Charlotte Motor Speedway: A Special Place
All-Star Weekend: Charlotte Motor Speedway
No. 8 Caterpillar/Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
Daniel Hemric will be making his first start in the NASCAR All-Star Open in hopes of advancing to the night's main event, the NASCAR All-Star Race. The Kannapolis, North Carolina, native made a name for himself on Charlotte Motor Speedway's quarter-mile track racing Legend Cars and Bandoleros, earning multiple race wins and championships, including the 2010 Legends Million race. In three NASCAR Xfinity Series starts at the 1.5-mile speedway, Hemric recorded an average start of 9.7 with an average finish of 9.0.
What would it mean to you to advance through the Open and race in the NASCAR All-Star Race in front of your home crowd at Charlotte Motor Speedway?
"All-Star weekend at Charlotte Motor Speedway is one of the most special weekends of the season. I came here as a kid so many times and to have the chance to race in the Open and possibly earn a spot in the night's main event is truly an honor. I hope we can get the job done for Caterpillar, Bass Pro Shops, everyone at Richard Childress Racing and all of those fans that watched me race on the quarter-mile track for so many years. Charlotte Motor Speedway holds a special place in my heart, and it would be truly special to have a strong night there."
RCR has featured a number of special paint schemes for the All-Star Race, so how does it feel to bring the gold colors back for Saturday night's race under the lights?
"The gold cars generated such a buzz down at Daytona earlier this year and I can't wait to see them on track again this weekend in Charlotte. You only have one 50th anniversary, and to recognize Richard and Judy Childress and everything they have accomplished by running the gold colors on the No. 8 Caterpillar/Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet is an honor. Hopefully, we can honor them by having a strong run and racing our way into the All-Star Race at the end of the night."
Meet the Driver
Fans will have multiple opportunities to meet the driver of the No. 8 Caterpillar/Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet this weekend at Charlotte Motor Speedway. He is scheduled to help the speedway unveil a historical marker on Thursday, May 16, starting at 2 p.m. ET along with team owner Richard Childress and teammate Austin Dillon. He is also scheduled to take part in a Q&A session at the Chevy Stage in the fan zone on Saturday, May 18, starting at 2 p.m. ET. Following that event, he will make an appearance at the RCR merchandise hauler for an autograph session starting at 2:20 p.m. ET.
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