Race 15: Michigan No. 8 Chevrolet Accessories Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
Michigan International Speedway
Daniel Hemric will be making his first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series start at Michigan International Speedway in this weekend's 400-mile event. The Kannapolis, North Carolina, native has made two NASCAR Xfinity Series starts at the 2-mile speedway, including a runner-up finish in 2018. He also made two NASCAR Truck Series starts there, earning an average start of 7.5 and an average finish of 5.0.
You have had strong runs in the NASCAR Xfinity Series at Michigan, finishing second to your teammate Austin Dillon there in 2018. Are you excited to get back there in a Cup Series car for the first time? Will it help that the rules package this year may be similar to what you raced there last year in the Xfinity Series?
"I think the aero package this year for the Cup Series will have some similarities to what was run at Michigan in the Xfinity Series last year. This package has its own things that make it what it is, but we learned some things pretty quickly through practice last year with the Xfinity Series car that were really key to allowing us to have the speed and driveability we had in the race - especially considering how close the pack was during the race. I hate we missed out on our first win there last year, but it was great to have one of our RCR cars in Victory Lane at the end of the day. I look forward to going there for the first time in a Cup car. I know it won't be 220 mph getting into Turn 1 like it used to be, but I think the racing is going to be just as close and intense as it has ever been. It should be a good show for the fans."
There is some thought that we could see Daytona and Talladega-style racing at Michigan with this package. Do you expect something along those lines on Sunday?
"I can see the racing at Michigan being similar to Daytona and Talladega with this package, but when we go to Daytona and Talladega those tracks are so wide and banked that it holds the car and your balance isn't as crucial as other tracks. This weekend at Michigan, your balance is going to be crucial to stay committed. I feel like everybody will be able to drive fairly well by themselves, but once you get in groups you may have some separation because guys will have to work the throttle and that backs the whole group up behind them and a couple cars are able to drive away. It will still be key to make our No. 8 Chevrolet Accessories Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 drive well to make sure you can hang on to the lead pack and have a shot at the win at the end of the day."
Meet the Driver Fans have the opportunity to meet Hemric on Sunday, June 9 at the RCR merchandise trailer in the Michigan International Speedway Fan Zone. Hemric will be signing autographs starting at 10 a.m. ET. Sunoco Rookie of the Year Standings After a strong run at Pocono Raceway, Hemric is now leading the Sunoco Rookie of the Year standings. The driver of the No. 8 Chevrolet Accessories Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 enjoys a four-point lead over Ryan Preece and has an 82-point gap over Matt Tifft.
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