Daniel Hemric
Richard Childress Racing
2019 Fantasy Outlook
The soon-to-be 28-year-old driver is not such a tender rookie driver as the norm. Hemric has well over 100 starts between the Xfinity Series and Gander Outdoors Truck Series the last four years. That experience culminated in his best season ever last year with 23 Top-10 finishes and a third-place points finish in the Xfinity Series for boss Richard Childress. While his experience in the lower touring divisions of NASCAR is conspicuously missing the victories that seem to earmark drivers for success at the Cup level, Hemric does possess the consistency and performance that indicate strong driving skill. He will take over the No. 31 Chevrolet of the departed Ryan Newman and it will be rebranded the No. 8 Chevrolet in honor of RCR's 50th anniversary this year. A lot of eyes and pressure will be on Hemric, but expectations should be reasonable. He will likely win the 2019 Rookie of the Year, but successes will be measured on a small scale and struggles will be plenty. Read Past Outlooks
Leads Opening Charlotte Practice
May 23, 2019
Hemric was fastest in opening practice for the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway Thursday afternoon. He turned a fast lap of 182.791 mph.
Hemric led a trio of Chevrolets to the top of the speed charts Friday in the first Coca-Cola 600 practice. He edged Chase Elliott for the fastest lap in this hour-long session. Hemric had a fast No. 8 Chevrolet in last weekend's All-Star Open, and it appears the team has brought the same speed for Sunday's Coca-Cola 600.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
Hemric will be back with this race team for a second season of action. He piloted this Chevrolet to seven Top-5 and 16 Top-10 finishes last year, but no victories. The team returns completely intact to help Hemric improve in 2018. The lack of consistency last season is what kept Hemric from challenging for wins. Hopefully, he and crew chief Danny Stockman can solve that puzzle in the upcoming season. The sponsorship, support and funding are rock solid, so Hemric has Richard Childress' vote of confidence to keep racing. We expect some minor improvement from Hemric and this team, but it may be a stretch to expect seeing him in victory lane anytime soon.
The young talent is a defector from the Ford and Brad Keselowski Racing camp of the Camping World Truck Series. Hemric spent the past four seasons (two full-time) in that division of NASCAR sharpening his skills. He signed a contract to drive for Childress in 2017 and compete for Rookie of the Year honors in the Xfinity Series. Hemric takes over the strong No. 21 Chevrolet and will be paired with crew chief, Danny Stockman. The talent this driver has is without question. Hemric nabbed 15 Top-5 and 30 Top-10 finishes over his last 46 starts in the truck series. That was good enough for seventh- and sixth-place finishes in the driver standings the last two years. Even though Hemric has no seat time in the Xfinity car, he should quickly adapt and begin to translate his past success to this division of NASCAR.
Hemric joins Brad Keselowski Racing for 2016. He’ll pilot the strong No. 19 Ford for his second full-time season in the Camping World Truck Series. Last year the young driver raced the No. 14 Chevrolet to four Top-5 and 13 Top-10 finishes, but he joins a much stronger team this season. After finishing an impressive seventh in the final driver standings, he’ll aim much higher this year. Under the guidance of crew chief Doug Randolph, Hemric will look to win his first race in this division of NASCAR and push the Top 5 of the driver standings. While those may be lofty goals, the excellence of the BKR No. 19 team can get him there. What Hemric lacks in experience in these trucks, he’ll make up for with the strength of this team. We look for the 24-year-old driver to make some major steps this season.
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Wins Monster Energy Open Pole
May 17, 2019
Hemric won the pole for the Monster Energy Open at Charlotte Motor Speedway Friday evening. He turned a fast lap of 182.168 mph.
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Fast Monster Energy Open Happy Hour
May 17, 2019
Hemric was fastest in Happy Hour practice for the Monster Energy Open at Charlotte Motor Speedway Friday afternoon. He turned a fast lap of 180.234 mph.
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Fifth-Place at Talladega
April 29, 2019
Hemric finished fifth in the GEICO 500 at Talladega Superspeedway Sunday afternoon.
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Disappointing Vegas Finish
March 3, 2019
Hemric finished 23rd in the Pennzoil 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway Sunday afternoon.
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To Drive No. 8 Next Season
December 14, 2018
Hemric will carry a familiar number for his rookie season in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series in 2019, driving the No. 8 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1. The 27-year-old will continue the long tradition of Kannapolis, North Carolina, natives who have driven the No. 8 on the racetrack, Richard Childress Racing PR reports.
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