Race Preview: Chicagoland 400

Race Preview: Chicagoland 400

Daniel Hemric, No. 8 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1


Chicagoland 400

Race Notes & Quotes

Sunday, June 30, 2019

Chicagoland Speedway

500 Speedway Blvd, Joliet, IL

Laps: 267
Miles: 400
Track Size: 1.5 miles
Start: 3:00 p.m. ET

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Daniel Hemric and the No. 8 Liberty National Life Insurance Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 at Chicagoland Speedway ... Hemric will be making his first NASCAR Cup Series start at Chicagoland Speedway during this weekend's 267-lap event. The Kannapolis, North Carolina, native has two previous NASCAR Xfinity Series starts at the 1.5-mile speedway, earning two top-five finishes. Hemric also has two NASCAR Truck Series starts at Chicagoland Speedway, finishing second in 2016. 

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Meet the Press ... Hemric is scheduled to meet with members of the NASCAR media on Saturday, June 29, starting at 12:30 p.m. local time in the Chicagoland Speedway media center. 

Meet the Driver ... Hemric is scheduled to take part in a BBQ Cooking Challenge with Paul Menard on Friday, June 28, starting at 5:30 p.m. local time in Champion's Park. The event is for Chicagoland Speedway season ticket holders. Hemric is also scheduled to sign autographs at the RCR merchandise hauler in the Chicagoland Speedway fan zone on Saturday, June 29, starting at 11:30 a.m. local time.

Richard Childress Racing's Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series history at Chicagoland Speedway ... Richard Childress Racing has two victories at Chicagoland Speedway with Kevin Harvick's back-to-back wins in 2001 and 2002. In 56 starts at the 1.5-mile suburban Chicago tri-oval, Richard Childress Racing teams have a combined 10 top-five, 19 top-10 finishes and one pole award with Jeff Burton in 2006.

RCR in the MENCS ... In 2,953 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series starts dating back to 1969, RCR has amassed 50 pole awards,108 wins, 489 top-five finishes and 1,071 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. 

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 Chicagoland 400 at Chicagoland Speedway will be televised live Sunday, June 30 beginning at 3 p.m. ET on NBC Sports Network and will be broadcast live on the Motor Racing Network and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.


Chicagoland Speedway is one of the most unique mile-and-a-half tracks we race at since the back straightaway is not actually straight. Do you notice that behind the wheel of the car while racing there?

"You notice the backstretch is not actually straight at Chicagoland Speedway, and it affects you from a positive standpoint because you have more racetrack to use on the exit of the corner than the perception gives you. It is also easy to get caught off guard when you are tucked behind someone drafting. They turn into the corner and then next thing you know you are dragging the right side of the car along the wall. It changes some of what you do, but Chicagoland Speedway is just so much fun when you are sitting in the driver seat. I have had that race circled on my calendar for a while and hopefully we can go there and put on a good show with our No. 8 Liberty National Life Insurance Chevrolet Camaro ZL1.."

Is there anything you can take from Kansas Speedway and apply it to this weekend's race at Chicagoland Speedway? 

"You can take small things you learned at Kansas and apply them at Chicagoland Speedway, but with this package there is going to be a bigger difference between the two tracks because of the grip level. Chicagoland is starting to get worn out and so slick and so rough that you just have to approach it differently. I feel like we had a few different packages as a company at Kansas that we can collectively pull together and be strong when we unload in Chicago."