Race Preview: TicketGuardian 500

Race Preview: TicketGuardian 500

Daniel Hemric, No. 8 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1


TicketGuardian 500

Race Notes & Quotes

Sunday, March 10, 2019

ISM Raceway

7602 S Avondale Blvd, Avondale, AZ

Laps: 312
Miles: 312
Track Size: 1.0 miles
Start: 3:30 p.m. ET

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This Week's Okuma Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 at ISM Raceway ... Hemric will be making his first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series start at ISM Raceway but has starts in both the NASCAR Xfinity and NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series at the 1-mile track. He had an average start of 14.5 and an average finish of 5.0 in the Xfinity Series, including a runner-up finish in November 2018. He also has an average start of 14.0 and an average finish of 15.7 in the Truck Series. 

Review Mirror: Las Vegas ... Hemric and the No. 8 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 showed a lot of speed with the new aerodynamic package throughout practice and qualifying at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Once the race got underway, Hemric battled to find the right handling of the car throughout the opening stages of the event. Crew chief Luke Lambert continually worked on making changes and the car came to life in the final stage. In the end, Hemric and the No. 8 team ended the day in the 23rd position. 

About Okuma ... Okuma is the U.S.-based sales and service affiliate of Okuma Corporation, a world leader in CNC (computer numeric control) machine tools, founded in 1898 in Nagoya, Japan. The company is the industry's only single-source provider, with the CNC machine, drive, motors, encoders, and spindle all manufactured by Okuma. The company also designs their own CNC controls to integrate seamlessly with each machine tool's functionality. In 2014 Okuma launched the Okuma App Store, the industry's only centralized online marketplace for machine tool apps and related content. Along with its extensive distribution network (largest in the Americas), and Partners in THINC, Okuma is committed to helping users gain competitive advantage through the open possibilities of machine tools, today and into the future. For more information, visit okuma.com or follow us on Facebook or Twitter @OkumaAmerica.

Meet the Driver ... Hemric is scheduled to sign autographs at the RCR merchandise hauler in the ISM Raceway fan midway on Friday, March 8, starting at 2:45 p.m. local time. 

Richard Childress Racing's Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series History at ISM Raceway ... Team owner Richard Childress has six victories at ISM Raceway, ranking him third on the all-time car owner victories list at the Avondale, Ariz. facility. This includes wins with Ryan Newman in March 2017, along with Kevin Harvick in Nov. 2013, Nov. 2012 and March and Nov. 2006. Prior to that, Dale Earnhardt won the Checker 500 on Nov. 4, 1990. In 119 starts at ISM Raceway, the Welcome, North Carolina based organization boasts 19 top-five and 43 top-10 finishes.

RCR in the MENCS ... In 2,926 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series starts dating back to 1969, RCR has amassed 48 pole awards,108 wins, 488 top-five finishes and 1,067 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.

eNASCAR Heat Pro League ... ISM Raceway will host the inaugural 2019 eNASCAR Heat Pro League Draft on March 10 at 8:45 a.m. MST. The eNASCAR Heat Pro League, a collaboration between 704Games, RTA, and NASCAR, is the first-ever NASCAR esports league on consoles. The newly formed esports league will feature 14 teams and 28 drivers, each owned and operated by prominent NASCAR race teams. RCR has the 12th draft pick for Xbox and 3rd position for PS4. Once the draft is completed, teams will compete in a 16-race season beginning in spring 2019 and culminating during the 2019 NASCAR Playoffs. All eNASCAR Heat Pro League races will be live streamed online at NASCAR.com and Motorsport.com. For more information, players can visit eNASCARHeatProLeague.com.

Catch the Action ... The Ticket Guardian 500 will be televised live Sunday, March 10 beginning at 3:30 p.m. ET on FOX and will be broadcast live on the Motor Racing Network and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.



Do you consider ISM Raceway a short track? 

"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?

"For sure the restarts are incredibly different. Turn 1, now if you get down in there everybody is funneling back up onto the regular track from the flat. That changes the whole dynamic. You've got to be so aware of where everybody is at or if that guy behind you smokes down in there a little too hard and gets in hot, you then have to give him room. There are a lot of variables there. In the past, everybody always said with the old layout if you could get through (Turns) 1 and 2 that you would have a good lap. Well, now you've got to get through there twice, your coming-up-to-speed lap and your out-lap, to make raw speed. A lot of different visuals there with pit road. A lot of things are different all at the same racetrack, it's crazy to think it's the exact same."