After Winning Rookie Title, Daniel Hemric will Regroup at JR Motorsports

HOMESTEAD, FLORIDA – NOVEMBER 16: Daniel Hemric, driver of the #8 myblu Chevrolet, drives during practice for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 16, 2019, in Homestead, Florida. Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images

Sunday was bittersweet for Daniel Hemric.

After finishing 12th in his final run in the No. 8 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet, Hemric was crowned Sunoco Rookie of the Year in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.

Next year, however, Hemric won’t be driving in the Cup series, having been replaced in his RCR ride by two-time NASCAR Xfinity Series champion Tyler Reddick. Hemric will compete in 21 races for JR Motorsports in the Xfinity Series in 2020.

“Yeah, I’m really pumped up starting right to getting to work on that deal,” Hemric said after the Ford EcoBoost 400. “It’s kind of a breath of fresh air knowing I’ve got the opportunity to go back and… having runs like tonight make me go into the offseason knowing I can compete and race at this level.”

Hemric finished 25th in the final standings in his first season at NASCAR’s top level.

“It’s the little things when you have a season like we’ve had that get you over that emotional hump,” he said. “I mean, I passed a seven-time champion (Jimmie Johnson) on the last lap of a 60 lap run at Homestead. Those are little victories you find in the light at the end of the tunnel in years like this.”

Daniel Hemric Streaks to First Career NASCAR Cup Pole at Kansas

KANSAS CITY, KANSAS – OCTOBER 19: Daniel Hemric, driver of the #8 Caterpillar Chevrolet, poses with a pole award pedal car after qualifying for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway on October 19, 2019, in Kansas City, Kansas. Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images

Daniel Hemric may be out of the Playoffs and out of his ride at Richard Childress Racing next year, but that didn’t stop the driver of the No. 8 RCR Chevrolet from winning the pole position for Sunday’s Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway (2:30 p.m. ET on NBC, MRN, and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio).

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Tyler Reddick to Make Jump to NASCAR Cup Series in 2020

CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA – SEPTEMBER 28: Tyler Reddick, driver of the #2 Emerson Chevrolet, stands on the grid during qualifying for the NASCAR Xfinity Series Drive for the Cure 250 presented by Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina at Charlotte Motor Speedway on September 28, 2019, in Charlotte, North Carolina. Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Richard Childress Racing announced Wednesday that 2018 NASCAR Xfinity Series champion and current Xfinity Series championship contender Tyler Reddick will take over the team’s No. 8 Caterpillar Chevrolet for the 2020 NASCAR Cup Series season.

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Brad Keselowski Tops Speed Chart in Happy Hour

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With drivers exploring a variety of lines through the corners at windswept Auto Club Speedway, Brad Keselowski jumped to the top of the speed chart on his 27th lap in Saturday’s final Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series practice.

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Late-Race Mishaps Spoil Promising Runs for Two Rookies

Daniel Hemric and Ryan Preece, both Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series rookies in the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway Photos – Chris Graythen/Getty Images

HAMPTON, Ga. – Daniel Hemric was poised for a top-five finish in his second race as a full-time Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver—until his fortunes changed dramatically in the closing laps of Sunday’s Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500.

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Chevrolet, Ford Win Battles, Who Wins the War?

DAYTONA BEACH, FL – FEBRUARY 14: Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Busch Beer Car2Can Ford, leads during the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Gander RV Duel At DAYTONA #1 at Daytona International Speedway on February 14, 2019 in Daytona Beach, Florida. Photo – Brian Lawdermilk/Getty Images

Speedweeks at Daytona International Speedway covers ten days and encompasses many different events leading up to the Great American Race, the Daytona 500.  On the NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series side of racing, the first focus is a week before the main event with Pole Qualifying followed by the Advanced Auto Parts Clash featuring select drivers.  Then in the week leading up to the biggest event in racing, the Gander RV Duel set the starting lineup for the prestigious race this Sunday.

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Rookie Daniel Hemric Still Enjoying the Glow from Surprising Qualifying Effort

DAYTONA BEACH, FL – FEBRUARY 09: Daniel Hemric, driver of the #8 Bass Pro Shops/Caterpillar Chevrolet, stands in the garage area during practice for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series 61st Annual Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on February 9, 2019 in Daytona Beach, Florida. Photo – Jerry Markland/Getty Images

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Daniel Hemric was surprised.

Actually, shocked might be a better description.

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Xfinity Championship 4 Performs Mightily in Season Finale

HOMESTEAD, Fla. – Tyler Reddick book-ended his rookie NASCAR Xfinity season run – with wins in the season-opener in Daytona Beach and again Saturday evening in the Homestead-Miami season finale.

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Tyler Reddick Wins at Homestead in Stunning Xfinity Championship Run


Tyler Reddick, driver of the #9 BurgerFi Chevrolet, celebrates with the trophy in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Xfinity Series Ford EcoBoost 300 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 17, 2018 in Homestead, Florida.
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HOMESTEAD, Fla. – Tyler Reddick was the only driver of the Championship 4 who really liked it on top, and his willingness to run the wall paid off with a race win and a NASCAR Xfinity Series title.

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NASCAR Xfinity Series Whelen Trusted to Perform 200 at Phoenix Preview

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NASCAR Xfinity Series teams are ready for the Whelen Trusted to Perform 200 at ISM Raceway, on Saturday, November 10th at 3:30 pm ET. Pre-race coverage begins at 3 pm ET on NBC, MRN, and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.  Continue reading