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Hemric "Fired Up" for Start of 2021 Season

Daniel Hemric / No. 18 Poppy Bank Toyota Supra Preview

Beef. It’s What’s For Dinner. 300 at Daytona International Speedway

No. 18 Poppy Bank Toyota Supra News and Notes

  • HEMRIC AT DAYTONA: Daniel Hemric owns one top-10 finish in five career NASCAR Xfinity Series starts at Daytona International Speedway. Last summer, he started seventh and finished 24th at the World Center of Racing after being collected in a multi-car accident. Hemric is a former pole winner at Daytona and has started inside the top five in four of his five Xfinity Series starts at the track. Hemric also posted a top-10 finish in NASCAR Camping World Truck Series competition at Daytona back in 2016.

  • CHANGE OF SCENERY: The 2021 season provides a new opportunity for the Kannapolis, North Carolina native as Hemric joins Joe Gibbs Racing. The move puts Hemric back in fulltime Xfinity Series competition after running a 21-race schedule in 2020. Thus far in his NASCAR career, Hemric has qualified for the Xfinity Series Playoffs twice and advanced to the Championship 4 in 2017 and 2018. His Xfinity Series resume includes 30 top-five finishes, 51 top-10s and five poles in 87 career starts. He also won the NASCAR Cup Series Sunoco Rookie of the Year award in 2019 while driving for Richard Childress Racing.

  • ATOP THE PIT BOX: Veteran crew chief Dave Rogers will oversee the No. 18 team’s efforts this season. In his career, the Marshfield, Vermont native has led his drivers to 18 NASCAR Cup Series victories and 20 Xfinity Series wins. The list of drivers Rogers has visited victory lane with includes Aric Almirola, Kyle Busch, Carl Edwards, Denny Hamlin, Joey Logano and Tony Stewart.

  • POPPY BANK: Poppy Bank will be featured as the primary sponsor of the No. 18 Supra in Saturday’s race at Daytona International Speedway. Poppy Bank is a 5-star rated organization and is recognized as one of the strongest financial institutions in the country. Since opening its first branch in 2005, Poppy Bank has grown to over $3 Billion in assets with branches across the San Francisco Bay Area, Roseville, and Southern California.

  • JGR AT DAYTONA: The Joe Gibbs Racing Xfinity Series team has earned four victories at Daytona International Speedway. In 100 combined Xfinity Series starts at the track, the organization has tallied 26 top-five finishes, 41 top-10s and 641 laps led. Denny Hamlin, Matt Kenseth, Joey Logano and Tony Stewart have each driven JGR entries to victory lane at Daytona.

  • TUNE IN: Coverage of this weekend’s Xfinity Series race at Daytona International Speedway is scheduled for Saturday, February 13, at 5 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 1, MRN Radio and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.

Daniel Hemric, Driver of the No. 18 Poppy Bank Toyota Supra

Talk about coming into this season with Joe Gibbs Racing…

“I’m fired up to get going this weekend. Ever since we made the announcement, I’ve been ready to go and just excited about the opportunity with JGR and Toyota. I feel like we’ve done a lot this offseason to be as prepared as possible – from meetings to getting time in the simulator – to try to get that communication going between Dave (Rogers, crew chief) and myself. We have all the pieces in place to have a great season and hopefully we’ll get off to a good start in Daytona.”

About Poppy Bank

Since opening their first branch in January 2005, Poppy Bank has grown to over $3 billion in assets and is recognized as one of the strongest financial institutions in the country. Poppy has branches throughout California and provides loan services throughout the nation including commercial and multi-family, small business and PACE (green lending) products. Their commitment to providing the best products and services has propelled their success and garnered national recognition of their performance. Poppy Bank is 5-star rated by BauerFinancial, the nation's leading independent bank and credit union rating firm. The Bank is governed by a strong team of Executive Officers and a dedicated Board of Directors formed entirely by accomplished business leaders. Poppy Bank exists to meet the banking needs of their clients and to make a positive difference in the communities they serve.


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