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2017 Xfinity Season in Review: Daniel Hemric

NASCAR XFINITY Series Ticket Galaxy 200 - Practice

AVONDALE, AZ - NOVEMBER 10: Daniel Hemric, driver of the #21 Smokey Mountain Snuff Chevrolet, sits in his car during practice for the NASCAR XFINITY series Ticket Galaxy 200 at Phoenix International Raceway on November 10, 2017 in Avondale, Arizona. (Photo by Matt Sullivan/Getty Images)

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Daniel Hemric

CREW CHIEF: Danny Stockman Jr./Randall Burnett (five races)

TEAM: Richard Childress Racing


WINS: None


TOP 5s: 7

TOP 10s: 16

POLES: 1 (Richmond I)

WHAT WENT RIGHT: Earned his first-career pole in the spring Richmond race, led a season-best 26 laps and finished third ... Advanced all the way to the championship race despite not having his primary crew chief for four races due to suspension ... Earned four top 10s in the playoffs.

WHAT WENT WRONG: Hemric’s championship hopes ended at Homestead when his No. 21 Chevrolet experienced battery problems, which sent Hemric to pit road for multiple laps ... Recorded three DNFs, all coming in the first 15 races of the year. Two were in both Daytona races ... Lost crew chief Danny Stockman Jr. for four races to suspension after a weight fell off his car during practice for the Dover playoff race ... Did not lead a lap during the playoffs.

WHAT TO EXPECT IN 2018: Hemric returns to RCR for his second season driving the No. 21. He’ll once again be partnered with Stockman as his crew chief and will have Matt Tifft as a full-time teammate as RCR scales down from five to three full-time cars in the series. Austin and Ty Dillon will drive the third car in the No. 3 Chevrolet.