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Meet the Driver … Fans will have the opportunity to meet Hemric during the XFINITY Series autograph session on Saturday, July 29, starting at 12:30 p.m. local time.
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Rearview Mirror: Indianapolis … Hemric’s first trip to the iconic Indianapolis Motor Speedway was not without its drama, but ended in a top-10 finish. Starting from the 13th position, Hemric was forced to pit road early under green flag conditions after the grille of the No. 21 Blue Gate Bank Chevrolet was covered with grass. Using pit strategy to get back to the front of the field, Hemric remained a factor near the front of the field for much of the afternoon. The rookie contender led one lap and brought the No. 21 Blue Gate Bank Chevrolet home in the eighth position, his seventh top-10 finish of the 2017 season.
DANIEL HEMRIC QUOTES:
The race at Iowa Speedway earlier this year did not go as planned as most of the field was trapped a lap down late in the going, but you had a solid day otherwise. What did your team learn that you can apply to this weekend’s race?
“Iowa was a place we had all circled going to for the first race and we were all excited, because Danny Stockman had won so many races with Austin Dillon in the past and had always ran so solid. It was a place I was looking forward to going there the first time because of the short-track characteristics and the high speed mile-and-a-half feel it can give you as a driver. The track is really rough and getting even worse now, which makes it even more fun to drive. We ran inside the top 10 and top five late and had a serious shot at winning until we all were trapped a lap down. I believe we had just taken over second before we were trapped that lap down under caution during green flag pit stops. Iowa is a place that when you have so much success and so much speed before it all unfolds, those are the places you really look forward to getting back to again. I feel like with this aero package, if you find something that’s really close you can tweak on that to make it even better. It’s not like you don’t have to start all over again when you get back to a place. Hopefully we can take what we learned there in June and use it this time on our Blue Gate Bank Chevrolet.”
How frustrating is it when you’re trapped a lap down because the caution falls during green flag pit stops, you have a fast car, making passes, but not making up any ground on those on the lead lap?
“At the end of the June race at Iowa we didn’t really have anything to show for it, and that can be frustrating. You know the time and effort that is put in by the team at the shop and at the racetrack. You execute perfectly throughout the entire event. Then it comes down to the last 20 laps and you’re caught in a situation that is literally out of your control. That’s tough. I think we restarted the 25th car in line each of the last two restarts and we crossed the finish line as the sixth car on the racetrack. That didn’t mean a whole lot. On days like that you have to look at the positives. If you focus on the negative stuff you won’t sleep at night. We had speed, we were able to pass cars, and that’s something we can build on coming back this week.”