Hemric finishes 2nd in K&N West race
No. 50 Poppy Bank Chevrolet Camaro SS
Started: 6th Finished: 2nd
Daniel Hemric made his K&N West Series debut at Sonoma Raceway in the Procore 200 on Saturday, June 22, driving the No. 50 Poppy Bank Chevrolet for B&B Racing. Hemric qualified sixth and raced most of the 50-lap feature inside the top five. At the lap 25 break, Hemric was in the second position, where he would spend most of the final 25 laps as cautions slowed the final segment six times, including three attempts at a green-white-checker overtime.
The first overtime restart, Hemric's rear tires wear lifted off the ground entering turn four, and he lost two positions gathering control of his No. 50 Chevrolet. However, the caution was displayed before the leaders got back to the start-finish line, meaning, under K&N Series rules, the running order reverts back to the last lap scored. So, Hemric got to restart in the second position.
The second overtime restart went much better for Hemric. He out dueled leader Ryan Preece to take the lead and was beginning to drive away through the esses, when the caution flag was again display, reverting the running order back to the previously scored lap. Hemric had to give up the lead, and was again restarting second.
The third and final overtime restart was wrought with controversy. Preece, the leader, was penalized with a restart violation by the time the field came around to take the white flag, meaning the race for the win was between Hemric and Noah Gragson, who led the most laps on the day.
Gragson pushed his way past Hemric in the carousel, only to have Hemric return the favor in turn seven. As Hemric tried to escape retribution, his car slipped off course allowing Gragson to slip past. Half a lap later, the final caution was displayed ending the race, with Hemric bringing home the second-place finish.