Race Preview: 1000Bulbs.com 500

Race Preview: 1000Bulbs.com 500

Daniel Hemric, No. 8 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1


1000Bulbs.com 500

Race Notes & Quotes

Sunday, October 13, 2019

Talladega Superspeedway

3366 Speedway Blvd, Lincoln, AL

Laps: 188
Miles: 500
Track Size: 2.66 miles
Start: 2:00 p.m. ET

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Daniel Hemric and the No. 8 Liberty National/RCR 50th Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 at Talladega Superspeedway ... Hemric will be making his second Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series start at Talladega Superspeedway during this weekend's 500-mile event. The Kannapolis, North Carolina, native started fifth and finished fifth in his first start at the 2.66-mile speedway in April. 

About Liberty National Life Insurance ... Founded in 1900, Liberty National Life Insurance Company is licensed in 49 states and headquartered in McKinney, Texas. Liberty National provides life and supplemental health insurance to middle-income Americans through individual and worksite sales by captive, contracted insurance sales representatives. Liberty National has local, independently operated offices throughout the United States. Its Agents and Managers actively participate in numerous charitable outreach initiatives throughout the year. Liberty National has more than 3.7 million life and supplemental health insurance policies in force (as of 9/18). For more than 40 consecutive years, Liberty National has earned the A+ (Superior) Financial Strength Rating from A.M. Best Company (as of 7/18). Every year since 1995, Liberty National has been named to the Ward's 50 Life-Health List (as of 7/18). For more about Liberty National, please visit our website at LibertyNational.com. 

A Touch of Gold ... This weekend at Talladega Superspeedway, Liberty National is celebrating RCR's 50th anniversary with a special gold-colored wrap scheme on Hemric's No. 8 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1.

Meet the Driver ... Hemric is scheduled to take part in a fan Q&A session in the new Talladega Garage Experience on Sunday, Oct. 13, starting at 10:15 a.m. local time. 

Richard Childress Racing's Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series history at Talladega Superspeedway ... Richard Childress began his driving career at Talladega Superspeedway in 1969 and is in a tie for the most all-time car owner victories at the storied Alabama-based race track with 12 wins. Dale Earnhardt visited Victory Lane nine times, while Kevin Harvick and Clint Bowyer swept the 2010 events at the 2.66-mile superspeedway. Bowyer added to the Welcome, N.C.-based organization's total by claiming RCR's 100th Cup Series win when NASCAR's senior series visited the facility in October 2011. In 178 starts, RCR also has 5 pole awards, 43 top-five, 71 top-10 finishes and has led 1,843 laps of competition

RCR in the MENCS ... In 2,981 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series starts dating back to 1969, RCR has amassed 51 pole awards,108 wins, 489 top-five finishes and 1,074 top-10 finishes, with an average starting position of 17.8 and an average finishing position of 16.3. 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 Truck Series titles and one ARCA Menards Series title) and was the first organization to win titles in NASCAR's three national series. 

A Celebration of 50 Years ... Help Richard Childress Racing celebrate their golden anniversary at RCR Fan Day at our campus in Welcome, North Carolina on Friday, October 25. The unique, one-day event will include driver/owner autograph sessions, panel discussions with key personnel, a kids' interactive area, pit crew demos, military interaction, shop tours and even a hauler parade to help send off our teams as they head to Martinsville Raceway. Follow RCR's social media channels for updates regarding Fan Day and all 50th Anniversary events.

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 1000Bulbs.com 500 at Talladega Superspeedway will be televised live Sunday, October 13 beginning at 2 p.m. ET on NBC and will be broadcast live on the Motor Racing Network and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.


You had a fifth-place finish at Talladega Superspeedway in April, but it is still a wild-card race. What is the key to success at a track like Talladega, where anything can happen?

"The dynamic of speedway racing over the last three races has really changed with the manufacturers working closely together. We ran fifth there earlier this year, and I feel like that was the first all-in Team Chevy effort in a superspeedway race. That plan was executed to a near perfection, as we put a Chevrolet in Victory Lane and had six of the top-10 finishing positions. I'm sure you will see a lot with each make and manufacturer again this weekend. Whenever we go to the superspeedways, RCR and ECR Engines bring a lot of power and we know we're going to have really strong race cars. We just have to make right adjustments and put ourselves in a position to capitalize. If you can cycle to the front early in the race you have a good shot at maintaining that throughout the day. You have to have good pit stops and do all the things you can do to keep that track position all day. We were fifth there earlier this year, so hopefully we can improve on that and go for the win. This is our last race with Liberty National as the primary partner on the No. 8 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 for the year and they have added some gold to the scheme to honor RCR's 50th anniversary. They've been a great partner all year and we are looking to go out on a high note with them this Sunday."