NASCAR Stars Daniel Hemric and Kyle Busch Headline Late Model Winter Showdown

February 3, 2018 – Kern County Speedway, CA
The fourth annual winter showdown at Kern County Raceway in Bakersfield, CA marked the beginning of the 2018 SPEARS Southwest Tour. NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series Champion Kyle Busch and NASCAR Xfinity Series Championship contender Daniel Hemric joined more than 40 drivers attempting to take home $30,000 by winning the 300-lap race.

to take home $30,000 by winning the 300-lap race.
“In all honesty, this opportunity came together purely through long-standing mutual friends and relationships, formed over the last ten plus years,” Hemric told the SPEARS Southwest Tour Series. “I’ve known Butch and Johnny VanDoorn for quite a while. My Xfinity Series crew chief, Danny Stockman, has known Charlie Wilson, Nick (Sivesend) and the Wilson Motorsports group for a long time. Since beginning conversations with the Wilson Motorsports Team about trying to put a deal together, it has been very eye opening as to how small of a world racing truly is. It has been a pleasure to work through the logistics with everyone involved,” said Hemric. “I’m really pleased that our RCR (Richard Childress Racing) Xfinity #21 sponsor, South Point Hotel & Casino join this program.”
The NASCAR stars took the green flag from the second row with Hemric third inside of fourth place qualifier Busch. Busch was able to work his way to the lead on lap 63. A restart with just six laps remaining saw Busch, fast qualifier and Hemric Teammate Buddy Shepard followed by Hemric all with a chance to win. Busch was able to get away as Shepard and Hemric battled. At the end, it was Kyle Busch winning followed by Buddy Shepard and Daniel Hemric in third.
“A wheel and one car (short). You come here to win these races but you gotta be here to have a shot and I’m thankful for everybody on this Wilson Motorsports team,” said Hemric. “Congratulations to Kyle, those guys really struggled at the start of practice, but came to life at the end of happy hour (on Friday). They really hit on something and wore us out.”