Daniel Hemric – Richmond Preview

This Week’s Smokey Mountain Herbal Snuff Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 at Richmond Raceway … Hemric will be making his Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series debut this weekend at Richmond Raceway. The Kannapolis, North Carolina native served as a test driver for the Richard Childress Racing MENCS teams at the Charlotte Motor Speedway road course Goodyear Tire Test in October 2017. He also practiced for the RCR MENCS teams in late 2017 while being on stand-by as a substitute driver for Paul Menard and Ty Dillon.


You will be making your Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series debut this weekend running the No. 8 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 with Richard Childress Racing and support from Smokey Mountain Herbal Snuff. How special will this weekend be for you?

“This weekend is going to be extremely special. When kids grow up playing t-ball and then have a shot to play in the major leagues, that’s exactly what this weekend is going to be for me. I will have a ton of family and friends making the trip from North Carolina to be there to show their support and cheer for everyone on this Richard Childress Racing team. This is a day that I have worked for since I was five years old. Growing up, I never saw the light at the end of the tunnel, I never knew where that was going to be. To know it is definitely happening is really special. There is a lot of emotion going into the weekend, but I am just going to try and enjoy it and take a light-hearted approach to the weekend. I am just enjoying the opportunity and am very thankful to Richard Childress Racing and Smokey Mountain Herbal Snuff for putting it all together.” 

What led to having your MENCS debut taking place at Richmond Raceway?

“The results we had at Richmond last year in the NASCAR Xfinity Series were a factor in determining my initial Cup debut would come here. Richmond just has a real short-track feel to it and the characteristics of the track remind me of places like Pensacola or Greenville-Pickens, two tracks I have had success at over the years. Richmond is a track where you are out of the gas a lot, managing a lot of things inside the car and I feel like that is the kind of feel I need in the car. If there is a best track for me to make my debut, Richmond is probably it. I’m just proud that my boss, Richard Childress, was in agreement when we were determining where my first race would be. Richard Childress, myself, everyone at RCR is so thankful to have Smokey Mountain Herbal Snuff on board the No. 8 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1. They were a partner of ours for four Xfinity Series races last year. They not only stepped up for my first Cup start, but their first race as a partner on a MENCS car. There are a lot of good things going on at Richard Childress Racing and I am just glad to be a part of it.”