Race 7: Texas Motor Speedway
No. 8 Bulwark FR/Wayne Workwear Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
This weekend, Hemric will be making his first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series start at Texas Motor Speedway. The 2019 Sunoco Rookie of the Year contender has four NASCAR Xfinity Series starts at the 1.5-mile track, earning one top-five and two top-10 finishes, with 81 laps led. Hemric also recorded an average start of 4.2 and an average finish of 9.0 in four NASCAR Truck Series starts at Texas.
How difficult is it to find the balance at Texas Motor Speedway since the reconfiguration has made two completely different corners?
"It is extremely difficult to find the balance at Texas. With the new aero package that we have, I believe it may be a bit easier to do that, but there are still a lot of challenges. Turns 1 and 2 are very flat, the backstretch is very fast, and you're carrying so much speed in Turns 3 and 4 that the balance kind of is what it is. You really have to be able to get back to the throttle and carry a lot of speed through Turns 1 and 2 to have good lap times. If you can't, it makes for a long day. I've been there with the RCR Xfinity Series cars when we keyed in on what we needed and had success. Sometimes we didn't always get the finish, but boy did we have the speed and driveability we needed. I am really looking forward to this weekend's race in Texas with Bulwark FR and Wayne Workwear on the No. 8 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1. I'm looking forward to the challenge, because it is risk versus reward - and it can be very rewarding when you get it right."
Is there anything you can take from Las Vegas to apply to Texas, especially since the new aero package was used there earlier this year?
"I don't believe you can carry a whole lot over from Las Vegas to prepare for the race at Texas. There are some small things in the speed versus handling aspect of things. Texas is its own animal, but it is still mile-and-a-half racing. Air is still going to be something that everybody is going to try to find. The key will be to make our Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 versatile and have the maneuverability built into it so you can get away from everybody and find your own clean racetrack."
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Meet the Press
Hemric is scheduled to meet with the NASCAR media on Friday, March 29, starting at 3:55 p.m. Local Time in the Texas Motor Speedway media center.