“It was a pretty eventful weekend at Homestead. From the time we unloaded, we ended up making the most speed on the bottom lane. I had joked around about possibly having to play catfish all weekend, and that is exactly what I did. Catfish live at the bottom, and that's what I did all day and ultimately managed our risk to end up sixth. I'm proud of the effort and the finish we got considering our average running position of the day. We maximized what we could and that is all we can ask for.” - Daniel
Daniel Hemric qualified 15th for the Contender Boats 300 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
Hemric lost four spots on the initial start, but gained momentum during the following laps to get back to 14th on lap five. Although he was lacking right-rear grip, Hemric worked his way to 10th with six to go in the stage and went on to finish the opening stage in 10th place.
Hemric came down pit road at the stage break for four tires, fuel and an air pressure adjustment. After gaining one position off pit road, he restarted as the fifth car on the outside lane on lap 53. Hemric was running strong in 12th when the caution came out on lap 69. Under the caution laps, he reported that the last pit stop adjustments seemed to be headed in the right direction. After the team elected to stay out, Hemric restarted as the fifth car on the inside with 18 to go in stage two. Hemric stayed consistent during the closing laps and went on to finish the second stage in 10th position.
The team came down pit road under the stage break for four tires, fuel and an air pressure adjustment. After gaining three positions off pit road, Hemric restarted as the fourth car on the inside on lap 97. When the caution came out on lap 98, the team stayed out. Hemric restarted eighth with 98 laps to go. While running ninth, he relayed to the team that he was loose on entry. Hemric pitted from sixth for a scheduled green flag pit stop with 61 laps to go for four tires and fuel. Once the rest of the field made their green flag stops, Hemric was up to sixth with 44 laps to go. The caution came out again with 37 laps to go, and the No.10 Chevy followed the leaders down pit road under the caution. The team put on his last set of sticker tires before restarting as the fourth car on the outside with 30 laps to go. Shortly after, the caution came out again with 28 laps to go. The restart came with 23 to to go where Hemric restarted as the sixth car on the outside. After having a solid restart, Hemric was back up to eighth with 20 laps to go. He was able to work his way up to sixth with 10 laps to go. Hemric stayed consistent and went on to finish the race in sixth place.