Hemric "builds character" at Martinsville
No. 8 Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
Daniel Hemric and the No. 8 Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet team had their work cut our for them at Martinsville Speedway. A track that typically proves unkind for rookies, was just that to Hemric and the Luke Lambert-led No. 8 team. Once lapped toward the very end of a segment one that saw only one caution flag, Hemric never could get the cautions to fall for him to have an opportunity to get back on the lead lap and make up ground. The team fought hard all day, but ultimately, as Hemric put it, "adversity and character building," were the words most suitable to describe his day at NASCAR's shortest track.
"This weekend certainly did not go as planned, but it was not for a lack of effort on the part of Luke Lambert and the guys that work on this No. 8 Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet. This was my first time here since 2016 in the Truck Series, so there was a bit of a learning curve but we showed some speed in final practice on Friday. We struggled in qualifying but were able to move forward once the race went green. It just seemed like we could not catch a break today. We missed the free pass by one position a couple of times and the cautions didn't fall where we needed them. We had to pit under green for a loose wheel late in the race, then again for a flat right front tire with less than 20 laps to go. Things didn't go as planned, but we kept the car out of trouble and learned a lot for when we come back to Martinsville Speedway later in the year."
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