MOORESVILLE, N.C. â Daniel Hemric will return to the NASCAR Xfinity Series with JR Motorsports in 2020, running a part-time schedule in the No. 8 Chevrolet Camaro.
The 28-year-old Hemric has been tabbed to run 21 races for the organization, and will do so with the same number that he contested his rookie NASCAR Cup Series season in this year.
Hemric will join Jeb Burton (11 races) and team owner Dale Earnhardt Jr. (one race) to round out the driver lineup for JRMâs No. 8 entry in its pursuit of the Xfinity Series ownerâs title next season.
âDaniel is a solid competitor with a great personality. Heâll be a quality addition to our lineup in 2020,â said Earnhardt Jr. âWeâre lucky to have him. I feel like he has grown as a driver from his time in the Cup Series. That will be valuable to him with this new opportunity to compete in the Xfinity series. Heâs a local Kannapolis (N.C.) native with a lot of determination to succeed, and Iâm excited to work with him.â
Hemricâs return to the Xfinity Series will mark his first appearance since competing in the division full-time in 2017 and 2018.
Hemric secured coveted spots in the Championship 4 in each of those seasons, earning 23 top fives, 39 top 10s and five poles with 510 laps led in 66 series starts.
âHaving Daniel on board with our No. 8 team really solidifies things for JRM in 2020,â said Kelley Earnhardt Miller, JRM general manager. âIt puts the team in a healthy place with four cars running for a championship again, and we canât wait to see how Daniel will perform next year. We have a ton of confidence in him and in the companyâs direction.â
Wednesdayâs announcement comes on the back end of Hemricâs rookie year in Cup Series competition. With only one race remaining before the season concludes at Homestead-Miami Speedway, Hemric is on point to claim Rookie of the Year honors, with one top-five and two top-10 finishes, as well as a pole award.
âI want to thank Dale, Kelley and everyone at JR Motorsports for believing in me,â said Hemric. âFor a Kannapolis (N.C.) boy like me, driving for the Earnhardt family is pretty awesome. My goal here is simpleâto go win races for JR Motorsports and to help their program any way that I can. Iâve raced against their cars before and I know how theyâre capable of running.
âMy focus is on finishing the Cup season out strong, but once the checkered flag flies at Homestead, weâll set our sights on getting the No. 8 car to Victory Lane early and often next season.â
Before making his way to NASCARâs top stage, Hemric blazed a path through the regional racing circuits, scoring multiple championships in super late models and Legend Cars, including a win in the prestigious Legends Million in 2010.
Hemric made his NASCAR Truck Series debut in 2013, and through two years of full-time competition (2015-16) notched 15 top fives and 30 top 10s.
Details surrounding Hemricâs race schedule and sponsorship lineup will be announced at a later date.