Daniel Hemric
JR Motorsports
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
Wins Rookie of the Year Honors
November 19, 2019
Hemric used his best performance of the year on an intermediate track to clinch the 2019 Sunoco Rookie of the Year Award on Sunday at Homestead-Miami Speedway, NASCAR.com reports.
Hemric turned in a impressive 12th-place finish in the final race of 2019. That was good enough to clinch the 2019 Rookie of the Year honors over Ryan Preece. It's unfortunate that Hemric will not be returning to the No. 8 RCR Chevrolet next season, but he will have the ROTY honor as a reminder of his solid season. Hemric will move to the JR Motorsports No. 8 Chevy in the Xfinity Series next season and make 21 starts for that strong race team.
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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 Hollywood Casino 400 Pole
October 19, 2019
Hemric won the pole for the Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway Saturday afternoon. He turned a fast lap of 178.047 mph.
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Fast Kansas Happy Hour
October 18, 2019
Hemric was fastest in Happy Hour practice for the Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway Friday afternoon. He turned a fast lap of 177.830 mph.
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Not Returning to RCR
September 17, 2019
Richard Childress Racing announced Tuesday afternoon that Hemric will not return to the No. 8 in the Cup Series next season. Childress has said he expects Tyler Reddick to move to Cup next year and this opening up a seat for that opportunity, Richard Childress Racing PR reports.
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Qualifying Time Disallowed
August 10, 2019
NASCAR officials threw out the qualifying speeds of both Richard Childress Racing entries Friday after the two cars were found with unapproved alternators at Michigan International Speedway, NASCAR.com reports.
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Crash and DNF at New Hampshire
July 21, 2019
Hemric crashed and finished 37th in the Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway Sunday afternoon.
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