Daniel Hemric to drive No. 8 for Richard Childress in 2019

Published On December 14, 2018 | By John Haverlin | News, Top Posts

Earlier this year, Daniel Hemric made his NASCAR Cup debut in the No. 8 car for Richard Childress Racing.

Starting in 2019, he’ll drive that car full-time for RCR in the Cup Series, and contend for Rookie of the Year honors.

Hemric drove the No. 21 for RCR’s Xfinity Series program for the last two seasons. Although he never won a race, he made it to the Championship 4 both years and capped off 2018 with a third-place finish in the standings.

Hemric is replacing Ryan Newman, who has raced the No. 31 for RCR since 2014. Newman will pilot the No. 6 for Roush Fenway Racing in ‘19.

Caterpillar, Bass Pro Shops, Liberty National will return to sponsor the RCR car. VF Corporation and Cessna come aboard as new liveries.

RCR will not use the No. 31 next year. The team only plans to run the No. 3 for Austin Dillon and the No. 8 for Hemric.

For the Daytona 500, RCR will run gold paint schemes on both cars to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the company.

Photo: Streeter Lecka / Getty Images

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— a Long Island, New York native, is a graduate of Arizona State University, where he studied communication and journalism. He is a former Pit Notes reporter at ISM Raceway, where he covered NASCAR and INDYCAR throughout his collegiate career. Since 2016, he has covered American auto racing’s various forms, including NASCAR Cup, Xfinity, Truck, K&N, Whelen Modified, IndyCar, Mazda Road to Indy, USAC, Modified Touring Series, World of Outlaws, ARCA and ACT Tour. During his downtime, he likes to play his Les Paul guitar, hit the golf course and watch the New York Mets.

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