DRIVING WHAT APPEAREDD TO BE THE MOST COMPETITIVE CAMARO IN THE FIELD, HEMRIC CONSTANTLY LEAD THE THREE OTHER CONTENDERS UNTIL BEING FORCED TO PIT FOR A NEW BATTERY ON LAP 62 OF 200.
November 20, 2017
Starting from the 4th position, Daniel Hemric drove the #21 Poppy Bank (formerly First Community Bank of Santa Rosa) RCR Chevrolet to seventh in stage one.
On the pit stop between stages, it was determined the right rear tire was low on air and had a slow leak. The RCR pit crew banged off an 11.8 second, four tire and fuel stop moving Hemric up to 5th for the restart for stage two.
Hemric immediately began his charge to the front on the restart passing Scott Lagasse in the #3 before turn 1. He then passed #00 Cole Custer on the next lap for third and began challenging #18 Ryan Peerce for second. Just after driving under the #18 for second, Hemric radioed a voltage issue. Dropping from 14 to 9.5 volts, the ignition system began causing the engine to sputter. Reluctantly, Daniel Hemric brought the #21 to pit lane on lap 62 and the RCR crew began the arduous task of replacing the battery. Twelve laps later, Daniel returned to the race with his hopes to win the Xfinity Championship gone. A post race investigation into the issue found the voltage regulator in the new MSD alternator had been defectively assembled.
“We came down here, we did our jobs. We practiced, qualified, did everything we needed to do to race the guys we needed to race, and I was really looking forward to battling it out with everybody with our No. 21 Poppy Bank Chevrolet. It just wasn’t meant to be. We were able to stay out in front of those guys the first stage, come down pit road, thought we were in pretty good shape to kind of make our race car a little better. The racetrack was starting to go through the transition of cooling down and whatnot, so just logging laps. When we left pit road, I started losing volts for whatever reason, and not exactly sure why yet, but we’ll get to the bottom of it. Not ideal, but sometimes it’s just not meant to be. If it was meant to be, it would. It just wasn’t our day. I don’t want this to let that take away from our efforts that we did all year to put ourselves in position and to get ourselves here. Proud of the effort, and that’s why we decided to keep running all the laps because we didn’t give up and that’s what got us here, so whether we were 12 laps down or not, we wanted to complete the race, and that’s what we did.” - Daniel Hemric
Regardless of the disappointment at Homestead-Miami, 2017 was a very good year for Daniel Hemric. Winning the Dash 4 Cash at Bristol, the pole at Richmond, strong road race runs at Road America including 2nd at MidOhio, and racing into the final four a Phoenix are memorable events. In the season’s 33 races, Hemric had 18 Top Ten and 7 Top Five finishes, 1 pole, 2 stage wins a 9 Playoff Points (playoff 4th seed).