SPECTACULAR NBC SPORTS FOOTAGE SHOWS REAR FENDER DAMAGE OCCURING FROM BROKEN TRACKBAR MOUNT BEFORE IMPACT WITH THE WALL AT TEXAS.
November 6, 2017
The #21 Blue Gate Bank RCR crew unloaded its most competitive Xfinity Series Chevrolet Camaro this season at Texas. Throughout first practice, Daniel Hemric’s #21 was atop the scoring pylon and finished that session second.
After working on long runs early in the second practice, the #21 crew mounted a fresh set of Goodyear’s and Hemric went out to make a time run. Video captured by NBC Sports dramatically documents the #21 loosing rear the rear end and damage occurring to both right and left fenders as the rear axle move counter to centrifugal force causing significant damage to both sides before the car’s rear bumper impacts the safer barrier at a 45 degree angle.
The backup car was worked on late into Friday night to be ready for Saturday’s qualifying session. Running just one lap in each qualifying round, Daniel placed 11th in the first round, then 10th in the second and finally 6th to start the race. He was only able to score a 10th place in stage one of the race as the car developed a loose condition. With adjustments and new tires, the balance of the car improved and Hemric was able to score a 6th place in stage two. A combination of circumstances and late race strategy relegated the #21 to a 14th place finish, one lap down to the winner.
“I am proud of all of the guys on the Blue Gate Bank team for getting the backup car ready and overcoming all of the trials we had this weekend. So, thanks to them for all of that. The balance was decent, and the team worked hard to get it close, but we weren’t able to get the Blue Gate Bank up front where it belonged. We battled all night and all year, really. Our plan is to go to Phoenix as prepared as we can be. Everyone needs to do his jobs. We need to sit on the pole and win the race. I believe in these guys and all of their heart. We just need to make sure we bring our best bullet possible next week.” Daniel Hemric
Hemric drove the #27 Menard’s Chevrolet in Friday’s first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series practice, and then qualified it 21st for Sunday’s AAA Texas 500. Paul Menard was home with his wife and new baby. Paul drove final practice on Saturday and raced it on Sunday.
The third of three races in final Playoff round to determine the four drivers contending for the Xfinity Championship at Homestead-Miami Speedway will take place Saturday November 11th at Phoenix International Speedway beginning at 3:30 PM eastern and televised on the NBC Sports Network.
The Xfinity Championship Playoff Round of Eight standing after the Texas
Elliott Sadler, 3103 points
William Byron, 3098 points
Justin Allgaier, 3094 points
Brennan Poole, 3079 points
Matt Tifft, 3074 points
Cole Custer, 3068 points
Daniel Hemric, 3061 points (minus 18 points to 4th)
Ryan Reed, 3046 points