Race Preview: Delaware 400

Race Preview: Delaware 400

Daniel Hemric, No. 8 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1


Delaware 400

Race Notes & Quotes

Sunday, May 5, 2019

Dover International Speedway

1131 N Dupont Hwy, Dover, DE

Laps: 400
Miles: 400
Track Size: 1.0 miles
Start: 2:00 p.m. ET

Dover International Speedway Dover International Speedway

Daniel Hemric and the No. 8 Caterpillar Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 at Dover International Speedway ... Hemric will be making his first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series start at Dover International Speedway in this weekend's 400-mile event. The Kannapolis, North Carolina, native recorded an average start of 6.2, including one pole award, and an average finish of 6.8 in four NASCAR Xfinity Series starts. He has also made two NASCAR Truck Series starts at the one-mile speedway, earning an average finish of 6.5. 

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Review Mirror: Talladega ... Hemric and the No. 8 team had their best race of the 2019 season so far at Talladega Superspeedway. The Caterpillar team qualified fifth and then earned a fifth-place finish, which was a career-best for  rookie Hemric.

Watch the Xfinity Series Race with Daniel Hemric ... Hemric will join NASCAR Hall of Fame driver Jeff Gordon, FOX Sports pit reporters Jamie Little, Vince Welch and Alan Cavanna for the second 'Watch Us Watch NASCAR' live event hosted on the @Xfinity Twitter account on Saturday, May 4, starting at 1:30 p.m. ET. Fans are encouraged to interact with Hemric and the other guests during the broadcast using the social media hashtag #WatchUsWatchNASCAR.

Meet the Driver ... Fans will have the opportunity to meet the driver of the No. 8 Caterpillar Chevrolet at the RCR merchandise hauler in the Dover International Speedway fan midway on Sunday, May 5 at 10:30 a.m. ET.

Richard Childress Racing at Dover International Speedway ... RCR has earned four Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series wins at Dover International Speedway, the last win was in September 2006 when Jeff Burton drove the No. 31 Chevrolet to Victory Lane. Three additional victories came with Dale Earnhardt behind the wheel, including both events at the Monster Mile in 1989 as well as the spring race in 1993. RCR has also earned one pole award, 24 top-five and 57 top-10 finishes in 171 combined starts at the high-banked, one-mile oval. Childress, a former driver in NASCAR's top division, contributed three of those top 10s from 1976-1980.

RCR in the MENCS ... In 2,940 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series starts dating back to 1969, RCR has amassed 49 pole awards,108 wins, 489 top-five finishes and 1,069 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. 

#RCR50 ... Richard Childress Racing celebrates it's 50th Anniversary in 2019. Follow our social channels season-long to join in the celebration.

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 Dover 400 will be televised live Sunday, May 5 beginning at 2 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 1 and will be broadcast live on the Motor Racing Network and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.


Dover International Speedway looks like a larger version of Bristol Motor Speedway. Does Dover drive at all like Bristol and is there anything you can carry over from the Bristol race in April?

"Yes and no. Dover has some tendencies that correlate, but it is also its own animal. Dover features some of the most constant loads and speeds we carry throughout a run. Bristol tends to rubber up more and changes a lot over the course of a run. Dover does the same, but they just do it in two totally different ways. It is fun because it is challenging. You can overlay some of the things you do as a driver but in the grand scheme of things you have to have a different package for Dover than you do at Bristol to go there and be successful." 

How do you feel this new aero package will impact the handling and feel during this weekend's events at Dover? 

"It is going to be extremely fast and we're going to experience a ton of load with this package this weekend at Dover. I know that is what all of us at RCR are preparing ourselves for - that's what we feel is going to be the case. Austin Dillon was able to take part in the Goodyear tire test there a few weeks ago, so we have a lot of good notes and data to go off of heading into the weekend. Talking with Austin about what he learned, it seems that once the tires get hot and rubber is laid down, the handling tendencies are just sped up and magnified because the speeds are so high. Just like all racers will say, we need to be better when we show up there on Friday for practice than we were at the test. I believe this package is going to be really fast and really crazy from the driver's seat."