Hemric Finishes 39th After Being Collected In Multi-Car Accident at Michigan
Date: August 21, 2021
Event: New Holland 250 (Round 22 of 33)
Series: NASCAR Xfinity Series
Location: Michigan International Speedway (2-mile D-shaped oval)
Format: 125 laps (Stages: 30 laps / 30 laps / 65 laps)
Start / Finish: 7th / 39th (Accident, 36 of 139 laps)
Point Standing: 4th (743 points, -164 points out of first)
Race Winner: AJ Allmendinger
Stage 1 Winner: Austin Cindric
Stage 2 Winner: AJ Allmendinger
Stage 1 Recap (Laps 1-30)
Daniel Hemric started Saturday’s NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Michigan International Speedway from the seventh position and finished sixth in stage one.
The Poppy Bank Toyota Supra was too loose in the opening laps as Hemric slipped just outside the top 10 before eventually recovering back up to ninth when the competition caution waved on lap 16.
Hemric chose to restart in the outside lane when the race restarted on lap 21. That decision put him in position to charge from 10th to sixth before another caution waved a lap later.
The No. 18 Supra restarted on the inside of row two with four laps remaining in the stage and Hemric fell back as the inside lane bogged down in turns one and two.
The Poppy Bank Supra finished eighth in the stage.
Following the segment, crew chief Dave Rogers called Hemric to pit road for four fresh tires and fuel.
Stage 2 Recap (Laps 31-60)
Hemric started 14th in stage two and finished 39th in Saturday’s race at Michigan International Speedway.
After several cars opted not to pit between stages, Hemric and the other leaders were mired further back in the pack.
Hemric quickly began making up ground through turns one and two until contact in front of him sent cars spinning. Unfortunately for the No. 18 team, Hemric was collected in the accident and suffered enough damage to end their day after only 36 laps.
Brandon Jones led Joe Gibbs Racing with a runner-up finish in Saturday’s race. Harrison Burton ended the day fifth with Ty Gibbs 13th and Hemric 39th.
Daniel Hemric, Driver of the No. 18 Poppy Bank Toyota Supra
What happened in the accident that ended your race today?
“I saw a couple guys slide and they started to come back across the racetrack. I thought I was going to clear it or be fortunate to take minimum impact and then I got hung back to the right side and hit the outside wall. Then it was just carnage after that. Definitely not the weekend we had hoped for with this Poppy Bank Supra, but still thankful to be a part of the NASCAR Xfinity Series, thankful for all they do for us. We have four more shots in the regular season to go win and we’re still sitting in a good spot with good cars. Everybody knows that once we get hot, they’re going to have to beat us week-in and week-out and I look forward to that.”
Next Up: The NASCAR Xfinity Series returns to the high banks at Daytona International Speedway next Friday night. The race will be broadcast live August 27 at 7:30 p.m. ET on NBC Sports Network, MRN Radio and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.