going up to 2nd at one point, but got caught up in a late-race wreck and finished 23rd.

On December 14, 2018, RCR announced that Hemric would be driving the No. 8 car instead of the No. 31 car for the 2019 season.[25] In his first race in the No. 8 at the 2019 Daytona 500, he drove a gold paint scheme to celebrate RCR's 50th Anniversary.[26]

Personal lifeEdit

On July 28, 2015, Hemric announced his engagement to K&N Pro Series East driver Kenzie Ruston.[27] They married on January 7, 2017.[28]

Motorsports career resultsEdit

NASCAREdit

(key) (Bold − Pole position awarded by qualifying time. Italics − Pole position earned by points standings or practice time. * – Most laps led.)

Monster Energy Cup SeriesEdit

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series results
Year Team No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 MENCC Pts Ref
2017 Richard Childress Racing 27 Chevy DAY ATL LVS PHO CAL MAR TEX BRI RCH TAL KAN CLT DOV POC MCH SON DAY KEN NHA IND POC GLN MCH BRI DAR RCH CHI NHA DOV CLT TAL KAN MAR TEX
QL
PHO HOM NA - [29]
2018 8 DAY ATL LVS PHO CAL MAR TEX BRI RCH
32
TAL DOV KAN CLT POC MCH SON CHI DAY KEN NHA POC GLN MCH BRI DAR IND LVS RCH CLT
23
DOV TAL KAN MAR TEX PHO HOM 61st 01 [30]
2019 DAY
34
ATL
20
LVS
23
PHO
18
CAL
33
MAR
27
TEX
33
BRI
30
RCH
19
TAL
5
DOV
25
KAN
18
CLT
POC MCH SON CHI DAY KEN NHA POC GLN MCH BRI DAR IND LVS RCH CLT DOV TAL KAN MAR TEX PHO HOM -* -* [31]
– Qualified for Paul Menard
Daytona 500Edit
Year Team Manufacturer Start Finish
2019 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 29 34

Xfinity SeriesEdit

NASCAR Xfinity Series results
Year Team No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 NXSC Pts Ref
2017 Richard Childress Racing 21 Chevy DAY
31
ATL
9
LVS
13
PHO
7
CAL
11
TEX
32
BRI
5
RCH
3
TAL
38
CLT
13
DOV
13
POC
9
MCH
12
IOW
21
DAY
32
KEN
9
NHA
12
IND
8
IOW
7
GLN
11
MOH
2
BRI
7
ROA
15
DAR
18
RCH
4
CHI
4
KEN
7
DOV
4
CLT
7
KAN
18
TEX
14
PHO
5
HOM
34
4th 4003 [32]
2018 DAY
26
ATL
11
LVS
6
PHO
6
CAL
5
TEX
3
BRI
3
RCH
29
TAL
23
DOV
3
CLT
7
POC
3
MCH
2
IOW
3
CHI
5
DAY
8
KEN
2
NHA
11
IOW
11
GLN
16
MOH
3
BRI
24
ROA
3
DAR
11
IND
5
LVS
29
RCH
3
CLT
10
DOV
7
KAN
2*
TEX
10
PHO
2
HOM
5
3rd 4033 [33]

Camping World Truck SeriesEdit

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series results
Year Team No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 NCWTC Pts Ref
2013 Sharp Gallaher Racing 6 Chevy DAY MAR CAR KAN CLT DOV TEX KEN IOW ELD POC MCH BRI MSP IOW CHI LVS TAL MAR
32
TEX PHO
13
HOM 47th 43 [34]
2014 NTS Motorsports 20 Chevy DAY MAR KAN CLT DOV TEX GTW KEN IOW ELD POC MCH BRI MSP CHI NHA LVS TAL MAR TEX PHO HOM
12
64th 32 [35]
2015 14 DAY
26
ATL
19
MAR
12
KAN
10
CLT
17
DOV
4
TEX
9
GTW
9
IOW
8
KEN
18
ELD
5
POC
9
MCH
7
BRI
4
MSP
4
CHI
25
NHA
6
LVS
6
TAL
28
MAR
12
TEX
14
PHO
21
HOM
8
7th 733 [36]
2016 Brad Keselowski Racing 19 Ford DAY
8
ATL
4
MAR
22
KAN
3
DOV
9
CLT
9
TEX
10
IOW
15
GTW
3
KEN
3
ELD
8
POC
22
BRI
3
MCH
3
MSP
3
CHI
2
NHA
28
LVS
2
TAL
11
MAR
9
TEX
3
PHO
13
HOM
5
6th 2163 [37]
2018 Young's Motorsports 20 Chevy DAY ATL LVS MAR DOV KAN CLT
21
TEX IOW GTW CHI KEN ELD POC MCH BRI MSP LVS TAL MAR TEX PHO HOM 103rd 01 [38]

K&N Pro Series EastEdit

NASCAR K&N Pro Series East results
Year Team No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 NKNPSEC Pts Ref
2015 NTS Motorsports 20 Chevy NSM GRE
5
BRI
8
IOW BGS LGY COL NHA IOW GLN
10
MOT VIR RCH DOV 27th 109 [39]

Whelen Modified TourEdit

NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour results
Year Car owner No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 NWMTC Pts Ref
2011 Roger Hill 79 Pontiac THO STA STA MON THO NHA RIV STA NHA BRI DEL THO LIM NHA STA THO
18
48th 109 [40]
2012 THO
20
STA
11
MON STA WAT NHA STA THO BRI THO RIV NHA STA THO 35th 57 [41]

Whelen Southern Modified TourEdit

NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour results
Year Car owner No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 NSWMTC Pts Ref
2010 Roger Hill 19 Pontiac ATL CRW SBO CRW BGS BRI CRW
15
LGY TRI CLT
5
26th 273 [42]
2011 CRW HCY SBO CRW CRW BGS BRI
11
19th 571 [43]
79 CRW
7
LGY THO TRI CRW CLT
11
CRW
3
2012 CRW
6
CRW
3
SBO CRW
6
CRW BGS BRI LGY THO CRW CLT 23rd 117 [44]

* Season still in progress
1 Ineligible for series points

ARCA Racing SeriesEdit

(key) (Bold – Pole position awarded by qualifying time. Italics – Pole position earned by points standings or practice time. * – Most laps led.)

ARCA Racing Series results
Year Team No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 ARSC Pts Ref
2015 NTS Motorsports 92 Chevy DAY
12
MOB NSH SLM TAL TOL NJE POC MCH CHI WIN IOW IRP POC BLN ISF DSF SLM KEN KAN 103rd 170 [45]

ReferencesEdit

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External linksEdit

Achievements
Preceded by
Inaugural
Southern Super Series Champion
2013
Succeeded by
Incumbent