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2018 Xfinity Season in Review: Daniel Hemric

NASCAR Xfinity Series O'Reilly Auto Parts 300 - Practice

FORT WORTH, TX - NOVEMBER 02: Daniel Hemric, driver of the #21 South Point Hotel & Casino Chevrolet, stands in the garage area during practice for the NASCAR Xfinity Series O’Reilly Auto Parts 300 at Texas Motor Speedway on November 2, 2018 in Fort Worth, Texas. (Photo by Brian Lawdermilk/Getty Images)

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Daniel Hemric

CREW CHIEF: Danny Stockman, 32 of 33 races; Andrew Dickeson served as crew chief at Texas II following a suspension for Stockman.

TEAM: Richard Childress Racing

POINTS: Third (Was fourth in 2017 as a rookie)

WINS: None (Finished second at Michigan, Kentucky, Kansas and Phoenix II)

LAPS LED: 440 (Career-best; last year was 70)

TOP 5s: 16 (Career-best; last year was seven)

TOP 10s: 23 (Career-best; last year was 16)

POLES: Four (Daytona I, Talladega, Dover II and Kansas)

WHAT WENT RIGHT: After finishing 26th at Daytona in the season opening race, Hemric climbed steadily in the points until he was second following Race 7 at Bristol. After that, he was in the top five in points every week except one … Finished second or third in 12 of the 33 races including three consecutive at Pocono, Michigan and Iowa during June.

WHAT WENT WRONG: Had difficultly sustaining momentum with five results outside the top 20 punctuating the season (Daytona I, Richmond I, Talladega, Bristol II, Las Vegas II) … Lost crew chief Danny Stockman for one race during the playoffs for an L1 penalty (car too low) following the Kansas race.

WHAT TO EXPECT IN 2019: Moves to the Cup series to compete for Rookie of the Year honors in the No. 8 car for RCR.