A Story of Perserverance
In 2020, Daniel Hemric heads to JR Motorsports to drive the No. 8 Chevrolet for 21 races in the NASCAR XFINITY Series. Hemric won the NASCAR Cup Series Rookie of the Year honors in 2019 driving for Richard Childress Racing highlighted by a pole award at Kansas Speedway, a top-five finish at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway and another top-10 at Pocono (Pa.) Raceway. Heading in to 2020, expectations will be high for Hemric, a two-time qualifier for the Championship 4 in the NASCAR Xfinity Series, and crew chief Taylor Moyer, who enters his second season atop the No. 8 pit box.
Hemric began his racing career at the young age of 5 behind the wheel of a go-kart and collected a combined 11 wins and a track championship at Concord Speedway before the age of 10. After his successful stint in go-kart racing, Hemric advanced to Bandoleros and Legend Cars, earning additional victories and back-to-back Legend Car Pro championships.
In 2009, Hemric made 80 Legend Car starts and scored 60 wins en route to the National Legend Car Pro championship as well as the Summer Shootout Series championship at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Following the Summer Shootout championship, Hemric jumped over to Late Model racing, breaking the track record and scoring a runner-up finish in his first-start at Concord Speedway.
Then, in 2010, Hemric earned the largest paycheck in Legend Car history after he brought home the victory in the inaugural Legends Million race at Charlotte Motor Speedway in an event that saw over 300 entries in the one-of-a-kind grassroots event. From there, Hemric continued his quest for titles as the Kannapolis, N.C. native earned three championships over the following three seasons as he was crowned the Summer Shootout Series Champion (2012), the Champion Racing Association JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour Champion (2012) and the Southern Super Series Champion (2013).
In addition to the Southern Super Series championship in 2013, Hemric made his NASCAR debut in the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series at Martinsville Speedway. Hemric made three starts in the NGOTS in 2013 and 2014, earning a best finish of 12th at Homestead-Miami Speedway before joining NTS Motorsports in 2015 for his first full-time season. Hemric’s first season saw the young driver record four top fives, 13 top 10s and a seventh-place finish in the championship standings.
Following a successful 2015 campaign, Hemric moved over to Brad Keselowski Racing for 2016, qualifying for the inaugural NGOTS Playoffs on the heels of 11 top fives and 17 top 10s, ultimately ending the season sixth in the championship standings.
Hemric continued his ascent up the NASCAR ranks in 2017, moving into the NXS. During his two full-time seasons in the NXS, Hemric accrued a combined 23 top fives, 39 top 10s, five poles and an average finish 0f 11.1 in 66 starts. Hemric also qualified for the Championship 4 in each of his two seasons in the series, finishing fourth in 2017 and third in 2018.
2018 also saw Hemric make his Cup Series debut at Richmond Raceway. Hemric would go on to make an additional Cup start at the Charlotte Roval in 2018 before graduating to full-time competition in 2019. The 2019 campaign for Hemric saw the rookie-driver earn a top-five result at Talladega as well as a pole position at Kansas, propelling the 28-year old to the 2019 Rookie of the Year award.
Hemric heads in to 2020 with a championship caliber team behind him as the NXS veteran begins his pursuit of an Owner’s Championship behind the wheel of the No. 8 Chevrolet for 21 races in a shared roll with Jeb Burton and JRM team owner Dale Earnhardt Jr.