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Driver Diary with Daniel Hemric — Week 1 of the Summer Shootout
Daniel Hemric leads William Byron in the Pro Division Feature Photo by Mike Neff

Driver Diary with Daniel Hemric — Week 1 of the Summer Shootout

Driver diary number two in our Summer Shootout lineup will be Daniel Hemric. Hemric is a rising star in the racing ranks yet still competes in the Summer Shootout because of his love for Legends car racing. Hemric was the winner of the Legends Million, the biggest Legends race in the history of the sport, in 2010. Hemric was the 2009 National Champion in Legends racing along with taking the Summer Shootout title that season. He has since gone on to win the 2012 Jeg’s/CRA series title and the 2013 Southern Super Series Championship.

Hemric is the defending champion of the Summer Shootout Series and is looking to go back-to-back this Summer. Hemric started in the second row and patiently waited until the closing laps of the Monday night season opener to take the win and assume the point lead in the Pro division. Before the Pros were able to hit the track on Tuesday night the weather turned sour and the card was postponed. Double features on Tuesday night will go a long way toward establishing Hemric as a contender for the championship or a longshot.

Daniel Hemric leads William Byron in the Pro Division Feature Photo by Mike Neff

Daniel Hemric leads William Byron in the Pro Division Feature
Photo by Mike Neff

During Tuesday’s program Hemric sat down for his first installment of his driver diary for the season.

Mike Neff: You are the winner of the Legends Million, the defending Pro division champion of the Summer Shootout and the 2013 Southern Super Series Champion. You won round one of the Summer Shootout last night. Are you trying to win the title out here again this Summer?

Daniel Hemric: We’ll see. It is developing into that. We’ll have to see how night two goes. I’m just excited to be out here running for Ladyga Motorsports. It is cool to have Stitch 98 on board with us. Pro System, Jack Links, and everybody who helps us. It is cool to come out here and run on Tuesday nights with these guys and really race with all of the up and coming talent that is in our sport. It is always a lot of fun.

MN: Looking at your car, there is no sticker that says Legends Million Champ. Is there no reason to put it on the back and remind them all as they’re trying to catch you just who they are chasing?

DH: It was a while ago. It helps give me courage going forward to think about it here and there. There is not need for all of that on here. I come out here to have a good time. No need to bring up old news, you just have to back it up and do it year after year. I’ve been fortunate enough to be with good people and be able to do that the last couple of years.

MN: The Truck deal looked good but then fell apart on you. As a result you’re back out here running Legends along with running Super Late Models around the South. Is there anything in the works to get you back into the NASCAR ranks again?

DH: There is always stuff in the works but whether it works out you never know. Everyone is digging as hard as they can to try and make it happen. We’ll have a little faith and hopefully it will work out here in the next couple of months.

About Mike Neff

Mike Neff
What is it that Mike Neff doesn’t do? The writer, radio contributor and racetrack announcer coordinates the site’s local short track coverage, hitting up Saturday Night Specials across the country while tracking the sport’s future racing stars. The writer for our signature Sprint Cup post-race column, Thinkin’ Out Loud (Mondays) also sits down with Cup crew chiefs to talk shop every Thursday with Tech Talk. Mike works as track announcer for Millbridge Speedway and East Lincoln Speedway, local bullrings based outside of Charlotte, and pops up everywhere from Athlon Sports to SIRIUS XM Radio.