Richard Childress Racing welcomes a new rookie driver for the 2017 NASCAR XFINITY Series season. Daniel Hemric will pilot the No. 21 Chevrolet Camaro for the Welcome, North Carolina, racing organization. Hemric will embark on his first full-time XFINITY Series endeavor with veteran crew chief Danny Stockman.
Hemric began his racing career at five years old behind the wheel of a go kart. He collected 11 race wins and a track championship at Concord Speedway before he was 10 years old. After his successful stint in go-kart racing, Hemric advanced to Bandoleros and Legend Cars at the age of 16, where he earned additional race wins and back-to-back Legend Car Pro championships.
In 2009, Hemric made 80 Legend Car starts and accrued 60 wins en route to the National Legend Car Pro championship. In the same year, he also earned the Summer Shootout Series championship. After earning another title, Hemric transitioned to Late Model racing. In his first-ever Late Model race, Hemric broke the Concord Speedway track record during qualifying and finished second in the race.
The following year brought more success for the young driver. Hemric won the inaugural Legends Million race at Charlotte Motor Speedway, driving the No. 21 car to earn the largest paycheck in Legend Car history. Hemric continued his championship hunt the next two seasons as he was crowned the Summer Shootout Series champion (2012), earned the Champion Racing Association JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour championship (2012) and the Southern Super Series championship (2013).
The Kannapolis, North Carolina, native made his NASCAR debut in 2013 in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series at Martinsville Speedway. Hemric joined NTS Motorsports in 2015 as a full-time driver in the Truck Series and capped off his first season with a seventh-place finish in the driver championship point standings with four top-five and 13 top-10 finishes.
In his last full season of Truck Series competition, Hemric drove under the Brad Keselowski Racing banner and earned a coveted spot in the inaugural Camping World Truck Series Chase. Hemric garnered 11 top-five and 17 top-10 finishes, placing him sixth in the driver championship point standings.
Danny Stockman has been named crew chief of the No. 21 NASCAR XFINITY Series team with rookie driver, Daniel Hemric for the 2017 season. Stockman, a two-time NASCAR champion-winning crew chief will begin his eighth season with Richard Childress Racing this year.
For the final 16 races of the 2016 season, Stockman was called up from the XFINITY Series to serve as crew chief for Paul Menard and the No. 27 Menards Chevrolet team in the NASCAR premiere series. Prior to Stockman’s transition, the Yucaipa, California, native earned one victory, 10 top-five and 15 top-10 finishes with the No. 2 XFINITY Series team.
Stockman is a third-generation racer, as his grandfather (Harry) attempted to qualify for the 1953 Indianapolis 500, and his father (Gary) was a NASCAR Camping World Truck Series crew chief for former driver Rick McCrae. He grew up in the racing industry and traveled with his father to half of the NCWTS races from 1996 to 1999.
A former racer himself, Stockman drove Super Late Models on the West Coast from 2000 to 2003 before employment at Orleans Racing. He is also an experienced go-kart racer, earning victories and championships in California.
Stockman won the 2003 NASCAR K&N Pro Series West Division championship as car chief for Scott Lynch and the No. 08 Orleans Racing team earning three wins, seven top-five and 10 top-10 finishes. He also served as truck chief for Orleans Racing’s No. 62 team with Steve Park in 2004 and the No. 77 team with driver Brendan Gaughan in 2005.
In his first year as a crew chief in the Truck Series, Stockman guided Austin Dillon to Sunoco Rookie of the Year honors in 2010 on the strength of two wins (Iowa Speedway and Las Vegas Motor Speedway), seven pole awards, seven top-five and 16 top-10 finishes. Stockman earned his first win as a crew chief at Iowa Speedway in July of 2010, just 11 races into his tenure as crew chief of the No. 3 Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet. During the 2011 Camping World Truck Series championship season, the No. 3 Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet team recorded two wins (Nashville Superspeedway and Chicagoland Speedway) among 10 top-five and 16 top-10 finishes.
In his first full year as a crew chief in the XFINITY Series in 2012, Stockman led the No. 3 team to two wins, both coming at Kentucky Speedway, in addition to three pole awards, 16 top-five and 27 top-10 finishes.
In 33 XFINITY Series starts in 2013, he guided Austin Dillon to a series-record seven poles, 13 top-five and 22 top-10 finishes, earning the championship title. The championship was Stockman’s second with RCR, his first came in 2011 in the Camping World Truck Series, also with Austin Dillon. Also in 2013, Stockman also led the No. 39 American Ethanol Chevrolet Silverado to Victory Lane for the inaugural “Mudsummer Classic”at Eldora Speedway.
Stockman assumed crew chief duties for Ty Dillon when he made the transition to the XFINITY Series in 2014. The 32-year-old crew chief earned one win at the iconic Indianapolis Motor Speedway, seven
top-five and 24 top-10 finishes, three pole awards and finished fifth in the driver championship point standings.
Stockman and Austin Dillon were reunited after a brief hiatus apart in 2015, earning victories at Daytona International Speedway and Charlotte Motor Speedway. They also accrued runner-up finishes at New Hampshire Motor Speedway and Homestead-Miami Speedway. Stockman also led Menard to a victory at his home state track at Road America in August 2015, marking Menard’s third win in the XFINITY Series.