Since he was able to walk, Daniel Hemric liked to go fast. No matter what he has gotten into he has gotten it to go fast.
After all, in the sport of auto racing, you’re not given the nickname “Hotshoe” without being able to live up to the reputation of that title.
It started with Go-Karts at the age of five where he ran the
fifth-mile track at Concord Speedway (NC). Ironically that
facility would be the stepping ground for nearly each move
in his racing career. Hemric won 11 races and a track
championship at Concord and looked to move up. A few
years on dirt tracks with the go-kart, using a stretched-truth
birth certificate to allow him to meet the minimum age
requirements at most tracks, led to some short runs in the
Bandoleros back on asphalt.
But it quickly looked as if Hemric was already out of racing
without the funding necessary to continue up the ranks.
Then, at 16, Hemric joined forced with noted Legends Car
team owner Tim Ladyga and quickly established himself as
a contender in the Semi-Pro ranks in the Legends Car world.
A long season of racing against high car counts with many
trips to victory lane made Hemric a near-household name
around the Legends ranks.
A few years of success with Ladyga, then a brief stint with
Chris Rogers Motorsports led to a ride for Dan Snyder
Racing in 2008. The two quickly got off to a good start
and were ready to take on the world after winning the
Pro Championship at Concord.
2009 was a year that may stay in the record books in a long time. Hemric was in prime form with a dominant team and it was a weekly affair to end up in victory lane. The combination of Dan Snyder and Hoyt Demis as partners in Hemric’s racing efforts led to nearly 60 wins in just under 80 starts. He maxed out his National Points early and won the championship at the Summer Shootout with six wins in 10 starts. He also won the National Title later in the season.
Away from the Legends Car world, Hemric climbed into a Late Model for the first time at the end of the 2009 season. In a Pro Late Model effort for Bob Dillner’s BDI Racing team, Hemric broke the track record in qualifying and finished second in his first-ever Late Model appearance.
A pivotal career moment came in 2010 when he scored the win of a lifetime. Hemric won the Legends Million event at the Charlotte Motor Speedway (NC), a race broadcast live on SPEED. Hemric won the Pro Race which paid a whopping $250,000. Hemric had been the best in the Legends world before the Legends Million, but proved it with the biggest paycheck in Legends history at Charlotte.
Hemric also got his feet wet in the Modified world with a few starts and a fifth-place finish on the quarter-mile at Charlotte.
Hemric’s successes in the Legends Car world, plus his impressive first Late Model event at Concord, caught the eye of short track racing veteran Jeff Fultz and his car owner Curtis Venable. Hemric got the opportunity to wheel a car out of the Fultz Racing/WearCrete Racing stables on several occasions in tough series such as PASS South and the Blizzard Series at Five Flags Speedway (FL).
Hemric scored a second-place finish right out of the gates in April at Orange County (NC), which was followed up by a fourth at Hickory Motor Speedway (NC) in May. A fifth in the Pro Late Model show at Gresham and a sixth in the prestigious Snowflake 100 at Five Flags Speedway on the eve of the Snowball Derby left him stoked for 2011.
This season started off with a bang. Hemric led laps and was in contention to win SpeedFest 2011 at Lanier (GA), then got his first-ever Late Model win in the Super Late Model division during the World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing at New Smyrna Speedway (FL).
Chances are, Hemric will be climbing up the racing ranks quickly just like he has done throughout his career. If he keeps up the success, it's just a matter of time.