IMPRESSIVE ROOKIE SEASONS CONTINUES AS SOLID 7TH PLACE FINISH ADVANCES HEMRIC TO THE PLAYOFF’S ROUND OF EIGHT.
October 8, 2017
Faced with a NASCAR four-race suspension of crew chief Danny Stockman Jr., car chief Clint Almquist and engineer Luke Mason for on track “separation of ballast” at Dover, Richard Childress Racing reassigned crew chief Randall Burnett and members from the #2 RCR Xfinity Series team to manage the #21 beginning at Charlotte.
The #21 Anderson Maple Syrup Chevrolet Camaro started from the eight position based on Owner Points because of rain forced cancellation of Qualifying. The race was delayed 5 hours due to ever-persistent showers leaving the VH1 adhesion enhancer applied to the upper lane of the Charlotte Motor Speedway pretty much washed away. The result was a good old-fashioned Charlotte shootout with two races going on at once with the RCR, Gibbs, and Penske Cup drivers dueling for Owner Points and the Xfinity regulars dueling to move to the Xfinity Playoff Round of Eight.
The new driver-crew chief combination clicked from the start with the #21 unloading 7th fastest on the only lap run in the first practice (due to an oiled turn 3 and 4 that resisted cleanup attempts). Hemric was fifth at the end of the race’s first stage and accumulated the second greatest amount of points of the Playoff contenders behind Allgaier (4th position), and ahead of Byron (6th) and Custer (9th). Hemric was the top points earner in stage two finishing 6th, followed by Byron (7th), Custer (8th) and Sadler (9th).
At the race conclusion, Hemric had earned 41 points for his effort and ranked second, just three points behind in the Playoff Round One final points standing.
“I’m really proud of everyone on this Anderson’s Maple Syrup Chevrolet team. Everyone at RCR stepped up and really handled the adversity that we faced this week head on and came out strong in the end. We’ll just continue on and do what we did in the first round of the Playoffs for the next three races in this Round of 8. I’ve got to do a better job on the restarts and I’ve got to make sure we get all we can get out of the weekend. Once I lost a little bit of track position on the restarts tonight it really hurt us. I apologize to my guys for that. I’m really pumped up about how we’ve made strides with our mile-and-a-half program over the last few months. We’re going the right direction. We’ve got to get better, I’ve got to get better, but I’m confident we can be a part of this championship fight.” Daniel Hemric
The first race of final Playoff round to determine the four contending drivers for the Xfinity Championship at Homestead-Miami Speedway will take place Saturday, October 21st at Kansas Speedway beginning at 3PM EDT televised on the NBC Sports Network.
The Xfinity Championship Playoff Round One Final Points standing that determined the eight drivers advancing to the Round of Eight is as follows:
1. William Byron, 2134 points
2. Daniel Hemric, 2131 points
3. Cole Custer, 2129 points
4. Elliott Sadler, 2123 points
5. Justin Allgaier, 2118 points
6. Brennan Poole, 2114 points
7. Matt Tifft, 2118 points
8. Ryan Reed, 2080 points