Race Preview: Coke Zero Sugar 400

Race Preview: Coke Zero Sugar 400

Daniel Hemric, No. 8 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1


Coke Zero Sugar 400

Race Notes & Quotes

Saturday, July 6, 2019

Daytona International Speedway

1801 W International Speedway Blvd, Daytona Beach, FL

Laps: 160
Miles: 400
Track Size: 2.5 miles
Start: 7:30 p.m. ET

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Daniel Hemric and the No. 8 Cessna Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 at Daytona International Speedway ... Hemric will be making his second Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series start at Daytona International Speedway during this weekend's 400-mile event. The Kannapolis, North Carolina, native finished 34th in the Daytona 500 after being involved in one of the event's large wrecks. Hemric also scored his career-best finish of fifth at Talladega Superspeedway in April with the current rules package that will be run this weekend at Daytona. 

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4th of July @DISUpdates Instagram Takeover ... Follow @DISUpdates on Instagram on Thursday, July 4 as Hemric takes over the account to give you a behind-the-scenes look at his day practicing the No. 8 Cessna Chevrolet Camaro ZL1. 

Meet the Driver ... Hemric is scheduled to sign autographs at the RCR merchandise hauler in the Daytona International Speedway fan midway area behind the main grandstands on Saturday, July 6, starting at 3:15 p.m. local time. He is also scheduled to be at the Team Chevy display in the fan midway the same day, starting at 3:45 p.m. local time. 

Richard Childress Racing in the NASCAR Xfinity Series at Daytona International Speedway ... In 94 Series starts at the 2.5-mile speedway, RCR has captured six victories with drivers Dale Earnhardt Jr. (2002 and 2010), Kevin Harvick (2007), Clint Bowyer (2009), Tony Stewart (2013) and Austin Dillon (2015). The Welcome, N.C., organization has completed 10,262 laps of the 10,606 (96.8 percent) that they have competed. RCR has accumulated eight pole awards, 33 top-five and 52 top-10 finishes, led 691 laps and averages a starting position of 10.8 and finishing position of 12.8.

Welcome back, Joe Graf Jr. ... Joe Graf Jr. will be making one of his select starts for RCR in the No. 21 Chevrolet Camaro this weekend at Daytona.

NASCAR Salutes ... This weekend the No. 2 and No. 21 RCR Chevrolet Camaros will have active military units displayed across their windshield headers in place of the drivers' names, as part of the NASCAR Xfinity Series' salute to the military.

Chicagoland Review ... Tyler Reddick and the No. 2 team finished ninth during last weekend's Xfinity Series race at Chicagoland Speedway.

The Points ... Tyler Reddick remains the current Xfinity Series points leader.

Social Media ... To keep up with the latest updates from RCR's Xfinity Series teams, follow @RCRracing and @RCRNXS on Twitter. Updates can also be found via RCR's Facebook Page and Instagram (@RCRracing).

Catch the Action ... Coverage of this week's Circle K Firecracker 250 Powered by Coca-Cola at Daytona International Speedway will be televised live on Friday, July 5, beginning at 7:30 p.m. Eastern Time on NBCSN. It will also be broadcast live on the Motor Racing Network and SiriusXM NASCAR Satellite Radio, channel 90.


This is going to be the first time racing this package at Daytona International Speedway. What do you expect?

"I think we'll see some of what we saw at Talladega Superspeedway in April again. I think you'll see a lot more of the teams and their manufacturers working closer together, especially with Chevrolet. The handling is going to be so much more critical. You need to have handling at Talladega Superspeedway, but nowhere near what you have to have at Daytona International Speedway."

You've run well at Daytona International Speedway in the past. Do you look at this weekend as your chance to get a win?

"I definitely think the opportunity is greater. I think what we did at Talladega and speedway racing in general has never really been a huge strong suit for me, so it's good to kind of get my feet on the ground."