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Hemric makes first Cup Series start at Ponoco

Race 14: Ponoco Raceway

Ponoco 400

No. 8 Kalahari Resorts & Conventions Chevrolet Camaro ZL1

Hemric will be making his first NASCAR Cup Series start at Pocono Raceway during this weekend's 400-mile event. The Kannapolis, North Carolina, native made two NASCAR Xfinity Series starts at the 'Tricky Triangle,' recording an average start of 6.5 and an average finish of 6.0 in those two starts. He also has one top-10 finish in two NASCAR Truck Series starts at Pocono.


What are your expectations headed to Pocono Raceway for your first Cup Series start at the 'Tricky Triangle'?

"Pocono Raceway is a place I love to race. It is such a unique and challenging track, but one that puts on a good show for the fans and a fun time for the competitors. I had a couple of solid runs there in the Xfinity Series and hope to continue that this weekend in my Cup debut. My crew chief Luke Lambert has already told me he feels confident in the setup we are bringing to the track, so hopefully we can go out there and make a big splash with this great-looking No. 8 Kalahari Resorts & Conventions Chevrolet Camaro ZL1. Pocono has produced a lot of first-time winners in the past, so our goal is to go there and do our jobs to put ourselves in a position to have a shot at the win at the end of the day."

What does it mean to have Kalahari Resorts and Conventions on your No. 8 Chevrolet for this weekend with this being their fourth season as a partner of RCR's?

"Over the past couple of years, my wife and I have been able to enjoy all of the perks that go along with having a partnership with Kalahari Resorts & Conventions. Throughout the Pocono race weekends, we would rush from the track once I was done with my on-track responsibilities to get to Kalahari, enjoy their amazing restaurants, do some shopping and then have fun in America's largest indoor waterpark. The vibe in the Cup Series garage is always so tense and focused, but it is always great to see the RCR crew guys thrash to finish their work at the track to get to the Kalahari, let loose and run around like a bunch of young kids. We are eager to get back there this weekend to not only go for the win on the track with Kalahari on our No. 8 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1, but also have a good time and enjoy some team building at the park."

Meet the Driver

Fans have multiple opportunities to meet the driver of the No. 8 Kalahari Resorts & Conventions Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 this weekend at Pocono Raceway. The Sunoco Rookie of the Year contender is scheduled to sign autographs at the RCR merchandise hauler in the fan zone on Saturday, June 1, starting at 10 a.m. ET. He is also scheduled to make an appearance at the Tricky Triangle Club with team owner Richard Childress on Sunday, June 2, starting at 10:45 a.m. ET.

About Kalahari Resorts & Conventions

The Pocono Mountains resort's 220,000-square-foot indoor waterpark features thrilling rides and slides, a wave pool and lazy river, specially designed kids' play areas and adult swim-up bars. Beyond the waterpark, the resort welcomes race fans with nearly 1,000 guest rooms and suites and dry-play activities like Gorilla Grove, with an aerial treetop ropes course, quad zip lines and a new 36-hole mini golf course. An indoor Family Entertainment Center features the latest and greatest in arcade games, the virtual reality sensation The Arena, escape rooms, laser tag, bowling and more. Guests can take a break for a meal at one of the delicious on-site, full-service signature dining experiences - Double Cut Charcoal Grill, Sortino's Italian Kitchen and B-Lux Grill and Bar - and relax at the world-class Spa Kalahari and Salon.

Mayfair May Fair

Hemric is scheduled to take part in the Mayfair Grand Prix hosted by the Urban Youth Racing School in the Mayfair area of Philadelphia on Saturday, June 1, starting at 4 p.m. He will be one of the many celebrity guests that will take part in a charity go-kart race that will take place on a street course near Cottman Ave and Frankford Ave in Philadelphia.

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