Hemric returns, Tifft joins RCR XFINITY program for 2018

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By Caleb Whisler, Staff Writer

Richard Childress Racing (RCR) has announced that Daniel Hemric has resigned with the organization while Matt Tifft will join the organization in a multi-year deal beginning in 2018. Both drivers will compete in the NASCAR XFINITY Series (NXS).

Tifft will pilot the No. 2 Chevrolet Camaro, while Hemric will continue to pilot the No. 21 Chevrolet Camaro.

“Matt is a talented race car driver and an even better young man,” said Richard Childress, Chairman and CEO of RCR. “I’ve watched him race for the past few years and we were impressed by his ability. We look forward to welcoming Matt to our XFINITY Series program and having him compete for a championship with RCR.”

TIfft currently drives for Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) in NXS, competing for the championship. Tifft believes this move to RCR will help further his career into the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.

“I am very appreciative and grateful for the opportunity to race for a championship and grow as a driver under one the most successful and historic teams in NASCAR,” said Tifft. “RCR has a long history of developing partnerships through its XFINITY Series program. I am looking forward to being a part of the family and applying what I have learned in my first full-time XFINITY Series season while continuing to grow with the goal of competing in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series in the future.”

Since 2013, TIfft has made 70 starts across the top three national touring series with 39 starts coming in NXS. He has scored three top-fives, 15 top-10s, and one pole during his tenure.

Hemric will continue with RCR into 2018. Hemric’s name began to be known in NASCAR during his tenure at Brad Keselowski Racing in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. After two full-time seasons in the Truck series, Hemric joined RCR in the XFINITY series. Hemric’s work ethic drove Childress to resign for 2018.

“Daniel is a special driver that we’re thrilled to have back for the 2018 season,” said Childress, “He works hard at being the best race car driver he can possibly be. There aren’t too many other drivers that have a work ethic like he does, which we value here at RCR. Daniel is constantly in the race shop meeting with his crew chief, our engineers, the simulation team and his teammates to understand how to get better. On top of that, Daniel is an excellent ambassador for RCR’s partners. He carries himself well, treats everyone with respect and understands the importance of sponsorship.”

In his inaugural season, so far, Hemric has earned five top-five finishes and 12 top-10 finishes. Hemric is excited to rejoin the organization for 2018.

“Richard made a vow to me that he believes in me, and I believe in the entire RCR organization,” said Hemric. “It is such a humbling feeling to know I have an owner that believes in me and what we can accomplish together. I look forward to representing RCR and all of the organization’s great partners.”

Sponsorship for Tifft will be announced at a later date.

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