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Daniel Hemric / No. 18 Poppy Bank Toyota Supra Preview

NASCAR Xfinity Series at Watkins Glen International

No. 18 Poppy Bank Toyota Supra News and Notes
  • HEMRIC AT WATKINS GLEN: Daniel Hemric finished 11th and 16th in his two NASCAR Xfinity Series starts at Watkins Glen International. In 2017, he placed sixth and 10th in the opening two stages at Watkins Glen and backed that up by finishing third and fifth in the first two stages in 2018. Hemric also made one start at the track in the NASCAR Cup Series (2019) and NASCAR Pro Series East (2015).

  • ROAD COURSES STATS: Saturday’s race at Watkins Glen International will be Hemric’s 15th career Xfinity Series start on a road course. Through 14 races on road courses, Hemric has tallied six top-five finishes and seven top-10s, including a runner-up finish at Road America last month and a third-place run at Daytona earlier this season.

  • NEW HAMPSHIRE RECAP: In the series’ most recent race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Hemric started 13th and finished in the top five in both stages before ultimately ending the day with a third-place finish. The result was the No. 18 team’s eighth top-five so far this season.

  • LOOP DATA: Hemric’s strong season is evident in the Loop Data provided by NASCAR. The 30-year-old driver leads the Xfinity Series in fastest drivers late in a run and laps run on the lead lap. He also ranks in the top five in numerous categories, including top-five finishes, top-10s, laps led, average finishing position, average running position, driver rating, fastest laps run, green flag speed, laps in the top 15, and speed by segment.

  • ROGERS’ RESUME: Crew chief Dave Rogers has been atop the pit box for 11 races at Watkins Glen between the Cup Series and Xfinity Series. He led Kyle Busch to a Cup Series victory at the track in 2013. Overall, Rogers’ Cup Series teams earned two top-five finishes, four top-10s, two pole awards and 146 laps led in seven starts at the road course. In four Xfinity Series starts at The Glen, Rogers’ best finish was seventh with Joey Logano in 2008.

  • POPPY BANK: Poppy Bank will be featured as the primary sponsor of the No. 18 Supra in Saturday’s race at Watkins Glen International. Poppy Bank is a 5-star rated organization and is recognized as one of the strongest financial institutions in the country. Since opening its first branch in 2005, Poppy Bank has grown to over $3 Billion in assets with branches across the San Francisco Bay Area, Roseville, and Southern California.

  • JGR AT WATKINS GLEN: The Joe Gibbs Racing Xfinity Series team has one win, 15 top-five finishes, 22 top-10s, and 172 laps led in 42 combined starts at Watkins Glen International. Kyle Busch claimed the team’s lone victory at the track back in 2017.

  • TUNE IN: Coverage of this weekend’s Xfinity Series race at Watkins Glen International is scheduled for Saturday, August 7, at 4 p.m. ET on CNBC, MRN Radio and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.

Daniel Hemric, Driver of the No. 18 Poppy Bank Toyota Supra Talk about having two weeks off and getting back to racing this weekend at Watkins Glen… “It was great to have those weekends off and to be able to spend that time with family because our schedule is such a grind. I definitely enjoyed being able to get away and unwind knowing that we have an important stretch of races through the end of the season coming up. That starts this weekend at Watkins Glen. Our road course program has been great this season. We’ve had a couple really good finishes and a couple not-so-good finishes, but the performance of the car has been strong at all of the road course races. I don’t expect this weekend to be any different. Obviously, we’re going to have to race the same guys as always when we go to these places if we want to have a shot to win, but I feel good about where our team is at right now and I’m looking forward to not only what we can do this weekend, but what we’re capable of from now through Phoenix.”

About Poppy Bank

Since opening their first branch in January 2005, Poppy Bank has grown to over $3 billion in assets and is recognized as one of the strongest financial institutions in the country. Poppy has branches throughout California and provides loan services throughout the nation including commercial and multi-family, small business and PACE (green lending) products. Their commitment to providing the best products and services has propelled their success and garnered national recognition of their performance. Poppy Bank is 5-star rated by BauerFinancial, the nation's leading independent bank and credit union rating firm. The Bank is governed by a strong team of Executive Officers and a dedicated Board of Directors formed entirely by accomplished business leaders. Poppy Bank exists to meet the banking needs of their clients and to make a positive difference in the communities they serve.

-JGR-

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