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Daniel Hemric To Enter 2018 With Familiar Crew Chief

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After working with Randall Burnett for the final five NASCAR XFINITY Series races in 2017, Daniel Hemric will be reunited with Danny Stockman Jr. for next season.

“I’m very excited about that,” Hemric told NBC at the XFINITY banquet. “We had some situations that were thrown our way with five races left in the season. … I have all the faith in the world in Danny and in our race team and the direction we’re going as a company and knowing I’ve got him to lead our group is very exciting.”

Hemric and Stockman were together for 27 of the first 28 events, scoring six top-fives and 14 top-10’s together, which easily allowed Hemric to qualify for the playoffs in his rookie year. However, after a weight fell off in the No. 21 Chevrolet in practice at Dover International Speedway, Stockman was suspended for four races. Burnett was able to get Hemric into the Championship 4, where the pair placed fourth in the standings after a battery problem in the season finale.

Hemric will enter his second campaign at Richard Childress Racing confident, saying the adversity they faced this year will only make them stronger moving forward.

“I have a lot of stuff on the positives to look forward to, knowing what we were able to do on the circumstances last year and the success that we had,” he told POPULAR SPEED last month. “I look forward to hitting the ground running at Daytona without that learning curve. It’s just about going through the motions to being prepared to put us in a position going to Homestead again next year.”

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Ashley McCubbin

Currently the Executive Editor for Popular Speed, Ashley McCubbin also runs Short Track Musings, while handling media relations for OSCAAR. Currently living in Bradford, Ontario, she spends her weekend at the local short tracks in the area taking photos.