Race Preview: Food City 500

Race Preview: Food City 500

Daniel Hemric, No. 8 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1


Food City 500

Race Notes & Quotes

Sunday, April 7, 2019

Bristol Motor Speedway

151 Speedway Blvd, Bristol, TN

Laps: 500
Miles: 266
Track Size: 0.533 miles
Start: 2:00 p.m. ET

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Daniel Hemric and the No. 8 Caterpillar/Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 at Bristol Motor Speedway ... Hemric will be making his first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series start at Bristol Motor Speedway. The 2019 Sunoco Rookie of the Year contender has four NASCAR Xfinity Series starts at the 'World's Fastest Half-Mile,' earning two top-five and three top-10 finishes with 69 laps led. Hemric also has two NASCAR Truck Series starts at Bristol, scoring two top-five finishes.

About Caterpillar ... For over 90 years, we've stood side by side with the people who are doing the work to build our roads, parks and skyscrapers. From class-leading products to technology and support services, Caterpillar is your partner in building a better world. Caterpillar is the world's leading manufacturer of construction and mining equipment, diesel and natural gas engines, industrial gas turbines and diesel-electric locomotives. The company principally operates through its three primary segments - Construction Industries, Resource Industries and Energy & Transportation - and also provides financing and related services through its Financial Products segment. For more information, visit caterpillar.com. To connect with us on social media, visit caterpillar.com/social-media.

About Bass Pro Shops ... Bass Pro Shops is North America's premier outdoor and conservation company. Founded in 1972 when avid young angler Johnny Morris began selling tackle out of his father's liquor store in Springfield, Missouri, today the company provides customers with unmatched offerings spanning premier destination retail, outdoor equipment manufacturing, world-class resort destinations and more. In 2017 Bass Pro Shops acquired Cabela's to create a "best-of-the-best" experience with superior products, dynamic locations and outstanding customer service. Bass Pro Shops also operates White River Marine Group, offering an unsurpassed collection of industry-leading boat brands, and Big Cedar Lodge, America's Premier Wilderness Resort. Under the visionary conservation leadership of Johnny Morris, Bass Pro Shops is a national leader in protecting habitat and introducing families to the outdoors and has been named by Forbes as "one of America's Best Employers." Bass Pro Shops has a long relationship with NASCAR, dating back to 1998. For more information, visit http://www.basspro.com/.

Meet the Driver ... Fans will have multiple opportunities to meet Hemric in the Bristol area during the upcoming race weekend. He is scheduled to take part in a live question-and-answer session, plus fan interaction during NASCAR Trackside Live presented by SYMBICORT(budesonide/formoterol fumarate dehydrate), in the Bristol Motor Speedway Fan Zone, next to the famed Bristol Elevator Tower outside Turn 2 on Saturday, April 6, starting at 10:15 a.m. Eastern Time. The session will also be streamed live on NASCAR.com. That evening, Hemric is scheduled to sign autographs at the Cabela's located at 361 Cabela Dr, Bristol, VA 24202, starting at 6 p.m. Eastern Time. Hemric is also scheduled to sign autographs at the RCR merchandise hauler in the Bristol fan zone on Sunday, April 7, starting at 10:20 a.m. local time.

Richard Childress Racing's Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series history at Bristol Motor Speedway ... In 171 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series starts at Bristol Motor Speedway, Richard Childress Racing boasts nine wins - seven with Dale Earnhardt, one with Kevin Harvick and one with Jeff Burton - three pole awards, 34 top-five and 69 top-10 finishes.  The Welcome, N.C.-based organization has led 3,680 laps at the "World's Fastest Half-Mile."

RCR in the MENCS ... In 2,934 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series starts dating back to 1969, RCR has amassed 48 pole awards,108 wins, 488 top-five finishes and 1,068 top-10 finishes, with an average starting position of 17.8 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 Food City 500 will be televised live Sunday, April 7 beginning at 2 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 1 and will be broadcast live on the Performance Racing Network and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.


As a former short-track racer, how excited are you to get to Bristol Motor Speedway for the first time in a Cup Series car? 

"I am pumped to get to Bristol Motor Speedway. That will be one of the longest races of my life - from what everyone tells me. With this new package in place, we're going to be extremely fast. I feel like the lap times are going to be much faster than they were in the past. There is just a little bit of an unknown going into the weekend. I think that will make tire fall-off worse than what we've had there in the past, because of what we're asking out of the tires. The racetrack could get even wider quicker. You always have the variable of how much they spray the bottom groove with the traction compound and how long that lasts. With the corner speeds being so fast, that compound may give up even quicker. There will be a lot going on, but it will be awesome to experience Bristol as a Cup Series driver with Caterpillar and Bass Pro Shops on the side of the No. 8 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1."

You have had some strong runs at Bristol Motor Speedway in the Xfinity and Truck Series. Can that relate to the Cup Series this weekend?

"I have always loved going to Bristol Motor Speedway. We had a right rear wheel issue late in the race last August in the Xfinity Series race, but someone told me we averaged a fifth-place finish up until that point. I like Bristol and feel like I have always had a pretty good idea about what I need out of the car balance-wise. When we get there this weekend, hopefully we can tune on it and keep up with it as the race goes."