Daniel Hemric is reportedly deciding between two NASCAR Cup Series contracts for 2019. The Richard Childress Racing Xfinity driver has been a hot commodity in silly season up to this point.
Hemric’s name has been linked to JTG Racing, Leavine Family Racing, and Richard Childress Racing for Cup rides in 2019. According to Adam Stern, Hemric spent the Richmond weekend deciding between an offer from LFR and RCR.
.@DanielHemric was reviewing contract offers for next year from both @LFR95 and @RCRracing this past weekend, but it sounds like he's leaning toward taking the deal that would place him in RCR's No. 31 @Chevrolet, per people familiar.
➖ No official word yet from RCR. pic.twitter.com/1Fq7kaDG1n
— Adam Stern (@A_S12) September 24, 2018
Leavine Family Racing has been after Daniel Hemric for most of the 2018 season. With Kasey Kahne retiring at the end of the season and LFR expected to make a switch to Toyota it certainly has become a seat drivers are interested in. Will the growing pains of a young team with a new manufacturer deter Hemric?
Stern seems to think so saying that Hemric is leaning towards staying at RCR and take over the #31 car vacated by Ryan Newman as he heads to Roush Fenway Racing. Over the weekend Catchfence.com’s Chris Knight reported that he expects Daniel Suarez to take over the #31 next season. That would certainly throw a kink in the plan.
Hemric taking over the #31 makes the most sense for RCR. He’s the most naturally gifted driver they have in either series and deserves a shot at the Cup level. An Xfinity win has eluded him up to this point in his career. Partly because of the performance of the car and partly for the lack of closing ability. Daniel Hemric is a talent though and can garner the same results as Ryan Newman.
In 2017 Hemric’s average finish in the Xfinity Series was 13.2, in 2018 he has lowered that number to 9.7 nearly a 4 position improvement. His Top 5’s are up 13 this season versus 7 last season. By all accounts, Hemric has continued to improve as a driver and still has a large upside.
Caterpillar is signed on for 2019 with the #31 car, Hemric doesn’t bring much if any funding anymore. That might be the only thing separating himself and Suarez. Unless of course, Hemric can convince South Point to go Cup racing.
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