Race 17: Chicago
No. 8 Liberty National Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
Daniel Hemric will make his first NASCAR Cup Series start at Chicagoland Speedway during this weekend's 267-lap event. The Kannapolis, North Carolina, native has two previous NASCAR Xfinity Series starts at the 1.5-mile speedway, earning two top-five finishes. Hemric also has two NASCAR Truck Series starts at Chicagoland Speedway, finishing second in 2016.
Chicagoland Speedway is one of the most unique mile-and-a-half tracks we race at since the back straightaway is not actually straight. Do you notice that behind the wheel of the car while racing there?
"You notice the backstretch is not actually straight at Chicagoland Speedway, and it affects you from a positive standpoint because you have more racetrack to use on the exit of the corner than the perception gives you. It is also easy to get caught off guard when you are tucked behind someone drafting. They turn into the corner and then next thing you know you are dragging the right side of the car along the wall. It changes some of what you do, but Chicagoland Speedway is just so much fun when you are sitting in the driver seat. I have had that race circled on my calendar for a while and hopefully we can go there and put on a good show with our No. 8 Liberty National Life Insurance Chevrolet Camaro ZL1."
Is there anything you can take from Kansas Speedway and apply it to this weekend's race at Chicagoland Speedway?
"You can take small things you learned at Kansas and apply them at Chicagoland Speedway, but with this package there is going to be a bigger difference between the two tracks because of the grip level. Chicagoland is starting to get worn out and so slick and so rough that you just have to approach it differently. I feel like we had a few different packages as a company at Kansas that we can collectively pull together and be strong when we unload in Chicago." Meet the Press Hemric is scheduled to meet with members of the NASCAR media on Saturday, June 29, starting at 12:30 p.m. local time in the Chicagoland Speedway media center.
Meet the Driver Hemric is scheduled to take part in a BBQ Cooking Challenge with Paul Menard on Friday, June 28, starting at 5:30 p.m. local time in Champion's Park. The event is for Chicagoland Speedway season ticket holders. Hemric is also scheduled to sign autographs at the RCR merchandise hauler in the Chicagoland Speedway fan zone on Saturday, June 29, starting at 11:30 a.m. local time. About Liberty National Life Insurance Founded in 1900, Liberty National Life Insurance Company is licensed in 49 states and headquartered in McKinney, Texas. Liberty National provides life and supplemental health insurance to middle-income Americans through individual and worksite sales by captive, contracted insurance sales representatives. Liberty National has local, independently operated offices throughout the United States. Its Agents and Managers actively participate in numerous charitable outreach initiatives throughout the year. Liberty National has more than 3.7 million life and supplemental health insurance policies in force (as of 9/18). For more than 40 consecutive years, Liberty National has earned the A+ (Superior) Financial Strength Rating from A.M. Best Company (as of 7/18). Every year since 1995, Liberty National has been named to the Ward's 50 Life-Health List (as of 7/18). For more about Liberty National, please visit our website at LibertyNational.com.