Daniel Hemric Wins Frantic Federated Car Care 100by Kyle Pokrefky April 11, 2015 0 comments
By: Kyle Pokrefky/@KPokrefky
Photo credit: Kyle Pokrefky/The Fourth Turn
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — In a dramatic close to the second Southern Super Series event of the year, 2013 series champion Daniel Hemric came away with his first-ever win at Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville in the Federated Car Care 100.
Prevailing in a nine-lap dash to the finish, Hemric won the coveted guitar trophy generally handed out at the Fairgrounds by fending off a hard-charging Casey Roderick in the final run to the checkered flag.
Hemric’s No. 98 car came to life from the midpoint of the race on, ultimately putting the current rookie in the NASCAR Camping World Series in a position to snake his way to the lead by taking advantage of a late crash by then leaders John Hunter Nemechek and Kyle Grissom.
“That was intense, wasn’t it?,” Hemric said in victory lane, brandishing his newly-acquired guitar. “I was hoping we could get green, I thought we would have more left than the rest of those guys. You couldn’t know if you couldn’t get a lap in. Fortunately, we were able to get those last nine laps in and get a clean restart there.
“Thanks to Casey Roderick and Donnie [Wilson] for running me clean there at the end. Everybody wants these races so bad so it’s easy to get antsy and run over somebody and I’ve been on the receiving end of that a time or two.”
Rounding out the top-10 of the finishing order were Roderick, Wilson, Casey Smith, Garrett Jones, Hunter Robbins, Brett Holmes, Will Gallagher, Jeremy Pate and Johnny Brazier.
Attrition was a major factor in determining the final finishing order of the race as with 20 laps to go, then leader Augie Grill, who entered the race 10th in points, crashed out of the race on Lap 80 after aggressively trying to maneuver his way through some tough lapped traffic.
Roderick had a front row seat for the caution that took out leaders Nemechek and Grissom from the race. Fighting for the lead on the restart, Nemechek lost control of his No. 8 car after spinning his tires and collected himself and Grissom into the Turn 1 wall with Roderick getting a slight piece of it.
After climbing out of his car, Nemechek raised his arms at Roderick in confusion as to the driver of the No. 7 car’s move, but, Roderick chalked the incident to hard racing and to the fact that Nemechek was slow to the flag.
“Everybody’s racing hard there at the end and you’ve got to go. On that one restart, Nemechek spun the tires and I got to the inside of him – I had to go too, I couldn’t wait on him,” Roderick said. “He was all the way down the front straightaway here and came down into us and collected other people while he was doing it. It’s just good, hard racing. I don’t think anybody was at fault, it’s just trying to control the car. He may could have kept it off me there a little bit and everything would have been fine.
“When we got back going, I spun the tires there and Hemric got out to a good lead there. I felt like I ran him back down a little bit once we got going, I just ran out of time.”
As for if he had anything for Hemric if another late caution flew, Roderick stated that it would have been one tough feat to hang with the eventual winner.
“It’d have been tough,” he remarked. “He was really good up off the corner. I was better through the center I thought, but he was able to get to the battle a lot better and that was the race-winning car there. Whoever gets off the corner better is going to win, and they had us covered there.”
The Southern Super Series will return to action at Five Flags Speedway in Pensacola, Fla. on Friday, April 24th.
Top-10 Finishers of the Federated Car Care 100
- 98 – Daniel Hemric
- 7 – Casey Roderick
- 2W – Donnie Wilson
- 99 – Casey Smith
- 88 – Garrett Jones
- 18 – Hunter Robbins
- H2 – Brett Holmes
- 5G – Will Gallagher
- 22 – Jeremy Pate
- 71 – Johnny Brazier