Phoenix, still feels like a new track
Race 35: Phoenix
No. 8 Cat Large Dozers Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
Daniel Hemric will make his second NASCAR Cup Series start at ISM Raceway during this weekend's 312-lap event, having started 11th and finished 18th there in the spring. The Kannapolis, North Carolina, native also has four NASCAR Xfinity Series starts at the one-mile speedway, earning an average start of 14.5 and an average finish of 5.0, including a second-place finish in November 2018.
Rookie of the Year Battle Heating Up
With two races left in the 2019 season, Hemric is currently leading the Sunoco Rookie of the Year battle with a five-point advantage over Ryan Preece. Hemric was also the Rookie of the Race during last Sunday's event at Texas Motor Speedway.
Meet the Driver
Hemric is scheduled to make an appearance at the RCR merchandise hauler in the ISM Raceway fan zone for an autograph session on Saturday, Nov. 9, starting at 10:15 a.m. local time.
"It is kind of an on-going debate inside the haulers about the racetrack, because what I am referring to as Turns 1 and 2, others are calling Turns 3 and 4. In all seriousness, you have to be on the same page with your crew chief and spotter throughout the weekend because it is still so new and different. Whenever you take off on the restarts, get up through the gears and go down into the new Turn 1, it's so different than restarts used to be at ISM Raceway. Everyone used to talk about how you had to get off the old Turn 2 to make a good lap. Well, now your coming-to-green lap is off the old Turn 2, which is the new Turn 4, and you have to go through that twice to make a complete lap and that changes lap times. There is a lot of time to be made up on that end of the racetrack now. I can't believe how different the visuals of the track from inside the race car are now that the track has been reconfigured. I remember my first laps on the track after the change and when you come off what is now Turn 2 and you feel like you're at a totally different racetrack, with the motorhomes on the backstretch and the grandstands wrapping around Turns 3 and 4, the restart box, the start-finish line, all of it. It feels like a completely new racetrack and I feel like we've seen it race like one each time we've been back since."
About Cat® Large Dozers
Like RCR's No. 8 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1, Cat Large Dozers are made to go the distance. For decades, Cat Large Dozers have revolutionized the mining and construction fields with industry firsts such as the elevated sprocket design, which is uniquely highlighted on both sides of the Cat car. Additionally, the hood of the car features the iconic Cat logo. Today, Cat Large Dozers continue to set the pace for productivity, safety, technology, and lower owning and operating costs. Maybe that's why there are more large Cat Large Dozers at work worldwide than all other brands combined.