Biography of Daniel Hemric
Daniel Hemric is an American professional stock car racing driver. He currently competes part-time in the NASCAR Xfinity Series, driving the No. 8 Chevrolet Camaro for JR Motorsports.
A native of Kannapolis, North Carolina, Hemric began his career at the age of five, competing in go-kart racing at the 1/5-mile Concord Speedway, winning 11 races and a track championship at the North Carolina facility before moving up to Bandolero car five years later. During that time, he started doing his backflip celebration, which was taken from Carl Edwards. At 16, Hemric moved up to Legends cars, and in 2008, he won the track’s Pro championship, as well as the first of two back-to-back Legends Pro national championships.
In 2009, with nearly 60 wins in just under 80 starts, he maxed out his National Points early on the way to winning his second national Legends Pro championship, in addition to earning the Summer Shootout Series championship on the strength of six races in 10 starts. In 2010, Hemric won the Legends Million at Charlotte Motor Speedway, winning the largest paycheck in Legends car history, $250,000.
Late in the 2010 racing season, Hemric made his debut in the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour; he would run selected races in that series and in the Whelen Modified Tour over the next three years, while in 2012 he ran a full season in late model cars, winning the Champion Racing Association JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour championship, scoring eight victories on his way to the title. Hemric won the Summer Shootout Series championship again in 2013, in addition to competing in the Southern Super Series late model championship, driving the No. 98 Ford for Carswell Motorsports. He also competed in the Blizzard Series late model tour, winning the series’ 2013 championship.
In October 2013, Daniel Hemric made his debut in NASCAR national series competition at Martinsville Speedway, driving the No. 6 Chevrolet for Sharp Gallaher Racing in the Camping World Truck Series. Daniel Hemric suffered early issues, finishing 32nd. On November 2, Daniel Hemric finished second in the 29th annual All American 400 late model race to Chase Elliott, winning the 2013 Southern Super Series championship by one point over Bubba Pollard. In early November 2013, he finished 13th in his second Truck Series race, at Phoenix International Raceway. Daniel Hemric made his third Truck start in 2014 for NTS Motorsports, finishing a solid 12th at Homestead.
In 2015, Daniel Hemric announced that he would compete full-time for the first time in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series with NTS Motorsports. Hemric drove the No. 14 California Clean Power Chevrolet Silverado and competed for the 2015 NASCAR Rookie of the Year title. Hemric earned a best finish of fourth (Dover International Speedway, Bristol Motor Speedway, Canadian Tire Motorsport Park) and ran as high as fifth in the NCWTS Driver Point Standings, ultimately finishing the season seventh in the championship standings.
On July 28, 2015, Hemric announced his engagement to K&N Pro Series East driver Kenzie Ruston. They married on January 7, 2017. He announced in November 2019 that Ruston was expecting their first child. Their daughter Rhen Haven was born on May 9, 2020.
On September 4, 2019, Hemric established the Daniel Hemric Be the Change Scholarship with Rowan–Cabarrus Community College. The annual scholarship will grant financial aid to one qualifying student in the field of motorsports, welding, or mechanical engineering.
- Full Name: Daniel Hemric
- Date of Birth: January 27, 1991
- Age: 30 years
- Birth Place: Kannapolis, North Carolina, United States
- Car no., team: No. 8 (JR Motorsports)
- 2019 position: 25th
- Current team: Chevrolet Xfinity Series racing manufacturer team
- Awards: 2019 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Rookie of the Year
- Net Worth: N/A
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