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2021 NASCAR Top Storylines: Daniel Hemric Ends Drought, Crowned Xfinity Champion

2021 Xfinity Phoenix Daniel Hemric Trophy (Credit: Chris Graythen/Getty Images via NASCAR Media)

(Photo: Chris Graythen/Getty Images via NASCAR Media)

On Nov. 6, 2021, Daniel Hemric had made 119 NASCAR Xfinity Series starts, 50 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series starts, 38 NASCAR Cup Series starts and three playoff appearances. And the 30-year-old Kannapolis, N.C., native had yet to win a race, much less a partridge in a pear tree. It was 2021, and Hemric had …

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Noah Gragson, Daniel Hemric Added to 2nd Kaulig Cup Car

2021 Michigan NXS Noah Gragson NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Noah Gragson and Daniel Hemric will run part time in the NASCAR Cup Series in 2022 for Kaulig Racing, Kaulig announced Dec. 14. Gragson and Hemric join the previously announced AJ Allmendinger in the team’s newly formed second Cup car, which will debut in the Daytona 500 with Allmendinger. “We think our roster for the …

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Podcast: Xfinity Series Champion Daniel Hemric on Winning, Backflips & Realizing His Dream

Daniel Hemric

(Graphic: Jared Haas)

The champ is here! 2021 Xfinity Series champion Daniel Hemric joins Davey Segal to discuss how it feels to finally win a race, not have to answer the question of when he’ll grace Victory Lane, the winning move on Austin Cindric in turn 4 at Phoenix Raceway on Saturday night (Nov. 6) and if he …

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Frontstretch 5: Things That Made the 2021 NASCAR Season So Great

COTA rain field NASCAR Cup

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Leading up to the Daytona 500, we were all told by FOX Sports that the 2021 NASCAR season would be the best one ever. Now that we’re at the end of it (hard to believe, am I right?), it’s now our turn to analyze and reflect on everything that the season gave us. From big …

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NASCAR Stat Sheet: Kyle Larson Earns the Most Important Stat of the Year: Champion

Kyle Larson celebrates his 2021 NASCAR Cup Series championship at Phoenix Raceway. Photo: NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Despite being a force to be reckoned with in nearly every race in 2021, Kyle Larson entered the finale at Phoenix Raceway on a level even with the other three championship-eligible drivers.

The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2021 Season Finale 500

Kyle Larson celebrates with son Owen after winning the 2021 NASCAR Season Finale 500. Photo: NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Who … should you be talking about after the Season Finale 500? A year ago, Kyle Larson watched the NASCAR Cup Series finale on TV and wondered what might have been. Now, a little older and a lot wiser after he chose to learn from a mistake that saw him banned for most of 2020 …

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Xfinity Breakdown: Allmendinger’s Loose Wheel & Spin Aids Hemric’s Championship

2021 Xfinity Phoenix AJ Allmendinger, No. 16 Kaulig Racing Chevrolet (Credit: NKP)

Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography

With just over 20 laps to go in the NASCAR Xfinity Series Championship Race at Phoenix Raceway Saturday night (Nov. 6), Austin Cindric boasted a two-second lead. While the margin between him and second place shrunk a bit while navigating lapped traffic, the championship looked to be his to lose. Well, there’s an old saying: …

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Daniel Hemric Wins 1st Race & Xfinity Series Championship

2021 Xfinity Phoenix Daniel Hemric pre-race (Credit: Chris Graythen/Getty Images via NASCAR Media)

Photo: Chris Graythen/Getty Images via NASCAR Media

Daniel Hemric tied a NASCAR record by finishing runner-up 10 times in his Xfinity Series career. With two turns left and a championship on the line, he wouldn’t settle for No. 11. Hemric nudged fellow title contender Austin Cindric out of the way, then won a drag race to the line to earn the 2021 …

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Daniel Hemric’s Championship Bid Alive After Run-in With Dead Deer

Daniel Hemric at Phoenix Raceway

(Photo by Meg Oliphant/Getty Images for NASCAR Media)

Daniel Hemric got a call from crew chief Dave Rogers around 9 a.m. Friday (Nov. 5) in Phoenix.

“Hey, I’m sure you’ve heard already,” Rogers said.

Hemric, who had been off his phone and “off the radar” during the buildup to the Xfinity Series’ championship race on Saturday (Nov. 6), hadn’t heard anything.

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