Hemric ‘Riding Momentum’ After Richmond Into Playoffs

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By Caleb Whisler, Staff Writer

Following a strong fourth-place run in the Virginia529 College Savings 250 from Richmond Raceway, Daniel Hemric is riding the wave of momentum as the playoffs approach in the NASCAR XFINITY Series (NXS).

Hemric was the highest NXS regular in the field on Saturday night. Hemric ran up front for majority of the race and even led 13 laps in the second stage.

“It’s a good run. We needed this. We had a rough last couple weeks as far as execution goes. Solid job by everyone on this Blue Gate Bank Chevy,” said Hemric. “The did a helluva job on pit road. This is the time you want to run good. I feel like we held our own, led some laps, we struggled taking off on the short runs, but the half mark and on, this car came along.

As the playoffs arrive after Chicagoland, the No. 21 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet team is trying new things to help with their run within the playoffs. Hemric felt iffy after qualifying about the new things, but was proud of his crew chief.

“We came here trying some new stuff, didn’t know how it was going to race. I felt kinda iffy about it after qualifying. That’s why Danny Stockman is on top of the box making the calls and make things right in the race,” said Hemric.

The Virgina529 College Savings 250 was meaningful to Hemric. Running in NASCAR is a game of comers and goers. Hitting the mark at this juncture of the year is huge for a team looking to compete for  a championship.

“Being this close to the playoffs kicking off and knowing we have a team capable of unloading not all that great, but making our car better throughout the weekend, that’s the strength of the team. I look forward to working these guys as we go here.”

NASCAR is a sport about momentum. Hemric feels these strong runs are momentum for a strong run to Homestead-Miami Speedway for the championship.

“It’s just momentum. You want to run good. You want to finish good. You want to make your race car better from the start of practice.” says Hemric.

Hemric sits as the sixth seed in the playoff standings having collected two stage points since the season opened at Daytona.

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