Race Preview: Pocono 400

Race Preview: Pocono 400

Daniel Hemric, No. 8 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1


Pocono 400

Race Notes & Quotes

Sunday, June 2, 2019

Pocono Raceway

1234 Long Pond Rd, Long Pond, PA

Laps: 160
Miles: 400
Track Size: 2.5 miles
Start: 2:00 p.m. ET

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Daniel Hemric and the No. 8 Kalahari Resorts & Conventions Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 at Pocono Raceway ... Hemric will be making his first NASCAR Cup Series start at Pocono Raceway during this weekend's 400-mile event. The Kannapolis, North Carolina, native made two NASCAR Xfinity Series starts at the 'Tricky Triangle,' recording an average start of 6.5 and an average finish of 6.0 in those two starts. He also has one top-10 finish in two NASCAR Truck Series starts at Pocono.

About Kalahari Resorts & Conventions ... The Pocono Mountains resort's 220,000-square-foot indoor waterpark features thrilling rides and slides, a wave pool and lazy river, specially designed kids' play areas and adult swim-up bars. Beyond the waterpark, the resort welcomes race fans with nearly 1,000 guest rooms and suites and dry-play activities like Gorilla Grove, with an aerial treetop ropes course, quad zip lines and a new 36-hole mini golf course. An indoor Family Entertainment Center features the latest and greatest in arcade games, the virtual reality sensation The Arena, escape rooms, laser tag, bowling and more. Guests can take a break for a meal at one of the delicious on-site, full-service signature dining experiences - Double Cut Charcoal Grill, Sortino's Italian Kitchen and B-Lux Grill and Bar - and relax at the world-class Spa Kalahari and Salon.

Mayfair May Fair ... Hemric is scheduled to take part in the Mayfair Grand Prix hosted by the Urban Youth Racing School in the Mayfair area of Philadelphia on Saturday, June 1, starting at 4 p.m. He will be one of the many celebrity guests that will take part in a charity go-kart race that will take place on a street course near Cottman Ave and Frankford Ave in Philadelphia. 

Meet the Driver ... Fans have multiple opportunities to meet the driver of the No. 8 Kalahari Resorts & Conventions Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 this weekend at Pocono Raceway. The Sunoco Rookie of the Year contender is scheduled to sign autographs at the RCR merchandise hauler in the fan zone on Saturday, June 1, starting at 10 a.m. ET. He is also scheduled to make an appearance at the Tricky Triangle Club with team owner Richard Childress on Sunday, June 2, starting at 10:45 a.m. ET.

Richard Childress Racing at Pocono Raceway ... In 161 starts at Pocono Raceway, RCR team owner Richard Childress has two wins, both with Dale Earnhardt, who won on July 19, 1987 and July 18, 1993. Additionally, RCR has earned one pole award, 16 top-five and 55 top-10 finishes with 610 laps led at the uniquely-shaped three-turn track. Childress, a former driver in NASCAR's top division, contributed two of those top-10 finishes under the RCR banner.

RCR in the MENCS ... In 2,947 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series starts dating back to 1969, RCR has amassed 50 pole awards,108 wins, 489 top-five finishes and 1,071 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 Pocono 400 at Pocono Raceway will be televised live Sunday, June 2 beginning at 2 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 1 and will be broadcast live on the Motor Racing Network and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.


What are your expectations headed to Pocono Raceway for your first Cup Series start at the 'Tricky Triangle'?

"Pocono Raceway is a place I love to race. It is such a unique and challenging track, but one that puts on a good show for the fans and a fun time for the competitors. I had a couple of solid runs there in the Xfinity Series and hope to continue that this weekend in my Cup debut. My crew chief Luke Lambert has already told me he feels confident in the setup we are bringing to the track, so hopefully we can go out there and make a big splash with this great-looking No. 8 Kalahari Resorts & Conventions Chevrolet Camaro ZL1. Pocono has produced a lot of first-time winners in the past, so our goal is to go there and do our jobs to put ourselves in a position to have a shot at the win at the end of the day."

What does it mean to have Kalahari Resorts and Conventions on your No. 8 Chevrolet for this weekend with this being their fourth season as a partner of RCR's?

"Over the past couple of years, my wife and I have been able to enjoy all of the perks that go along with having a partnership with Kalahari Resorts & Conventions. Throughout the Pocono race weekends, we would rush from the track once I was done with my on-track responsibilities to get to Kalahari, enjoy their amazing restaurants, do some shopping and then have fun in America's largest indoor waterpark. The vibe in the Cup Series garage is always so tense and focused, but it is always great to see the RCR crew guys thrash to finish their work at the track to get to the Kalahari, let loose and run around like a bunch of young kids. We are eager to get back there this weekend to not only go for the win on the track with Kalahari on our No. 8 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1, but also have a good time and enjoy some team building at the park."