Daniel Hemric / No. 18 CRAFTSMAN Toyota Supra Preview
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No. 18 CRAFTSMAN Toyota Supra News and Notes
HEMRIC AT TEXAS: Daniel Hemric led 13 laps and finished fourth when the NASCAR Xfinity Series visited Texas Motor Speedway earlier this season. Overall, he has earned two top-five finishes and three top-10s in five career starts at the 1.5-mile quad-oval. Hemric also made two NASCAR Cup Series starts at the track in 2019. During his time in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, Hemric claimed one top-five finish and three top-10s in four starts at Texas.
ROUND OF 12 RECAP: Hemric was the only Xfinity Series driver to earn top-five finishes in each of the three races during the Round of 12. The No. 18 driver started the playoffs with a fifth-place finish at Las Vegas and turned in a fourth-place effort the next week at Talladega. Last Saturday at the Charlotte road course, Hemric won the opening two stages before ultimately finishing third in the race.
SEASON BEST: The No. 18 team’s current streak of five consecutive top-10 finishes is their best stretch of the season. After finishing sixth at Richmond last month, Hemric has backed that up with a 10th at Bristol, fifth at Las Vegas, fourth at Talladega and a third last weekend in Charlotte.
PLAYOFF EXPERIENCE: Hemric advanced to the Round of 8 for the third time in his Xfinity Series career. He qualified for the Championship 4 in both of his previous playoff appearances.
ROGERS’ RESUME: Crew chief Dave Rogers has 27 combined starts at Texas Motor Speedway between the NASCAR Cup Series and Xfinity Series. His Cup Series resume includes wins with Kyle Busch in 2013 and Carl Edwards in 2016. Altogether, his teams earned six top-five finishes, seven top-10s and 655 laps led in 17 Cup Series starts. In 10 Xfinity Series starts at Texas, Rogers’ teams have three top-five finishes, six top-10s and 116 laps led.
CRAFTSMAN: Hemric’s No. 18 Toyota Supra will feature the CRAFTSMAN colors for Saturday’s race at Texas Motor Speedway. CRAFTSMAN is an American icon that homeowners, home builders, auto enthusiasts and master mechanics have trusted since 1927 – and today’s CRAFTSMAN continues that legacy. With a focus on reliable, high-performance tools, storage and equipment, CRAFTSMAN has revived its long-established pride in superior quality.
JGR AT TEXAS: Joe Gibbs Racing owns 15 Xfinity Series wins at Texas Motor Speedway, including the past two races with Harrison Burton and Kyle Busch. In 103 combined starts at the track, the organization has tallied 41 top-five finishes, 66 top-10s and 2,619 laps led. Christopher Bell and Erik Jones join Burton and Busch on the list of drivers who have taken JGR to victory lane at Texas.
TUNE IN: Coverage of this weekend’s Xfinity Series race at Texas Motor Speedway is scheduled for Saturday, October 16, at 3 p.m. ET on NBC, PRN Radio and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.
Daniel Hemric, Driver of the No. 18 CRAFTSMAN Toyota Supra Talk about starting the Round of 8 off this weekend at Texas… “Everybody on our team is fired up about this weekend and the opportunity at hand. I have a lot of confidence in what we’ve been able to do on the intermediates this season, so I feel really good about our chances at Texas. We’re excited to have CRAFTSMAN on board. They are such an iconic brand and a great partner for JGR, so we want to do a good job for them and keep our momentum going like we were able to do in the first round.”
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