Daniel Hemric returns to Richard Childress Racing for his third season and will be competing in his first full season in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. Hemric will drive the iconic No. 8 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 for his Sunoco Rookie of the Year campaign, with support from partners Caterpillar, Bass Pro Shops, Liberty National Life Insurance, Cessna and Red Kap.
The Kannapolis, North Carolina, native moves up to the Cup Series after two successful seasons in the NASCAR Xfinity Series, where he drove the No. 21 Chevrolet for RCR. During those two seasons, Hemric recorded 23 top-five and 39 top-10 finishes, with five pole awards and a total of 510 laps led. He also advanced to the Xfinity Series Championship 4 in 2017 and 2018.
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 Gander Outdoors Truck Series 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.
Luke Lambert embarks on his eighth year as a crew chief, this season calling the shots for the No. 8 Caterpillar/Bass Pro Shops/Liberty National/Cessna/Red Kap/Also Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 team at Richard Childress Racing. In 2019, Lambert will lead the charge for Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Rookie of the Year contender Daniel Hemric.
Through 225 races as a crew chief, Lambert has led his team to one win, 23 top-five and 70 top-10 finishes, with post-season appearances in 2014, 2015 and 2017 with driver Ryan Newman.
As a student at North Carolina State University, Lambert was a Formula SAE team leader from 2004 to 2005, steering a team of students in the design and technical performance aspects of building race cars from the ground up.
Shortly after college, he joined RCR in September 2005 and spent four years as a team engineer. He worked alongside crew chiefs Todd Berrier and Scott Miller. During that time, the No. 31 team scored three wins, 27 top-five and 61 top-10 finishes and made three appearances in the post-season.
In 2011, Lambert made his debut on top of the pit box in the Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway as interim crew chief of the No. 31 team. Lambert and his crew went on to earn two top-five and five top-10 finishes in 17 events with veteran driver Jeff Burton behind the wheel.
Lambert saw action as crew chief in the NASCAR Xfinity Series for driver Elliott Sadler in 2012. The No. 2 team finished second in the driver championship standings by capturing four wins, four pole awards, 15 top-five and 24 top-10 finishes.
Lambert’s first full season as a crew chief in the premiere series came in 2013, when he guided Burton and the No. 31 team to 20th place in the driver point standings, earning two top-five and six top-10 finishes.