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Daniel Hemric Joins Brad Keselowski Racing For 2016

Brad Keselowski Racing will have a new face behind the wheel of the No. 19 Ford F-150 next season in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. The team officially announced Tuesday that Daniel Hemric will take over the ride in 2016 with California Clean Coal as the primary sponsor.

Hemric joined NTS Motorsports at the beginning of the 2015 season, posting four top-five and 12 top-10 finishes through 20 races with the organization. The 24-year-old driver tied his best finish of fourth three different times so far this year, sitting seventh in points going into this weekend’s race at Texas. His future with NTS was unclear, however which prompted Hemric to look around and ultimately find a new employer for 2016: BKR.

“When the opportunity was available with Brad Keselowski Racing and all of our great partners, it seemed like a good deal for everyone concerned,” Hemric said in a release. “It’s an honor to team up with Brad and to have common goals when you go to the racetrack: win races and put yourself in contention for a championship. I’m really excited about continuing my relationship with California Clean Power and can’t wait to work with everyone at Cequent and their brands such as Draw-Tite. I’m already looking forward to Daytona.”

Tyler Reddick, meanwhile will remain with the BKR organization pilot the No. 29 Ford F-150. Reddick has found numerous success in the series with two victories over the course of 20 races, even leading the series standings earlier in the year. The California native has accumulated 11 top-five and 16 top-10 finishes in 2015 while remaining in title contention.

“This is an outstanding opportunity that I have for a second consecutive season,” Reddick said in a release about 2016. “Cooper Standard is a long-time partner of the Team and it will be great to work with them in an enhanced role to support their objectives including furthering awareness of their important Careers For Veterans program. It’s so much fun to drive for Brad Keselowski Racing. It’s such a great organization to be around. We’ve grown so much as a team from the first part-time season in 2014 and I’ve really enjoyed the experience. I’m very happy to be coming back for a second full-time year to get to do it all over again.”

BKR currently fields two full-time entries in the series. The No. 19 Ford is currently driven by Reddick while numerous drivers have strapped behind the wheel of the No. 29.

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Hemric has definitely impressed me on many occasions in equipment that isn’t exactly the best in the truck series. Would not surprise me if he could end up winning one of the final three races this season so I think this a great move. Also nice to see that Tyler Reddick will be back as he has also been excellent this season and I think he’s the dark horse in the championship fight.

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