Fontana Goes from Bad to Worse for Hemric
No. 8 Liberty National Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
Daniel Hemric and the No. 8 Liberty National Chevrolet started 17th and had a fast race car out of the gate, ending first 60-lap segment inside the top 10. But, segment two wasn't as kind. Hemric made slight contact with the wall near the start of segment two, prompting him to bring the car to pit road for service when he felt a tire going down. The team made repairs and sent Hemric back out, but the damage resulted in another blown tire, forcing the team to pit road to make extensive repairs. As a result of pitting twice while the field was under green, the No. 8 Chevy ended up several laps down. A flat left front in the final moments of the race forced Hemric to pit once more. He finished the race in the 33rd position.
"I hate it for everyone on this No. 8 Liberty National Life Insurance Chevrolet team. We had a strong run going and had worked from the 17th spot to racing inside the top 10 by the end of Stage 1. I was racing in heavy traffic once we went back green, and the air just sucked me up the track and I made contact with the outside wall exiting Turn 4. That damage cut the right rear tire and we had to pit under green to repair the damage. Unfortunately, we had another flat right rear, which caused even more damage. Nobody on this team gave up and I am proud of them for doing all they could to repair the damage. The car still had speed, but without the help of many cautions, we never really had the chance to get those laps back and then we had a flat left front in the closing laps, which hurt us even more."
Sunday, Mar. 24
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