By David Morgan, NASCAR Editor
It’s safe to say that Saturday at Texas Motor Speedway was a successful outing for Daniel Hemric.
Not only did he put himself out front and scored his best finish of the season in his No. 21 Chevrolet, he also came away as one of the top four Xfinity regulars in the field, punching his ticket into Dash4Cash eligibility.
Starting almost dead last as a result of pre-qualifying inspection issues, Hemric charged his way from 35th to the lead by the halfway point in the race, holding steady out front for 39 laps, the most he has ever led in his Xfinity Series career.
Though he would lose the lead to eventual race winner Ryan Blaney, Hemric was able to stay in the top-five for the remainder of the race, crossing the line in third place when the checkered flag flew for his best finish ever on the 1.5 mile track.
“For us, it was a solid day,” said Hemric. “I looked at my crew chief Danny Stockman before we came here this weekend and said, ‘Hey man, I need a really good car at Texas to give me a shot to run for 100 grand.’ I was proud of the gains we made as a company here today and to know what Xfinity and Comcast does for our series and giving all four of us an opportunity to go do something that’s really cool.
“As young as we are, we get to run for 100 grand. There’s not a lot of people that can say that. Having the opportunity to taste that last year and experience that was really something that we definitely enjoyed and hopefully we can do it again next week.”
Now, Hemric will set his sights on next week’s race at Bristol, where he finished in the top-10 in both of his starts at the track last year.