Race 19: Kentucky
No. 8 Caterpillar Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
Daniel Hemric will be making his first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series start at Kentucky Speedway during this weekend's 400-mile event. The Kannapolis, North Carolina, native has three previous starts at the 1.5-mile speedway in the NASCAR Xfinity Series, recording an average start of 7.3 and an average finish of 6.0, with a best finish of second coming in 2018.
Kentucky Speedway is a unique mile-and-a-half track, but it seems to be the style of track that puts on the best racing with the current rules package. What do you expect going there this weekend for your first Cup Series start there?
"There's a possibility to have some pretty good options and some really good runs at Kentucky Speedway. I was able to do the race advance preview last month and I was told for sure they were dragging tires all the way across the racetrack, which should widen the groove and make for exciting racing. Kentucky Speedway has a lot of characteristics that could lend itself to a great race. That's what we need as drivers, we need to have options, and as Kentucky has been aging and it is getting more and more characteristics, more of those options are developing for us. That's a great place, regardless of the package you're using. From the ton of throttle that you carry through Turns 1 and 2, all the way through the flat entry into Turn 3, it is a huge challenge."
Kentucky Speedway is always a big weekend for Caterpillar as well. What does it mean to have so much support from them heading into the weekend?
"It is a huge, huge race for Caterpillar - probably one of their biggest of the year for our group. We know going to Kentucky that we need to run well with all of the Caterpillar guests in attendance. They have a ton of vendors and customers in the Kentucky and Ohio area, and because of that we want to give them a good show. It's going to be a fun weekend. My schedule is jam-packed with hospitality visits and suite visits to spend as much time with these partners as possible. Word on the street is that I will get to drive one of Caterpillar's UTVs throughout the weekend, so I am really looking forward to that as well."
Meet the Driver
Hemric is scheduled to be on NASCAR Trackside Live! in the Kentucky Speedway fan midway area on Friday, July 12, starting at 3:30 p.m. local time. He is slated to sign autographs at the RCR merchandise hauler in the fan zone on Saturday, July 13, starting at 3:20 p.m. local time. Hemric is also scheduled to take part in a fan question and answer session in the Kentucky Speedway infield fan zone tent on Saturday, July 13, starting at 4:35 p.m. local time.
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