Hemric’s championship run plagued by battery issues

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By Caleb Whisler, Staff Writer

HOMESTEAD, Fla.— The hopes of winning a championship during a rookie season for Daniel Hemric was shot after a dominate first stage due to battery issues.

Hemric started the day in the fourth position, ahead of each of his competitors for the championship. As the race went green, Hemric was able to work his way to the third position. Throughout the stage, Hemric was having a decent car throughout the first stage of the race. Elliott Sadler, championship contender, was able to close in on Hemric, but was unable to pass him. Hemric finished the stage in the seventh position.

During the pit stops during the stage break, Hemric told the team that the track would free up as the race progressed. Hemric’s team took four tires and fuel and was able to come out in the fifth position.

Shortly after the second stage went back green, the battery began to go on Hemric’s No. 21 Chevrolet. Eventually, the battery went and sent Hemric down pit road. For 12 laps, Hemric say on pit road as his team tried to fix the issue, but the time lost on pit road placed him out of contention.

“When we left pit road, I started losing volts for whatever reason, and not exactly sure why yet ad all that stuff, but we will get to the bottom of it. Not ideal by no means, but sometimes it’s just not meant to be, and if it was meant to be it would, but it just wasn’t our day,” said Hemric.

Despite the battery issues, Hemric does not want what the efforts placed by the No. 21 tea to go unnoticed. He was proof of how his team did not give up.

“I don’t want to let that take away from everything of out efforts that we did all year to put ourselves in position and to get ourselves here. Proud of the effort, and that’s why we decided to keep running all the laps because we didn’t give up and that’s what got us here, so whether we were 12 laps down or not. we wanted to complete the race, and that’s what we did,” Hemric stated.

Despite the issues, Hemric and his team did everything they needed to do throughout the weekend to have that opportunity to race for the championship battle. Hemric ultimately finished in the 34th position, just 13 laps down.

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