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Playing Defense Results in Another Top-10

“What a finish in our Campers Inn RV Chevrolet! I felt like we stayed between ninth and 14th all day. This place is not a lot of fun when you can’t move forward; you’re always playing defense. It was a battle all day, but once the laps winded down, the race craft just went out the window. I figured it would be chaos there at the end, and it was. Somehow we got a sixth place finish out of it.” - Daniel

  • Daniel Hemric qualified 14th for the Dead On Tools 250 at Martinsville Speedway.

  • Hemric had gained one spot on the initial start, before the caution came out on lap six. After restarting 13th, Hemric made it into the top 10 and reported that he was laterally loose this run before the caution came out again on lap 42. The team decided to pit under caution for four tires and fuel. After restarting 10th with 11 to go in the stage, Hemric went on to finish the opening stage 12th.

  • After staying out at the stage break, Hemric restarted sixth on the inside lane before the next caution came out on lap 74. He restarted in seventh with 41 to go in stage two. Hemric was running seventh when the caution came out again lap 89. The restart came with 26 to go in stage two where Hemric restarted in seventh on the outside lane. He was unable to keep his momentum going and went on to finish the second stage in 13th.

  • During the stage break, Hemric pitted for a wedge and air pressure adjustment. He restarted 19th with 121 laps to go in the final stage. Hemric was running 17th when the caution came out with 97 to go. The team elected to stay on track under the caution laps. The restart came with 90 to go in the final stage where Hemric restarted 14th on the outside. When the caution came out on lap 163, Hemric came down pit road for his final set of stickers, fuel and a big swing on an air pressure adjustment. Hemric restarted in 30th after pitting under caution. Hemric had gained nine positions before the caution flag flew again on lap 177. After other cars elected to pit under that caution, Hemric was able to restart in 10th with 68 to go before chaos struck again on lap 187. The team elected to stay out before the restart with 54 to go. Hemric was running between 10th-14th when the caution came out with just 14 to go. He restarted 14th on the outside lane with eight laps to go before chaos happened on lap 245, bringing out the red flag. When the red flag was lifted and the yellow flag was displayed, Hemric elected to stay out and was able to restart 12th in the overtime attempt at a GWC.​​ The last lap crash claimed numerous cars but Hemric made it through and prevailed with a sixth-place finish.

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