BOWMANVILLE, Ontario, Canada – Story by Race Chaser Online Mid-Atlantic Correspondent Marshall Gabell – Chris Trotman/Getty Images North America photo –
Daniel Hemric is not a road course racer, and he’ll tell you as much, too.
In fact, before Saturday’s practice for the Chevrolet Silverado 250 at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, the Kannapolis, N.C. native had competed in just one prior road race (the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East race at Watkins Glen International in July).
However, despite his lack of left-and-right experience, the NTS Motorsports rookie watched, learned and progressed over the course of the weekend – and the result was striking.
Hemric started 13th in the event and remained calm, cool and collected en route to a fourth place finish, his second straight top five result in the series.
“[The race] was wild to say the least,” Hemric said following the event. “It is so cool that NASCAR comes here [to Canada] and packs this place with fans. But the race started out wild for us. It was really a constant battle trying to learn what I needed to learn [about the track].”
With the constant learning battle, Hemric found himself in the latter part of the top 10 before making moves on the final restart to claim a top five finish.
“We found ourselves around eighth or ninth throughout the race,” Hemric expressed. “But, I just got a lot better throughout the day and … the truck was really good. Today was good for us, so I hope we can keep this rolling and go into the next [race].”
With his fourth top five finish this season in hand, Hemric has climbed to fifth in the championship standings, but still sits 90 markers from new championship points leader Erik Jones.
But the title race is not Hemric’s focus. Instead, the NTS Motorsports rookie wants to give his No. 14 California Clean Power team what they have put in the work for this season – a win.
“I am incredibly proud of this team; we have been performing so consistently and working extremely well as a unit,” Hemric explained. “These guys work their butts off and I’m fortunate to be the one holding the wheel. I’m very grateful to Bob Newberry and California Clean Power for giving me the opportunity to race in this series and perform as well as we have been. We are so close to that first win, and these guys really deserve it.”
Hemric will have his next chance at that elusive first win in the American Ethanol 225 at Chicagoland Speedway on Sept. 18, another racetrack he will compete at for the first time.
For more information on Daniel Hemric, visit www.danielhemric.com.
For more information on NTS Motorsports, visit www.ntsmotorsports.com.
About the Writer
Marshall Gabell is the Mid-Atlantic Correspondent for Race Chaser Online, and in addition to his writing duties is also the public relations director for NASCAR Next member Austin Hill. Gabell is currently attending Stephen Decatur High School in Ocean City, Md., entering his sophomore year. He is just 14 years old.
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