WELCOME, N.C. – Daniel Hemric will return to Richard Childress Racing for the 2018 NASCAR XFINITY Series season, again competing for the championship behind the wheel of the No. 21 Chevrolet Camaro.
“It is always a special time when you can re-sign with a team like Richard Childress Racing that has done so much in our sport,” said Hemric. “I’ve learned a lot from Richard both about racing and life in general, many lessons that I will never forget.”
“While we still are contending for the XFINITY Series championship this year, and have unfinished business in the final five races, I’m fortunate that I will again be running for the series championship in 2018 with RCR and Richard in my corner.”
In his rookie campaign this year, Hemric’s performance during the regular season earned him a position in the XFINITY Series playoffs.
Through the first 26 regular season races, Hemric earned five top-five and 12 top-10 finishes, one pole award, two stage wins, led 70 laps and earned the $100,000 XFINITY Dash 4 Cash bonus at Bristol Motor Speedway.
“Richard made a vow to me that he believes in me, and I believe in the entire RCR organization,” said Hemric. “It is such a humbling feeling to know I have an owner that believes in me and what we can accomplish together. I look forward to representing RCR and all of the organization’s great partners.”
“Daniel is a special driver that we’re thrilled to have back for the 2018 season,” added team owner Richard Childress. “He works hard at being the best race car driver he can possibly be. There aren’t too many other drivers that have a work ethic like he does, which we value here at RCR.”
“Daniel is constantly in the race shop meeting with his crew chief, our engineers, the simulation team and his teammates to understand how to get better. On top of that, Daniel is an excellent ambassador for RCR’s partners. He carries himself well, treats everyone with respect and understands the importance of sponsorship.”
Prior to making his NASCAR debut, the Kannapolis, N.C., native earned multiple championships across various legend car and late model series. He was crowned the track champion at Concord Speedway, recorded back-to-back Legend Car Pro championships in 2008 and 2009 and won three Summer Shootout Series championships in 2009, 2013 and 2014.
Hemric also earned the Champion Racing Association JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour championship in 2012 and the Southern Super Series championship in 2013.
Along with Hemric’s impressive list of championships, he also claimed the victory in the inaugural Legends Million at Charlotte Motor Speedway in 2010. Hemric won the largest one-of-a-kind grassroots event in racing history, taking the lead with 11 laps to go in the 100-lap A-Feature.