Hometown: Kannapolis, N.C.
Residence: Mooresville, N.C.
Birthdate: January 27, 1991
Daniel Hemric, like many racers, knew at a young age that he liked speed.
“The first time I sat in a go-kart at Concord (NC) Speedway, I knew right then that I wanted to race,” said Daniel Hemric. “I think it was the idea of competition and beating the other kids that really caught my interest.”
Since then, Hemric has compiled an impressive resume on the strength of his natural talent, amassing both track and national championships by collecting countless wins at every level in his developmental years.
The Kannapolis, NC native began racing go-karts when just five years old at the 1/5-mile Concord Speedway (NC) winning 11 races and a track championship. Five years later he progressed to Bandoleros followed by Legends at age 16. In 2008, Hemric won the first of his back-to-back Legend Car Pro Championships.
2009 was a record-breaking year for Hemric with nearly 60 wins in just under 80 starts. He won the National Legend Car Pro Championship as well as the 2009 Summer Shootout Series Championship. Hemric advanced to Late Model competition at the end of that season driving for BDI Racing. In his Late Model debut, Hemric broke the Concord Speedway track qualifying record in the Pro Late Model category and finished second in the race.
In 2010, Hemric won the inaugural Legends Million race at Charlotte Motor Speedway, winning the largest paycheck in Legend Car history – $250,000. Later that year, he began a three-year stint racing select events in the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour. Hemric raced Late Model full seasons in 2012 and 2013, winning the 2012 JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour Championship, and the 2013 Summer Shootout Series Championship.
In October 2013, Hemric made his NASCAR debut at Martinsville Speedway in the Camping World Truck Series with Eddie Sharp Racing. He capped off that season with a top-15 finish in the Truck Series race at Phoenix.
His big break came with NTS Motorsports in the fall of 2014. In just his third Truck Series start and his debut on a speedway, Hemric posted a twelfth place finish that propelled his career to fulltime in NASCAR.
As a rookie, he finished 7th for NTS Motorsports in the 2015 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Driver’s Championship with four “top-5”, and thirteen “top-10” finishes. His best finishes were 4th (three times), including one at the Canadian Tire Motorsport Park road course, and one on the Eldora Speedway dirt track. Brad Keselowski called and Hemric moved to his team for 2016. Driving the #19 Brad Keselowski Racing Ford F-150 sponsored by Blue Gate Bank and Reese® Brands, Hemric qualified for the first ever NASCAR Camping World Chase tied for the most driver’s points earned in the 16 qualifying races.
Richard Childress Racing (RCR) announced September 17th, 2016 that it had signed Hemric to a multi-year agreement to race full-time in the NASCAR XFINITY Series beginning with the 2017 season. “Daniel has proven his talent with his numerous wins and championships throughout the years,” said Richard Childress, Chairman and CEO of RCR. “He has had an impressive start to his NASCAR career in the Camping World Truck Series, and we’re thrilled to add his incredible talent to our lineup for 2017. I look forward to watching him contend for championships under the RCR banner.”
In his Blue Gate Bank RCR Camaro, Daniel qualified for the newly restructured “Xfinity Playoffs” as the fourth seed and carried that seeding to the 2017 Championship determining race at Miami-Homestead. A defective voltage regulator put him 12 laps down in the finale. Regardless of the disappointment at Homestead-Miami, 2017 was a very good year for Daniel Hemric. Winning the Dash 4 Cash ($100,000 bonus) at Bristol, the pole at Richmond, strong road race runs at Road America including 2nd at MidOhio, and racing his way into the championship determining race at Homestead with an impressive race at Phoenix are memorable events. In the season’s 33 races, Hemric had 18 Top Tens and 7 Top Five finishes, 1 pole, 2 stage wins and earned 9 Playoff Points.
In December 2017, RCR announced that South Point Hotel & Casino would sponsor Hemric’s second run for the NASCAR Xfinity Championship in 2018. The 2018 story also includes Hemric’s debut in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.