Race Preview: O'Reilly Auto Parts 500

Race Preview: O'Reilly Auto Parts 500

Daniel Hemric, No. 8 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1


O'Reilly Auto Parts 500

Race Notes & Quotes

Sunday, March 31, 2019

Texas Motor Speedway

3545 Lone Star Cir, Fort Worth, TX

Laps: 334
Miles: 501
Track Size: 1.5 miles
Start: 3:00 p.m. ET

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Daniel Hemric and the No. 8 Bulwark FR/Wayne Workwear Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 at Texas Motor Speedway ... This weekend, Hemric will be making his first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series start at Texas Motor Speedway. The 2019 Sunoco Rookie of the Year contender has four NASCAR Xfinity Series starts at the 1.5-mile track, earning one top-five and two top-10 finishes, with 81 laps led. Hemric also recorded an average start of 4.2 and an average finish of 9.0 in four NASCAR Truck Series starts at Texas. 

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Meet the Press ... Hemric is scheduled to meet with the NASCAR media on Friday, March 29, starting at 3:55 p.m. Local Time in the Texas Motor Speedway media center. 

Richard Childress Racing at Texas Motor Speedway ... In 107 starts at Texas Motor Speedway dating back to 1997, RCR has recorded one win (Jeff Burton, April 2007), eight top-five and 32 top-10 finishes with drivers Burton, Clint Bowyer, Dale Earnhardt, Kevin Harvick, Jeff Green, Paul Menard, Ryan Newman and Austin Dillon. Prior to Texas Motor Speedway's inaugural season in 1997, Richard Childress, a former driver in NASCAR's top division, earned a pair of top-10 finishes at the now defunct Texas World Speedway in College Station, Texas. RCR Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series teams boast an average starting position of 19.3, an average finishing position of 17.6 and have completed 34,609 of the 35,693 contested laps (97 percent) with 148 laps led at the 1.5-mile Fort Worth-based race track.

RCR in the MENCS ... In 2,932 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 O'Reilly Auto Parts 500 will be televised live Sunday, March 31 beginning at 3 p.m. ET on FOX and will be broadcast live on the Performance Racing Network and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio. 


How difficult is it to find the balance at Texas Motor Speedway since the reconfiguration has made two completely different corners? 

"It is extremely difficult to find the balance at Texas. With the new aero package that we have, I believe it may be a bit easier to do that, but there are still a lot of challenges. Turns 1 and 2 are very flat, the backstretch is very fast, and you're carrying so much speed in Turns 3 and 4 that the balance kind of is what it is. You really have to be able to get back to the throttle and carry a lot of speed through Turns 1 and 2 to have good lap times. If you can't, it makes for a long day. I've been there with the RCR Xfinity Series cars when we keyed in on what we needed and had success. Sometimes we didn't always get the finish, but boy did we have the speed and driveability we needed. I am really looking forward to this weekend's race in Texas with Bulwark FR and Wayne Workwear on the No. 8 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1. I'm looking forward to the challenge, because it is risk versus reward - and it can be very rewarding when you get it right." 

Is there anything you can take from Las Vegas to apply to Texas, especially since the new aero package was used there earlier this year? 

"I don't believe you can carry a whole lot over from Las Vegas to prepare for the race at Texas. There are some small things in the speed versus handling aspect of things. Texas is its own animal, but it is still mile-and-a-half racing. Air is still going to be something that everybody is going to try to find. The key will be to make our Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 versatile and have the maneuverability built into it so you can get away from everybody and find your own clean racetrack."