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Daniel Hemric

American stock car racing driver

Daniel Hemric (born January 27, 1991) is an American professional stock car racing driver. He competes full-time in the NASCAR Xfinity Series, driving the No. 18 Toyota Supra for Joe Gibbs Racing.

After beginning his career in short track racing, Hemric moved up to the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and raced full-time in the series in 2015 and 2016 for Brad Keselowski Racing. He ran two full seasons in the NASCAR Xfinity Series for Richard Childress Racing, reaching the Championship Round of the NASCAR playoffs in both years, before competing in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series for the team in 2018. Following one Cup season, he lost his ride with RCR and joined JR Motorsports for a part-time Xfinity schedule.

Racing career[edit]

Hemric stands with his first go-kart at the Brad Keselowski Racing shop in Statesville, NC

A native of Kannapolis, North Carolina,[1] Hemric began his career at the age of five, competing in go-kart racing at the 1/5-mile Concord Speedway, winning 11 races and a track championship at the North Carolina facility before moving up to Bandolero car five years later.[2] During that time, he started doing his backflip celebration, which was taken from Carl Edwards.[3] At 16, Hemric moved up to Legends cars, and in 2008, he won the track's Pro championship, as well as the first of two back-to-back Legends Pro national championships.[2] In 2009, with nearly 60 wins in just under 80 starts, he maxed out his National Points early on the way to winning his second national Legends Pro championship, in addition to earning the Summer Shootout Series championship on the strength of six races in 10 starts.[4] In 2010, Hemric won the Legends Million at Charlotte Motor Speedway, winning the largest paycheck in Legends car history, $250,000.[5]

Late in the 2010 racing season, Hemric made his debut in the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour;[2] he would run selected races in that series and in the Whelen Modified Tour over the next three years, while in 2012 he ran a full season in late model cars, winning the Champion Racing Association JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour championship, scoring eight victories on his way to the title.[4] Hemric won the Summer Shootout Series championship again in 2013,[4] in addition to competing in the Southern Super Series late model championship,[1] driving the No. 98 Ford for Carswell Motorsports.[6] He also competed in the Blizzard Series late model tour,[7] winning the series' 2013 championship.[8]

In October 2013, Hemric made his debut in NASCAR national series competition at Martinsville Speedway, driving the No. 6 Chevrolet for Sharp Gallaher Racing in the Camping World Truck Series.[9] He suffered early issues, finishing 32nd.[10] On November 2, he finished second in the 29th annual All American 400 late model race to Chase Elliott, winning the 2013 Southern Super Series championship by one point over Bubba Pollard.[11] In early November 2013, he finished 13th in his second Truck Series race, at Phoenix International Raceway.[12] Hemric made his third Truck start in 2014 for NTS Motorsports, finishing a solid 12th at Homestead.

In 2015, Hemric announced that he would compete full-time for the first time in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series with NTS Motorsports. Hemric drove the No. 14 California Clean Power Chevrolet Silverado and competed for the 2015 NASCAR Rookie of the Year title.[13] Hemric earned a best finish of fourth (Dover International Speedway, Bristol Motor Speedway, Canadian Tire Motorsport Park) and ran as high as fifth in the NCWTS Driver Point Standings, ultimately finishing the season seventh in the championship standings.[14]

Hemric during the 2016 Media Tour

On November 3, Hemric announced that he would join Brad Keselowski Racing to drive the No. 19 Ford F-150 in 2016.[15] Hemric started the season with an 8th-place finish at Daytona. Hemric later majority of the races with many top 5 finish but no wins. Hemric would make the Chase after being the highest non-winner points.

On September 17, 2016, it was announced that Hemric would join Richard Childress Racing in 2017. Hemric ran full Xfinity Series schedule and competed for Rookie of the Year, driving the No. 21 Chevy Camaro.[16] Hemric made his Xfinity debut at the 2017 PowerShares QQQ 300 at Daytona, which is where he finished 31st after being caught up in an early crash. He rebounded the next week at Atlanta, finishing 9th for his first career Xfinity top-10 finish. At Bristol, Hemric won the Dash 4 Cash. At Richmond, he won his first career pole and then scored a then career-best 3rd-place finish. At Mid-Ohio, Hemric would run in the top 5 for most of the day, bringing home an impressive and career-best 2nd-place finish. In the playoffs, Hemric advanced to the Championship Round at Homestead as the lone non-JR Motorsports driver.[17] Despite starting the race strong, he was eventually plagued by battery issues that dropped him 12 laps behind the leader.[18] He finished 34th and 13 laps down, fourth in the points.[19]

In November 2017, Hemric practiced and qualified the No. 27 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series car of RCR driver Paul Menard at the AAA Texas 500 weekend, qualifying 21st; Menard was on paternity leave but returned for the race.[20]

Hemric returned to RCR's No. 21 for the 2018 season in addition to a part-time schedule in the Truck Series, driving the No. 20 Chevrolet Silverado for Young's Motorsports.[21] On March 20, 2018, it was announced that Hemric would attempt two races in the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, the spring Richmond race and the Charlotte Roval race driving the No. 8 RCR Chevrolet.[22] In his Cup debut at the 2018 Toyota Owners 400, he qualified 22nd and finished 32nd, three laps down.[23]

On September 28, 2018, RCR announced that beginning in 2019, Hemric would be the full-time driver of the No. 31 Chevrolet in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, competing for 2019 Rookie of the Year honors.[24] The agreement came after a deal to drive Leavine Family Racing's No. 95 car in 2019 fell through.[25] Two days later, he drove another Cup race at the new Charlotte Roval, going up to 2nd at one point, but got caught up in a late-race wreck and finished 23rd.

On December 14, 2018, RCR announced that Hemric would be driving the No. 8 car instead of the No. 31 car for the 2019 season.[26] In his first race in the No. 8 at the 2019 Daytona 500, he drove a gold paint scheme to celebrate RCR's 50th Anniversary.[27]

On August 17, 2019, Hemric said he was "iffy" about his status for 2020, despite having signed a two-year contract with RCR.[28] A month later on September 17, the team announced Hemric would be released after the 2019 season.[29][30][31] At the October Kansas race, Hemric scored his first career Busch Pole Award.[32] He finished the season 25th in the points standings. Despite a disappointing debut season, Hemric won the 2019 NASCAR Rookie of the Year honors.[33]

Hemric returned to the Xfinity Series in 2020, joining JR Motorsports' No. 8 car for a 21-race schedule and sharing the car with Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Jeb Burton.[34] He recorded 12 top tens during the year.[35]

Hemric moved to Joe Gibbs Racing's No. 18 Xfinity car for the 2021 season, marking a return to full-time competition.[35] At the end of the Atlanta race, he was involved in a fight with Noah Gragson after a pit road mishap during the race. Neither driver was reprimanded by NASCAR.[36]

Despite scoring no wins, Hemric made the Playoffs through his consistency. On September 25th, 2021, Kaulig Racing announced that Hemric would pilot the No. 11 in 2022, replacing Justin Haley as he moved to Kaulig's No. 16 in the Cup Series full-time.

Personal life[edit]

On July 28, 2015, Hemric announced his engagement to K&N Pro Series East driver Kenzie Ruston.[37] They married on January 7, 2017.[38] He announced in November 2019 that Ruston was expecting their first child.[39] Their daughter Rhen Haven was born on May 9, 2020.[40]

On September 4, 2019, Hemric established the Daniel Hemric Be the Change Scholarship with Rowan–Cabarrus Community College. The annual scholarship will grant financial aid to one qualifying student in the field of motorsports, welding, or mechanical engineering.[41]

Motorsports career results[edit]

NASCAR[edit]

(key) (Bold − Pole position awarded by qualifying time. Italics − Pole position earned by points standings or practice time. * – Most laps led.)

Monster Energy Cup Series[edit]

Daytona 500[edit]

Xfinity Series[edit]

Camping World Truck Series[edit]

K&N Pro Series East[edit]

K&N Pro Series West[edit]

Whelen Modified Tour[edit]

Whelen Southern Modified Tour[edit]

* Season still in progress
1 Ineligible for series points

ARCA Racing Series[edit]

(key) (Bold – Pole position awarded by qualifying time. Italics – Pole position earned by points standings or practice time. * – Most laps led.)

References[edit]

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External links[edit]

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CONCORD, NORTH CAROLINA - OCTOBER 09: Daniel Hemric, driver of the #18 Poppy Bank Toyota, drives during the NASCAR Xfinity Series Drive for the Cure 250 presented by Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina at Charlotte Motor Speedway on October 09, 2021 in Concord, North Carolina. (Photo by Brian Lawdermilk/Getty Images) | Getty Images
Daniel Hemric Roval Paint Scheme
TALLADEGA, ALABAMA - OCTOBER 02: Justin Allgaier, driver of the #7 BRANDT Chevrolet, and Daniel Hemric, driver of the #18 Poppy Bank Toyota, race during the NASCAR Xfinity Series Sparks 300 at Talladega Superspeedway on October 02, 2021 in Talladega, Alabama. (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images) | Getty Images
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - SEPTEMBER 25: Daniel Hemric, driver of the #18 Poppy Bank Toyota, drives during the NASCAR Xfinity Series Alsco Uniforms 302 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on September 25, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images) | Getty Images
BRISTOL, TENNESSEE - SEPTEMBER 17: Daniel Hemric, driver of the #18 Poppy Bank Toyota, drives during the NASCAR Xfinity Series Food City 300 at Bristol Motor Speedway on September 17, 2021 in Bristol, Tennessee. (Photo by Brian Lawdermilk/Getty Images) | Getty Images
RICHMOND, VIRGINIA - SEPTEMBER 11: Daniel Hemric, driver of the #18 Poppy Bank Toyota, drives during the NASCAR Xfinity Series Go Bowling 250 at Richmond Raceway on September 11, 2021 in Richmond, Virginia. (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images) | Getty Images
DARLINGTON, SOUTH CAROLINA - SEPTEMBER 04: Daniel Hemric, driver of the #18 Poppy Bank Toyota, drives during the NASCAR Xfinity Series Sport Clips Haircuts VFW Help A Hero 200 at Darlington Raceway on September 04, 2021 in Darlington, South Carolina. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images) | Getty Images
DAYTONA BEACH, FLORIDA - AUGUST 27: Daniel Hemric, driver of the #18 Poppy Bank Toyota, drives during the NASCAR Xfinity Series Wawa 250 at Daytona International Speedway on August 27, 2021 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Logan Riely/Getty Images) | Getty Images
BROOKLYN, MICHIGAN - AUGUST 21: Daniel Hemric, driver of the #18 Poppy Bank Toyota, drives a damaged car after an on-track incident during the NASCAR Xfinity Series New Holland 250 at Michigan International Speedway on August 21, 2021 in Brooklyn, Michigan. (Photo by Logan Riely/Getty Images) | Getty Images
INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA - AUGUST 14: Daniel Hemric, driver of the #18 Poppy Bank Toyota, drives during the NASCAR Xfinity Series Pennzoil 150 at the Brickyard at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on August 14, 2021 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images) | Getty Images
WATKINS GLEN, NEW YORK - AUGUST 07: Daniel Hemric, driver of the #18 Poppy Bank Toyota, drives during the NASCAR Xfinity Series Skrewball Peanut Butter Whiskey at Watkins Glen International on August 07, 2021 in Watkins Glen, New York. (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images) | Getty Images
LOUDON, NEW HAMPSHIRE - JULY 17: Flames are seen from Daniel Hemric, driver of the #18 Poppy Bank Toyota, as he drives during the NASCAR Xfinity Series Ambetter Get Vaccinated 200 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on July 17, 2021 in Loudon, New Hampshire. (Photo by James Gilbert/Getty Images) | Getty Images
HAMPTON, GEORGIA - JULY 10: Daniel Hemric, driver of the #18 Poppy Bank Toyota, and Kyle Busch, driver of the #54 Extra Gum Toyota, race during the NASCAR Xfinity Series Credit Karma Money 250 at Atlanta Motor Speedway on July 10, 2021 in Hampton, Georgia. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images) | Getty Images
ELKHART LAKE, WISCONSIN - JULY 02: Daniel Hemric, driver of the #18 Poppy Bank Toyota, drives during practice for the NASCAR Xfinity Series Henry 180 at Road America on July 02, 2021 in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin. (Photo by Logan Riely/Getty Images) | Getty Images
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LEBANON, TENNESSEE - JUNE 18: Daniel Hemric, driver of the #18 Poppy Bank Toyota, drives during practice for the NASCAR Xfinity Series Tennessee Lottery 250 at Nashville Superspeedway on June 18, 2021 in Lebanon, Tennessee. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images) | Getty Images
FORT WORTH, TEXAS - JUNE 12: Daniel Hemric, driver of the #18 Poppy Bank Toyota, and Austin Cindric, driver of the #22 Odyssey Battery Ford, race during the NASCAR Xfinity Series Alsco Uniforms 250 at Texas Motor Speedway on June 12, 2021 in Fort Worth, Texas. (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images) | Getty Images
LEXINGTON, OHIO - JUNE 05: Daniel Hemric, driver of the #18 Poppy Bank Toyota, drives during the NASCAR Xfinity Series B&L Transport 170 at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course on June 05, 2021 in Lexington, Ohio. (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images) | Getty Images
CONCORD, NORTH CAROLINA - MAY 28: Daniel Hemric, driver of the #18 Poppy Bank Toyota, drives during practice for the NASCAR Xfinity Series Alsco Uniforms 300 at Charlotte Motor Speedway on May 28, 2021 in Concord, North Carolina. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images) | Getty Images
AUSTIN, TEXAS - MAY 21: Daniel Hemric, driver of the #18 Poppy Bank Toyota, drives during practice for the NASCAR Xfinity Series Pit Boss 250 at Circuit of The Americas on May 21, 2021 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images) | Getty Images
DOVER, DELAWARE - MAY 15: Daniel Hemric, driver of the #18 Poppy Bank Toyota, races during the NASCAR Xfinity Series Drydene 200 race at Dover International Speedway on May 15, 2021 in Dover, Delaware. (Photo by James Gilbert/Getty Images) | Getty Images
DARLINGTON, SOUTH CAROLINA - MAY 08: AJ Allmendinger, driver of the #16 Hyperice Chevrolet, and Daniel Hemric, driver of the #18 Poppy Bank Toyota, race during the NASCAR Xfinity Series Steakhouse Elite 200 at Darlington Raceway on May 08, 2021 in Darlington, South Carolina. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images) | Getty Images
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TALLADEGA, ALABAMA - APRIL 24: Daniel Hemric, driver of the #18 Poppy Bank Toyota, Brandon Jones, driver of the #19 Menards/Tuscany Faucets Toyota, Justin Allgaier, driver of the #7 BRANDT Chevrolet, and Justin Haley, driver of the #11 LeafFilter Gutter Protection Chevrolet, race during the NASCAR Xfinity Series Ag-Pro 300 at Talladega Superspeedway on April 24, 2021 in Talladega, Alabama. (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images) | Getty Images
MARTINSVILLE, VIRGINIA - APRIL 11: Daniel Hemric, driver of the #18 Poppy Bank Toyota, leads the field during the NASCAR Xfinity Series Cook Out 250 at Martinsville Speedway on April 11, 2021 in Martinsville, Virginia. (Photo by James Gilbert/Getty Images) | Getty Images
HAMPTON, GEORGIA - MARCH 20: Daniel Hemric, driver of the #18 Poppy Bank Toyota, drives during the NASCAR Xfinity Series EchoPark 250 at Atlanta Motor Speedway on March 20, 2021 in Hampton, Georgia. (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images) | Getty Images
AVONDALE, ARIZONA - MARCH 13: Daniel Hemric, driver of the #18 Poppy Bank Toyota, drives the NASCAR Xfinity Series Call 811 Before You Dig 200 presented by Arizona 811 at Phoenix Raceway on March 13, 2021 in Avondale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) | Getty Images
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - MARCH 06: Daniel Hemric, driver of the #18 Poppy Bank Toyota, drives during the NASCAR Xfinity Series Alsco Uniforms 300 at The Bullring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on March 06, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images) | Getty Images
HOMESTEAD, FLORIDA - FEBRUARY 27: <>during the NASCAR Xfinity Series Contender Boats 250 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on February 27, 2021 in Homestead, Florida. (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images) | Getty Images
DAYTONA BEACH, FLORIDA - FEBRUARY 20: Myatt Snider, driver of the #2 TaxSlayer Chevrolet, and Daniel Hemric, driver of the #18 Poppy Bank Toyota, race during the NASCAR Xfinity Super Start Batteries 188 At Daytona Presented by O'Reilly at Daytona International Speedway on February 20, 2021 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Brian Lawdermilk/Getty Images) | Getty Images
DAYTONA BEACH, FLORIDA - FEBRUARY 12: Daniel Hemric, driver of the #18 Poppy Bank Toyota, practices for the NASCAR Xfinity Series Beef. It's What's For Dinner. 300 at Daytona International Speedway on February 12, 2021 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by James Gilbert/Getty Images) | Getty Images
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Joe Gibbs Racing was going to promote the owner’s grandson to a full-time ride in the NASCAR Xfinity Series anyway, but Daniel Hemric’s decision over the weekend to jump teams made setting the 2022 lineup that much easier.

Ty Gibbs, who turns 19 years old next week, absolutely deserves his chance to compete for the Xfinity championship. He won on the Daytona road course in his debut this season, but Gibbs has only run half a schedule since. By the time he won on the Charlotte oval and at Watkins Glen this summer, there was no doubt that Gibbs’ promotion would be based on merit.

There is typically always enough offseason movement by drivers to accommodate giving the best new prospects their opportunity, but it can be more challenging at Joe Gibbs Racing, which has been fielding loaded lineups. Daniel Hemric, Harrison Burton, and Brandon Jones all made the 2021 playoffs; had Gibbs run enough races, he would have also qualified.

Hemric’s decision to leave for Kaulig Racing further shakes up a lineup already destined for change. Burton had previously revealed he was leaving in 2022 to join Wood Brother Racing in the NASCAR Cup Series.

Hemric goes from the No. 18 Toyota at JGR to the No. 11 Xfinity Chevy at Kaulig, another Xfinity powerhouse and an organization that will leap into the Cup Series for the first time.

“Honored beyond words,” Hemric wrote on Twitter. “Kaulig Racing has tapped me to drive the 11 car next year. They’re building something special & I’m excited to be part of that. I’m grateful to JGR for helping me bounce back this year & going to give all I’ve got to win a championship over the next 7 races.”

The Kaulig opportunity arose when the team announced made Justin Haley its first full-time Cup Series driver. Sharing a garage with veteran driver AJ Allmendinger will be a great learning experience for Hemric, and a potential jump to the Cup Series in 2023 or ’24 becomes more feasible than waiting around for retirements at JGR.

With Joe Gibbs Racing two drivers down, Ty Gibbs gets one car, and retaining Jones for a seventh full Xfinity season (and fifth with JGR) likely becomes a priority. Jones, 24, scored three of his four career wins in the second-level series last year.

The JGR organization question will be what to do with its fourth car, which is why Hemric’s departure is interesting. The fourth car this season belonged to Kyle Busch for his five annual Xfinity appearances and occasionally for use by other Cup Series drivers. Ty Gibbs took whatever rides remained and otherwise drove the ARCA Menards Series.

Busch says he is done with Xfinity competition after winning all five starts in 2021 to raise his career total to 102 triumphs. With NASCAR likely to restore practice and qualifying at most Cup Series sites, Denny Hamlin, Christopher Bell, and Martin Truex Jr. will have less need to drive Xfinity races to get a feel for tracks.

Thus, there is the possibility that Joe Gibbs could pull the plug on the fourth car. But he could also choose to line up sponsors to run a fourth full-time team. That opens the door for another prospect or one of the Cup Series veterans (think John Hunter Nemechek or Matt DiBenedetto) frozen out of the top series.

With his grandson not taking up the only available seat in 2022, Joe Gibbs has options that didn’t exist as recently as a week ago.

All stats courtesy of Racing Reference.

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Starting in 2022, Daniel Hemricwill be the new driver of Kaulig Racing’s No. 11 Chevrolet in the NASCAR Xfinity Series. Hemric will replace Justin Haley, who will drive one of the organization’s Cup Series cars in 2022.

Hemric’s career has been an interesting one as he has proven consistency but has yet to find victory lane in his NASCAR career. There were a few drivers available that Kaulig Racing could have went with to drive its No. 11 car but decided on the 29-year-old from Kannapolis, North Carolina

Did Kaulig Racing make the right move in hiring Hemric? The choice is one that Luken Glover and Clayton Caldwell debate in this week’s 2-Headed Monster.

It’s Best for Both Parties

Mark Martin and Denny Hamlin both get the recognition as great drivers who never won a championship (while Hamlin still has a very good chance to win his). Daniel Hemric should be recognized as a good driver, but the glaring absence in the win column between all three of NASCAR’s national touring series overshadows it. So let’s just go ahead and say what nearly everyone likely thinks when they hear the name Daniel Hemric: yes, he hasn’t won … yet.

Focusing on the NASCAR Xfinity Series, he’s come as close as you can without finding victory lane. Hemric has nine runner-up finishes in his Xfinity career. Only Dale Jarrett holds more runner-ups (10) before his first career win. Jarrett went on to win 11 Xfinity races and became a champion and Hall of Fame Cup Series driver. Does that mean Hemric will experience the same thing? No, but it’s good company to be in with.

The first key to showing this was the right move is to look at it from a statistical perspective. Yes, stats don’t give the whole story and shouldn’t be looked at alone, but they give a wealth of knowledge into a driver’s career. In 114 starts, Hemric has scored 40 top fives, 67 top 10s, 1,030 laps led and a 12.3 average finish. Those aren’t just OK statistics; they are really good.

Among full-time NXS drivers, Hemric is in the top four in average running position, laps run, average driver rating, quality passes, laps led, fastest laps run and green flag passes.

Stats can only tell part of the story, so why else was Hemric the best option? Since it was known that Kaulig Racing would have an opening, fans and analysts have naturally given their suspects for who would get the ride. Matt DiBenedetto has been quite a popular choice, with it going as far as people spreading rumors that Kaulig had signed the popular driver.

While you will probably hear how Hemric has never won in the top three series several times during a broadcast, you never hear the fact that DiBenedetto also has never won in the top three series. Granted, Hemric has had much better equipment at times than DiBenedetto, but DiBenedetto doesn’t have that Xfinity experience in top equipment. DiBenedetto deserves his shot, but was he the better option than Hemric? Probably not.

While he hasn’t won, Hemric has been to the Championship 4 in the NXS twice. He knows how to get through the playoffs, and it can be argued that if it weren’t for a mechanical issue in the 2017 championship race, he had the best car of the championship drivers. Add on his truck and Cup experience combined with his consistency, and you get a driver who is well-rounded. Don’t forget too, he nearly beat Kyle Busch straight up at Atlanta Motor Speedway in July.

That was enough to attract Kaulig Racing’s attention. This makes sense for both sides. Kaulig has taken a chance on drivers who have been around a while who are looking to take that next step. Look no further than their own drivers in AJ Allmendinger and Jeb Burton. Or how about the step for Ross Chastain to propel his career? Hemric has had success with Chevrolet before, brings consistency, and consistently runs with or outruns the Kaulig cars now. Kaulig believes it can take Hemric to that next level of finally winning, and that potential chemistry makes him the logical choice. — Luken Glover

Kaulig Could Have Done Better

There were better options for Kaulig Racing to hire for the No. 11 car in 2022. While I think Daniel Hemric has proven that he can be a consistent top-five racer in the NASCAR Xfinity Series, he has yet proven that he can be a legitimate contender for the championship. There are other drivers who would have been better hires than Hemric.

Hemric has been running pretty much full-time in some national division of NASCAR since the 2015 season. He has done well since he started, but for the last few seasons, one consistent thing has been said about him: people are waiting for him to take the next step and win races on a consistent basis. He’s made 202 starts over NASCAR’s top three divisions and has yet to record a single victory. Equipment or lack thereof is not an excuse in this case.

In 2016, Hemric drove for Brad Keselowski Racing in the Truck Series — a top-tier operation at the time. In 2017 and 2018, he drove in the NASCAR Xfinity Series for Richard Childress Racing, a championship caliber ride. He moved to Cup for RCR in 2019, but in 2020, he drove for JR Motorsports in the Xfinity Series, which is a very competitive team and this year finds himself driving the No. 18 for Joe Gibbs Racing.

If you ask many who the best team is in the NASCAR Xfinity Series, the majority of people will point to JGR. Since the start of the 2007 season, JGR has won 177 races in the Xfinity Series. Sure, a lot of those wins have come with Kyle Busch behind the wheel, but there have been other names to win for JGR as well.

Harrison Burton won four races as a rookie in 2020. Other names to find victory lane in a JGR car in the series include Ty Gibbs, Daniel Suarez, Christopher Bell, Ryan Preece, Brandon Jones, Erik Jones and Joey Logano.

All the names I mentioned were young drivers still trying to find their way in NASCAR. They weren’t established veterans. That’s why it’s alarming to me that Hemric has failed to win a race in 27 starts this year for Joe Gibbs Racing.

Being young and inexperienced are no longer excuses for Hemric. Including 2021, he has run the better part of three seasons in the Xfinity Series for well established teams and has yet to find victory lane. It’s the next step in his progress, but one that he has yet to reach and now makes you wonder if he will ever get to that point.

When I look at a few of the other options that are out there, I wonder if Kaulig Racing would have been better off handing their No. 11 car to another driver. One name that is currently without a ride and I feel may have been a better option is Ryan Preece. While Preece’s tenure in Cup has been lackluster, JTG Daugherty Racing’s equipment doesn’t often provide opportunities for Preece to thrive.

Recently, JTG Daugherty Racing announced that the team will be a solo car operation for 2022. That leaves Preece without anything concrete for next season. His resume in the two lower divisions of NASCAR is more impressive than Hemric’s. He has two wins in just 59 starts in the NASCAR Xfinity Series and one win in just two starts in the Truck Series. If he was hired to drive the No. 11 car next season, the team would immediately become a championship contender. In order for that to be the case with Hemric, he still has some growing to do.

Another option the team could have pursued was Brett Moffitt. Moffitt’s success in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series is remarkable, winning 12 races in 90 career starts in that division. Moffitt’s yet to have an opportunity to win a championship in the NASCAR Xfinity Series, but he’s proven without a doubt that whenever he gets into winning equipment, he does just that. His current NASCAR Xfinity team, Our Motorsports, has built itself into a competitive organization but it’s not anywhere near where Kaulig Racing is. Hiring Moffitt would have put them in as one of the favorites for the championship. I am not sure Hemric does that right now.

In the end, there are clearly better options Kaulig Racing could have gone after for its No. 11 Chevrolet. Sponsorship and the amount of money that is being brought to the ride may have a major impact on this decision. However, from a competitive standpoint there were other options the team could have signed that would have given them a better chance at a championship. — Clayton Caldwell

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Daniel Hemric joins Kaulig for 2022 Xfinity Series

Daniel Hemric has yet to win a race in NASCAR, but perhaps Kaulig Racing‘s tagline of “Trophy Hunting” will resonate with his quest to finally visit Victory Lane. On Saturday, ahead of the Xfinity Series race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Kaulig announced Hemric will join the team for the 2022 season. He will drive the flagship #11 Chevrolet Camaro.

“We’re excited to welcome Daniel to our Kaulig Racing family,” said team president Chris Rice. “Daniel is a strong competitor, and we think he will make a great addition to our Xfinity Series programme. Statistically, Daniel ranks right among the Kaulig Racing cars each week on the race track, so it’s fitting that we bring in someone who will only continue to make us better.”

Hemric, currently in what will be his lone season with Joe Gibbs Racing, is sixth in points with fifteen top-ten finishes, nine top fives, and a best run of second at Las Vegas in March and Road America. Despite his lack of wins, he has proven to be a consistent driver, as evidenced by his two Championship Round appearances with Richard Childress Racing in 2017 and 2018.

“The belief that Matt Kaulig (team owner) and Chris Rice have in me to come drive their notable #11 car means the world to me,” Hemric commented. “Equally, I believe in their programme, their vision, and what they’re building at Kaulig Racing. It’s impressive to see how they’ve become an elite, multi-car Xfinity Series programme in such a short period of time. I’m just incredibly thankful for the opportunity to drive for them next year, and I’m ready to put in the work to continue building on the team’s success.”

The news fills the void left in the #11 with Justin Haley set to move up to the Cup Series with Kaulig in 2022. 2021 is Kaulig’s first season with three cars and has proven to be a wildly successful campaign with Haley, A.J. Allmendinger, and Jeb Burton all in playoff contention while Allmendinger won the regular season championship. Allmendinger and Kaulig also won the Cup race at the Indianapolis Road Course in August.

Allmendinger will return to Kaulig’s #16 in 2022, while Burton has yet to confirm if he will be back in the #10.

“Kaulig Racing has come a long way in just a few short years, and that’s something I’m truly proud of,” stated Kaulig. The team began racing full-time with the #11 in 2016. “This year, we stepped it up by having three full-time entries in the Xfinity Series and competing in the Cup Series part-time. We blew all expectations out of the water when we won our first Cup race with A.J. Allmendinger, won the regular season championship in the Xfinity Series, and got all three of our full-time drivers into the playoffs. We think Daniel is a great pick to help us elevate our programme.”

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Kaulig Racing announced Saturday they have reached an agreement with Daniel Hemric to take over the No. 11 entry in the NASCAR Xfinity Series for the 2022 season.

Hemric currently runs full-time for Joe Gibbs Racing in Xfinity, fielding the No. 18 Toyota after running a part-time schedule for JR Motorsports in 2020. In 113 starts in the series, he has 39 top-five finishes, 66 top 10s and will make his third career playoff appearance in Saturday’s Alsco Uniforms 302 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway (7:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN, PRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio).

The move adds another veteran driver to a Kaulig Racing stable that already includes 2021 Xfinity Series regular-season champion AJ Allmendinger. Twenty-two-year-old Justin Haley, driver of the No. 11 Kaulig Racing Chevrolet, will move to the premier series and field Kaulig’s first full-time Cup Series entry next season.

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Hemric is still in search of his first career win in a NASCAR national series race, pulling in a pair of runner-up results and leading 510 laps this season. His two other full-time seasons in the Xfinity Series each resulted in a Championship 4 appearance with Richard Childress Racing — finishing fourth in 2017 and third in 2018. He enters the 2021 playoffs Round of 12 sixth in the standings.

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Hemric made a season-long stint in the Cup Series in 2019 with RCR, starting all 36 races and earning the Sunoco Rookie of the Year Award.

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