Race Preview: Richmond 400

Race Preview: Richmond 400

Daniel Hemric, No. 8 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1


Richmond 400

Race Notes & Quotes

Saturday, April 13, 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 Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 at Richmond Raceway ... Hemric will return to the site of his Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series debut for his second start at Richmond Raceway. Hemric completed 99.3 percent of the laps in his debut on April 21, 2018. In four NASCAR Xfinity Series starts at the Virginia short track, Hemric has an average start of 4.8, average finish of 9.8, a total of 85 laps led and one pole award.

Meet the Driver ... Fans will have the opportunity to meet the driver of the No. 8 Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 at the RCR merchandise hauler for an autograph session on Saturday, April 13, starting at 3:15 p.m. ET. The first 50 fans to purchase an RCR-related item will receive a wristband for the autograph session. 

Meet the Press ... Hemric is scheduled to meet with members of the NASCAR media corps during an availability session at the Richmond Raceway media center on Friday, April 12, starting at 3 p.m. ET. 

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/.

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 171 starts at the Richmond, Va.-based track, RCR drivers have claimed 37 top-five and 70 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 2,936 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 Richmond 400 will be televised live Saturday, April 13 beginning at 7:30 p.m. ET on FOX and will be broadcast live on the Motor Racing Network and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.


You have a strong record in the Xfinity Series at Richmond Raceway and made your Cup debut there last April. Where does that track rank for you and what does it take to be successful there? 

"For me, you just chase grip at Richmond Raceway. Front grip, rear grip, overall grip is king. There is something that I have found there over the last few time races that have caused us to not necessarily qualify well, but really comes on 20-30 laps into the run. It will be key to find that early in the weekend and maintain that throughout the weekend and Saturday night's race. With this new package, it is going to be a challenge to get back to the gas and have good forward drive off the corners. If we can get that feeling I'm looking for, Richmond is my personal favorite track on the schedule that we go to and hopefully when we get there this weekend, we can start to turn some of this bad luck around and have a solid day with the No. 8 Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet.