Richard Childress Racing announced it will release Daniel Hemric at the end of 2019, per a team statement.
2019 is Hemric’s first full-time season in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. He has scored one top five, two top 10s and a best finish of third at Chicagoland Speedway.
The team stated it exercised its option on Hemric’s contract.
“Daniel is a very talented driver and an outstanding person,” the statement said. “We’d like to thank him for his commitment and dedication to RCR the past three years and wish him continued success in his future endeavors.”
— RCR (@RCRracing) September 17, 2019
Hemric moved up from the NASCAR Xfinity Series after 2018, making two Cup Series starts in preparation for the jump to NASCAR’s premier series.
“Forever grateful to Richard [Childress] and everyone at Richard Childress Racing for the opportunity,” Hemric tweeted. “I’m disappointed it ended like this, but we’ve got nine more races together and some team goals that are still within reach. I’m going to do all I can to make sure we get those and finish the season strong.”
The team currently fields Tyler Reddick in its Xfinity Series No. 2, where he’s won five races this season and is in contention for the championship. Reddick has driven two races in the team’s part-time No. 31 car alongside Hemric and Austin Dillon.
The team said more information on its Cup program will be announced later this year.