Race Preview: Federated Auto Parts 400

Race Preview: Federated Auto Parts 400

Daniel Hemric, No. 8 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1


Federated Auto Parts 400

Race Notes & Quotes

Saturday, September 21, 2019

Richmond Raceway

600 E Laburnum Ave, Richmond, VA

Laps: 400
Miles: 300
Track Size: 0.75 miles
Start: 7:30 p.m. ET

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Daniel Hemric and the No. 8 Caterpillar Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 at Richmond Raceway ... Hemric will be making his third NASCAR Cup Series start at Richmond Raceway in this weekend's 400-lap event. The Kannapolis, North Carolina, native made his first Cup Series start at Richmond Raceway in 2018 and has a best finish of 19th, which came earlier this season.  

Meet the Press ... Hemric is scheduled to meet with members of the NASCAR media on Friday, Sept. 20, starting at 3:15 p.m. local time in the Richmond Raceway media center. 

About Carter Machinery ... Carter Machinery has served Virginia and southern West Virginia for more than 90 years, dating back to our days as Virginia Tractor Company. What was once an operation with three stores has grown into a network of 16 locations and over 1,300 employees. We pride ourselves on not only offering premium products that make your business more successful, but, most importantly, by providing support that's second to none. Whether you're an owner / operator or have a full fleet of equipment, you can rely on Carter to provide you with timely parts and service support to maximize your uptime, keeping you on-the-job - and under budget.

Richard Childress Racing's Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series history at Richmond Raceway ... Richard Childress has nine Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series victories as a car owner at Richmond Raceway - five with Dale Earnhardt, three with Kevin Harvick and one with Clint Bowyer. Additionally, in 173 starts at the Richmond, Va.-based track, RCR drivers have claimed 37 top-five and 71 top-10 finishes. Childress, a former driver on NASCAR's senior circuit, contributed three of those top-10 finishes from 1976-1978. 

RCR in the MENCS ... In 2,975 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series starts dating back to 1969, RCR has amassed 50 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 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 Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond Raceway will be televised live Saturday, September 21 beginning at 7:30 p.m. ET on NBC Sports Network and will be broadcast live on the Motor Racing Network and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.


How do you approach this weekend's race at Richmond Raceway and improve on your 19th-place finish there in April? 

"Richmond Raceway is one of my absolute favorite racetracks. I love going to that place. It is really slick and worn out. There is really a lot of opportunity to work on your car to get mechanical grip and the things that we don't get to focus on at a lot of the racetracks we go to with this current package. Because of that, there is a lot of opportunity to have a good short-run car or a good long-run car, or to find that happy medium. Austin Dillon and the No. 3 team had a great run there in April - really, his last two runs at Richmond have been very, very solid. We had a different approach with the No. 8 team, but they have had repeated success and when you have repeated success that doesn't happen by accident. We will definitely lean on a lot of their notes going into this weekend's race and hope for the best with this No. 8 Caterpillar Chevrolet team. Richmond is a track that I have had circled since we left there in April, knowing what we did well and what we didn't then and capitalizing on that to improve our results. I'm pumped. I can't wait to get there this weekend."