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Three Top 20's to Start the Year

"We fired off decent in the race, but within a few laps, the No. 31 South Point Chevy just started getting tight. A speeding penalty set us back a bit, but fortunately we were able to get the lap back. We ran the best we had all day during those last couple of runs, and we were able to grab another top-20 finish." - Daniel

  • Daniel Hemric qualified 34th for the Pennzoil 400 Presented by Jiffy Lube.

  • The first caution of the day came out on lap 10, and Hemric pitted for tires, fuel and a right-rear adjustment on the No. 31 South Point Camaro ZL1. After restarting 31st on lap 16, the next caution came out on lap 26. Hemric radioed that the No. 31 Chevrolet fired off strong but would trend tight as he ran. Crew chief, Trent Owens, called Hemric in for tires and an adjustment under caution. After restarting 32nd, Hemric made up nine spots to finish 23rd in the first stage.

  • During the first stage break, Hemric pitted for tires, fuel and an adjustment to help with right-rear lateral, before starting the second stage 24th. Hemric pitted on lap 120 but received a speeding penalty. He completed a pass-through and fell one lap down to the leaders. When the next caution fell on lap 157, Hemric was eligible for the wave around, placing him back on the lead lap. The field took the green flag with four laps remaining, as Hemric finished the second stage in 31st place.

  • During the second stage break, Hemric pitted for tires, fuel and a right-side air pressure adjustment, before starting the final stage in 29th. The race remained green, and Hemric made a green-flag stop on lap 209 for four tires and fuel. Just after Hemric went down a lap, a caution came out on lap 235, giving him the free pass. He pitted for four tires under caution and restarted 24th with 26 laps remaining. Hemric cracked the top 20 for the first time on lap 243 and went on to finish the race in 19th place.

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