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High Spirits For Hemric After Broken Transmission

High Spirits For Hemric After Broken Transmission

by October 26, 2013 0 comments

MARTINSVILLE,  VA :: Just three weeks ago, Daniel Hemric was celebrating in Victory Lane after winning the Wildcat 150 at Dillon Motor Speedway.

This weekend, Hemric made his debut start in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Kroger 200 at Martinsville Speedway. In first practice, he put his Sharp-Gallaher Racing No. 6 JackLink’s/Express Oil Change and Service Chevrolet Silverado sixth on the speed chart and had the ninth best 10 consecutive lap average. During final practice Hemric was even faster and finished the session in the fourth position.

“From the time we unloaded for practice, we had a fast truck,” Hemric said. “There are a lot of things that are out of your control, there’s nothing anybody could have done about the situation in the race. I’m just really happy that I got the opportunity to work with everybody here on the team.

Hemric qualified 16th and was looking for a great debut, maybe even a win, but not long after the green flag flew, all hopes were gone with a broken transmission.

“We just broke something in the shift linkage,” Hemric said. “I could tell on the restart that something wasn’t right with the shifter, so I tried to pull down and get out of the way, and sure enough, it wouldn’t go into fourth gear.”

The team replaced the transmission and got back onto the track, but from then on, it was all about seat time. Hemric, many laps down, raced competitively, especially for his debut.

“I wish we would’ve got everybody that was on this thing in Victory Lane,” Hemric said.

Although there are no immediate plans to make a return to the series, Hemric definitely noted that he wants redemption and hopes to get back behind the wheel of a NASCAR Camping World Truck Series truck as soon as possible.

Hunter Thomas
Hunter Thomas is a journalist who grew up in Darlington, S.C. His first motorsports-based endeavor was working as the Public Relations Director at Dillon Motor Speedway in Dillon, S.C., and his journalism start came while he was freelancing at his hometown newspaper, the News & Press while in college.

Hunter has been working within the NASCAR industry since 2010, and throughout the years, he has done everything from PR/Marketing for drivers and teams in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, NASCAR XFINITY Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, to working at Rockingham Speedway. As a journalist, Hunter has covered everything from regional short tracks to NASCAR, ARCA Racing Series, World of Outlaws, Red Bull Global Rallycross, NHRA and much more.

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