Race Preview: Digital Ally 400

Race Preview: Digital Ally 400

Daniel Hemric, No. 8 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1


Digital Ally 400

Race Notes & Quotes

Saturday, May 11, 2019

Kansas Speedway

400 Speedway Blvd, Kansas City, KS

Laps: 267
Miles: 400
Track Size: 1.5 miles
Start: 7:30 p.m. ET

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Daniel Hemric and the No. 8 Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 at Kansas Speedway ... Hemric will be making his first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series start at Kansas Speedway in this weekend's 400-mile event. The Kannapolis, North Carolina, native holds an average start of 5.5 and an average finish of 10th-place in two NASCAR Xfinity Series starts at Kansas, including one pole award and a runner-up finish in 2018 in which he led 128 of the 200 laps. He also has two NASCAR Truck Series starts to his credit at the 1.5-mile speedway, earning an average start of 7.5 and an average finish of 6.5.

About Bass Pro Shops ... Bass Pro Shops is North America's premier outdoor and conservation company. Founded in 1972 when avid young angler Johnny Morris began selling tackle out of his father's liquor store in Springfield, Missouri, today the company provides customers with unmatched offerings spanning premier destination retail, outdoor equipment manufacturing, world-class resort destinations and more. In 2017 Bass Pro Shops acquired Cabela's to create a "best-of-the-best" experience with superior products, dynamic locations and outstanding customer service. Bass Pro Shops also operates White River Marine Group, offering an unsurpassed collection of industry-leading boat brands, and Big Cedar Lodge, America's Premier Wilderness Resort. Under the visionary conservation leadership of Johnny Morris, Bass Pro Shops is a national leader in protecting habitat and introducing families to the outdoors and has been named by Forbes as "one of America's Best Employers." Bass Pro Shops has a long relationship with NASCAR, dating back to 1998. For more information, visit http://www.basspro.com/.

Meet the Driver ... Fans will have multiple opportunities to meet the driver of the No. 8 Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet during the Kansas race weekend. Hemric is scheduled to sign autographs at the RCR merchandise hauler in the Kansas Speedway fan zone on Friday, May 10, starting at 3:30 p.m. local time. He is also scheduled to make an appearance and sign autographs at the Cabela's on 10300 Cabela Drive, Kansas City, Kansas on Saturday, May 11, starting at 2 p.m. local time.

Richard Childress Racing at Kansas Speedway ... In 80 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series starts at Kansas Speedway, Richard Childress Racing has one win, visiting victory lane in 2013 with Kevin Harvick, among five top-five and 22 top-10 finishes.

RCR in the MENCS ... In 2,942 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series starts dating back to 1969, RCR has amassed 50 pole awards,108 wins, 489 top-five finishes and 1,070 top-10 finishes, with an average starting position of 17.7 and an average finishing position of 16.2. RCR has earned 15 total championships (six Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series championships with Earnhardt in 1986, '87, '90, '91, '93 and '94, six NASCAR Xfinity Series titles, two NASCAR Camping World Truck Series titles and one ARCA Menards Series title) and was the first organization to win titles in NASCAR's three national series. 

#RCR50 ... Richard Childress Racing celebrates it's 50th Anniversary in 2019. Follow our social channels season-long to join in the celebration.

Interactive RCR ... For up-to-date news and exclusive content, visit RCR's corporate Twitter page - @RCRracing - along with the RCR Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series team Twitter page - @RCRCup, and driver Twitter pages @austindillon3, @TylerReddick and @DanielHemric. Information about the 15-time championship winning organization can be found on Facebook at www.facebook.com/RichardChildressRacing and at www.RCRracing.com along with official driver pages -  http://www.facebook.com/austindillon3 and www.facebook.com/DanielHemric.

Catch the Action ... The Digital Ally 400 will be televised live Saturday, May 11 beginning at 7:30 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 1 and will be broadcast live on the Motor Racing Network and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.


Kansas Speedway looks like a typical 1.5-mile track, but it seems to be coming into its own now that the asphalt has been worn in some. What makes Kansas unique and what do you like about going there?

"Kansas Speedway really is coming into its own now that the track is getting worn out. I was not a big fan of Kansas when I was in the Truck Series, because I felt like you had so much grip, but then going there in the Xfinity Series car I loved it more and more each time because the track starting loosing grip and gaining character. The racing groove gets so wide throughout a run - you can make a lot of time on the bottom at the start of the run and eventually move up to rim-ride around the top of the track. You have options. That's the coolest thing about Kansas, every year we go back we have more and more options as to which groove to run. It is a lot of fun for us as drivers and I am looking forward to getting there with this No. 8 Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet Camaro ZL1."