Race Preview: Big Machine Vodka 400

Race Preview: Big Machine Vodka 400

Daniel Hemric, No. 8 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1


Big Machine Vodka 400 at the Brickyard

Race Notes & Quotes

Sunday, September 8, 2019

Indianapolis Motor Speedway

4790 W 16th St, Indianapolis, IN

Laps: 160
Miles: 400
Track Size: 2.5 miles
Start: 2:00 p.m. ET

Indianapolis Motor Speedway Indianapolis Motor Speedway

Daniel Hemric and the No. 8 Liberty National Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway ... Hemric will be making his first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series start at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in this weekend's Brickyard 400. The Kannapolis, North Carolina, native has two NASCAR Xfinity Series starts at IMS, recording one top-five and two top-10 finishes, with 26 laps led. In those two Xfinity Series starts, Hemric recorded an average start of 10.5 and an average finish of 6.5. 

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Meet the Driver ... Hemric is scheduled to take part in a series of activities with kids during the Indianapolis Motor Speedway hauler parade on Friday, Sept. 6, starting at 6:30 p.m. local time. Hemric will be paired with a team of kids to take on Brad Keselowski and his team of kids in a series of fun and engaging activities. 

Richard Childress Racing at Indianapolis Motor Speedway ... In 69 previous Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series starts at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Richard Childress Racing has posted two pole awards (Kevin Harvick in 2003 and Jeff Burton in 2006), three wins (Dale Earnhardt in 1995, Harvick in 2003 and Paul Menard in 2011), 12 top-five and 28 top-10 finishes. RCR Chevrolets have also been atop the leaderboard for a total of 268.

RCR in the MENCS ... In 2,971 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 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. 

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 is 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 Big Machine Vodka 400 at the Brickyard will be televised live Sunday, September 8 beginning at 2 p.m. ET on NBC and will be broadcast live on the Performance Racing Network and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.


What is the biggest difference you expect to find between the Xfinity Series car and the Cup Series car for your first start in the Brickyard 400? 

"The team that does the best job of figuring out this aerodynamic package and how to be effective in traffic will excel. We had a similar package with the Xfinity Series cars last year at Indy, but it wasn't quite as receptive to the aero wake that we find with these Cup cars. You can be a little more aggressive about how close in line you can run with other cars. That has been a little bit of a hurdle for us, in particular. I really believe, truly, that we're making gains and helping our race cars on all aspects when it comes to that. I look forward to making my first start in the Brickyard 400. Indianapolis Motor Speedway is such a prestigious place. I remember as a kid, in the mid-1990s, watching NASCAR go there for the first time, Jeff Gordon winning the first race and Dale Earnhardt winning the second go around. Those are some of my fondest memories as a kid watching NASCAR. It is going to be really special to be part of that event for the first time." 

Richard Childress is driving the Chevrolet pace car this weekend for the Brickyard 400. What is that going to mean to have him to lead the field to green?

"Hopefully we can be on the front row with one of our RCR Chevy's to bump draft his Camaro ZL1, that would be pretty special. For him being part of one of the first NASCAR races ran there to now myself driving the No. 8 car and obviously his grandson (Austin Dillon), that would be pretty special if we sat on the front row to mess with him. It's cool to see NASCAR put it in Richard's hands like that let him go have some fun and enjoy his 50 years in the sport. You can tell he's pretty pumped about it and I look forward to it."