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Hemric Continues to Make Strides in Rookie Season

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A new crop of talent emerges in the NASCAR XFINITY Series each season. Each group faces similar challenges as they battle Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series stars while looking to establish themselves to continue climbing racing ranks.

A talented class of rookies is making headways in 2017. While three-time race winner William Byron continues to impress, Daniel Hemric has also emerged as a rising star.

Hemric currently sits fourth in the driver’s standings with four top-fives and 11 top-10 finishes in 25 races.  

He performed well in Friday night’s Virginia529 College Savings 25o at Richmond Raceway, placing highest among championship contenders in fourth.

After competing full-time in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series last season, the Richard Childress Racing driver has quickly adjusted to the demands of the XFINITY series and has excelled.

In the first ten races of the year, he placed outside the top-30 three times. Through the last 15, he has only finished that poorly once and continues to improve.

Two of his best runs came at two of the toughest tracks on the schedule, finishing eighth at Indianapolis and seventh at Bristol.

Coming home fourth at Richmond shows his ability to keep up with the NASCAR Cup Series regulars, which is often the best marker to gauge an up and coming driver’s talent. 

Once the Playoffs begin at Kentucky, Hemric’s consistency and speed could make him a top contender. 

With the three JR Motorsports cars of Byron, Elliott Sadler, and Justin Allgaier looking to be the early favorites to make the season finale, it leaves one spot up for grabs.

Hemric has performed best among the other competitors currently in post-season positions, and by limiting mistakes and running as he did at Richmond, he could easily be in the Championship 4.

So far exceeding expectations in his rookie season, he has shown his potential, and now will be in an excellent position to compete for the title to cap off an impressive year.

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Jason Schultz

Jason Schultz aspires to enter the public relations field of NASCAR. Schultz, 19, attends UNC Charlotte and is a communication studies major with a focus in public relations. In addition to contributing to POPULAR SPEED, Schultz produces podcasts for Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s Dirty Mo Radio. He also completed a semester as a social media intern at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Each year, he volunteers as the social media correspondent for Autism Delaware's Drive for Autism golf tournament featuring NASCAR personalities and the AAA 400 Drive for Autism Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Dover.