Race Preview: Bank of America Roval 400

Race Preview: Bank of America Roval 400

Daniel Hemric, No. 8 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1


Bank of America Roval 400

Race Notes & Quotes

Sunday, September 29, 2019

Charlotte Motor Speedway

5555 Concord Pkwy S, Concord, NC

Laps: 109
Miles: 248.5
Track Size: 2.28 miles
Start: 2:30 p.m. ET

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Daniel Hemric and the No. 8 Cat Next Gen Excavators Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 at the Charlotte Motor Speedway ROVAL ... Hemric will be making his second Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series start on the Charlotte Motor Speedway road course during this weekend's 109-lap event. The Kannapolis, North Carolina, native made his second-career Cup Series start at the ROVAL in 2018, starting 11th and finishing 23rd after being involved in the day's largest incident. 

About Cat Next Gen Excavators ... The 306CR Next Gen Excavator featured on RCR's No. 8 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 is the latest in the revolutionary new line of Caterpillar excavators that are changing the earthmoving industry. The car design features the names of dozens of customers on the decklid that inspired our new machines that provide customers with industry first features such as stick steer control, as well as huge productivity advantages and significantly lower owning and operating costs. Additionally, the hood of the car features the iconic Cat logo that includes over 300 names of the customers and dealers and Cat team members that inspired and created the Next Gen Excavators which provide the first true differentiation in excavators in decades.

Visit Caterpillar's 'In The Trenches' Mobile Road Show ... The new Caterpillar 'In The Trenches' mobile road show will be set up in the Charlotte Motor Speedway Fan Zone throughout the weekend and is open for fans to walk through the experience to learn all about the new Next Gen Mini Excavators, enjoy demo stations, immersive theater experience, fun, games, talk with Caterpillar representatives and try your hand operating the new Cat Next Gen Mini Excavators on the slalom course or in the cab tilt competitions. Media are invited to tour the Caterpillar 'In The Trenches' mobile road show on Friday, Sept. 27, starting at 10 a.m. local time. Charlotte Motor Speedway is scheduled to provide transportation from infield media center. The No. 8 pit crew is scheduled to interact with fans at the 'In The Trenches' mobile road show on Saturday, Sept. 28, starting at 11 a.m. local time. 

Meet the Driver ... Hemric is scheduled to be at the RCR merchandise trailer in the Charlotte Motor Speedway Fan Zone for an autograph session on Saturday, Sept. 28, starting at 12:40 p.m. local time. He will also be making an appearance at the Charlotte Motor Speedway Paddock Club at 1:10 p.m. local time that same afternoon. Hemric will also be at the Caterpillar 'In The Trenches' mobile road show for a Q&A session on Sunday, Sept. 29, starting at 10:50 a.m. local time. 

Richard Childress Racing's Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series history at the Charlotte ROVAL... In three previous Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series starts at the Charlotte Motor Speedway ROVAL, Richard Childress Racing's best finish is 11th. 

RCR in the MENCS ... In 2,977 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 17.7 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 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 Speedway. 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 Bank of America ROVAL 400 at Charlotte Motor Speedway will be televised live Sunday, September 29, beginning at 2:30 p.m. ET on NBC and will be broadcast live on the Performance Racing Network and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.


What can you take from your experience running both the NASCAR Xfinity Series and Cup Series events at the Charlotte ROVAL last year and apply to this weekend's race? 

"I thought we had a pretty good shot to win last year's Xfinity Series race at the ROVAL, but I wheel-hopped coming through the final chicane, had to serve a stop-and-go penalty and still came back to finish 10th. We were fast all weekend with the Cup car last year as well. We were running inside the top 10 late in the race but were caught up in that melee into Turn 1 and that hurt the overall result at the end of the day. Anytime you're racing in front of your hometown it is special. The track has implemented the new backstretch chicane, and from what I can tell it is way slower than what was there for last year's race. It seems to be very slow and very technical. That is going to change things up a lot this year. It will change everyone's gear ratios, the approach to that part of the track, and I feel like it will become a valuable passing zone. Last year, it was kind of like a life-or-death decision to make a pass through there - which made it fun for the drivers and exciting for the fans. This year, you will need to be more patient and have more technique to not only get through that section of the track but to make passes there. I'm pumped to get there, I'm pumped to carry this amazing Cat Next Gen Excavator scheme on our No. 8 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1, and I'm pumped to see what we can do."