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Hemric Captures Back to Back Top 5's to Start Playoffs


Hemric’s Strong Start to Playoffs Continues with Fourth-Place Finish at Talladega

Date: October 2, 2021

Event: Sparks 300 (Race 28 of 33)

Series: NASCAR Xfinity Series

Location: Talladega Superspeedway (2.66-mile superspeedway)

Format: 113 laps (Stages: 25 laps / 25 laps / 63 laps)

Start / Finish: 6th / 4th (Running, 107 of 107 laps)

Point Standing: 3rd (2095 points, -36 points out of first)

Race Winner: Brandon Brown

Stage 1 Winner: John Hunter Nemechek

Stage 2 Winner: Blaine Perkins

Stage 1 Recap (Laps 1-25)

  • Daniel Hemric started Saturday’s NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Talladega Superspeedway from the sixth position and finished 10th in stage one.

  • The Poppy Bank Toyota Supra spent the first segment running amongst the lead group. At one point, Joe Gibbs Racing drivers ran 1-2-3-4.

  • Late in the stage, Hemric was shuffled back and ultimately ended up 10th when the segment concluded on lap 25.

  • Between stages, crew chief Dave Rogers called Hemric to pit road for left-side tires and fuel. The strategy play gained the No. 18 team four positions.

Stage 2 Recap (Laps 26-50)

  • Hemric started sixth and finished 13th in stage two.

  • The Poppy Bank Supra ran third for most of the stage as the field ran single-file around the high lane.

  • The outside lane lost momentum in the closing laps of the segment and Hemric fell back to 13th when the green-checkered flag waved on lap 50.

  • Rogers brought Hemric to pit road for four fresh tires and fuel on lap 52.

Stage 3 Recap (Laps 51-107)

  • Hemric started the final stage in the 19th position and finished fourth in Saturday’s race at Talladega Superspeedway.

  • The No. 18 Supra moved back up the leaderboard early in the final segment.

  • On lap 70, Hemric and his JGR teammates pitted for fuel only and he was back inside the top 10 when the caution waved again on lap 75.

  • He restarted seventh on lap 80 and ran inside the top 10 as the laps counted down.

  • Hemric narrowly avoided a multi-car accident on lap 89 and was scored eighth.

  • Following a brief red-flag period, the Poppy Bank Supra restarted fifth on lap 94.

  • Hemric remained in the top five until a multi-car accident behind him on lap 102 sent the race to yet another caution.

  • With storm clouds rolling in and darkness looming, NASCAR was forced to end the race six laps early because of a lack of visibility. Hemric was credited with a fourth-place finish.

Additional Notes

  • Hemric is one of only two drivers (Justin Allgaier) to earn top-five finishes in the first two races of the NASCAR Xfinity Series Playoffs.

  • The No. 18 team’s fourth-place finish marks their fourth consecutive top-10 finish – matching their best stretch set earlier this season.

  • Brandon Jones led Joe Gibbs Racing with a runner-up finish in Saturday’s race. Hemric ended up fourth with John Hunter Nemechek 22nd and Harrison Burton 25th.

Next Up: The NASCAR Xfinity Series Playoffs Round of 12 wraps up next weekend at the Charlotte Motor Speedway ROVAL. The race will be broadcast live Saturday, October 9, at 3 p.m. ET on NBC, PRN Radio and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio. -JGR-

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