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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NASCAR Xfinity Series Regulars Poised for Victory

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This will be a truer test of the NASCAR Xfinity Series championship situation with Cup rookie Ryan Preece the only fulltime Cup driver entered in Saturday’s RINNAI 250 (2 p.m. ET, FS1, PRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) – a race won the past six years by a Cup regular.

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Rookie Ryan Preece Makes a Splash in Monster Energy Series Debut

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – As far as Daytona 500 debuts go Ryan Preece was plenty encouraged if not wholly satisfied with his eighth-place finish Sunday night. He was running top-five, had even pushed into the top-three with a lap to go, but got shuffled out by veterans as the checkered flag flew to close out the overtime season-opener.

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Ryan Preece Continues to buck the odds in move to Cup racing

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Ryan Preece has added his name to a very short list.

The number of modified champions who have ventured into NASCAR’s premier series and enjoyed even a modicum of success can be expressed in single digits.

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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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