"We raced hard today, I am truly proud of this race team and the way we executed today. We had a plan and stuck to it. We didn’t loose it here today, we lost it at Texas. That falls on myself, but I have big shoulders and I can handle it. We will continue this journey.” - Daniel
Daniel Hemric qualified fourth for the Drive for the Cure 250 presented by BlueCross BlueShield of North Carolina.
Hemric remained in the top five during the opening laps, running similar lap times to second place. On lap 10, he reported he was starting to lose rear grip, but continued to work his way through the top five. While some leaders pitted with three to go in stage, Hemric stayed out and finished the stage in second, earning nine stage points.
Hemric pitted at the stage break for four tires and fuel before starting 14th on lap 25. Happy with the handling of his car, he was up to ninth by lap 28, being told he was running second place lap times.Once again, the leaders elected to short-pit the stage, putting Hemric in second. A caution came out shortly after, which ultimately ended the stage. He finished second in stage two.
Hemric pitted at the stage break for four tires, fuel and a slight air pressure adjustment. After restarting 15th with 24 to go, he worked his way back through the field and was up to 10th with 15 to go. The caution came out with 11 to go, and the team made the call to come down pit road under the caution for four tires and fuel. Hemric restarted 11th with eight to go, but another caution came out before the lap was complete. After restarting 8th with five to go, Hemric went on to finish the race seventh, just missing the Playoff round of eight by two points.