Race Preview: South Point 400

Race Preview: South Point 400

Daniel Hemric, No. 8 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1


South Point 400

Race Notes & Quotes

Sunday, September 15, 2019

Las Vegas Motor Speedway

7000 N Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV

Laps: 267
Miles: 400
Track Size: 1.5 miles
Start: 7:00 p.m. ET

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Daniel Hemric and the No. 8 Cessna Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway ... Hemric will be making his second Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series start at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in this weekend's South Point 400. The Kannapolis, North Carolina, native started fifth and finished 23rd in his first Cup start at the 1.5-mile track earlier this year. He also has three NASCAR Xfinity Series starts at LVMS. 

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Richard Childress Racing's Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series History at Las Vegas Motor Speedway ... In 66 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series starts at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Richard Childress Racing Chevrolets have earned 10 top-five and 21 top-10 finishes.

RCR in the MENCS ... In 2,973 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series starts dating back to 1969, RCR has amassed 51 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 is 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 Raceway. 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 South Point 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway will be televised live Sunday, September 15, beginning at 7 p.m. ET on NBC Sports Network and will be broadcast live on the Performance Racing Network and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.


What was your main takeaway from your first Cup Series start at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in March

"I never got to run the old Phoenix where it was slick and worn out and all that stuff. I look at it and I'm not a huge fan of smashing the gas pedal as soon as you get back to throttle, but over time I've found that when the place gets really hot it does drive like a short track in the sense that your car is moving around. You can chase the things you grew up racing with balance wise and changes to the cars and it can help you and you can apply it to how you race Phoenix. I'm still on the fence a little bit on how I feel about it, but in the grand scheme of things it drives like a short track." 

The Start/Finish Line was moved to a different location on the track for the November race at ISM Raceway. How did that impact the racing at Phoenix?

"The biggest thing we were able to take away from the March race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway was that we approached that place not very effectively. We really struggled in the race. We had a lot of speed by ourselves but could not really use it in the race. It is always fun to go to Las Vegas. I have inherited a lot of the Gaughan family fans and have a lot of support from the Gaughan family and everyone at the South Point Hotel, Casino & Spa, so it has really felt like home there over the past few years. So, I'm looking forward to going back there this weekend to enjoy that experience, but also to take what we learned in March as a race team and organization and apply it to the No. 8 Cessna Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 in this weekend's race. We may not be in the Playoffs, but we still have our goals of going out, contending for race wins and running better at these tracks than we did earlier in the year, plus winning that Rookie of the Year title at the end of the season.."