CREW CHIEF: Danny Stockman Jr./Randall Burnett (five races)
TEAM: Richard Childress Racing
LAPS LED: 70
TOP 5s: 7
TOP 10s: 16
POLES: 1 (Richmond I)
WHAT WENT RIGHT: Earned his first-career pole in the spring Richmond race, led a season-best 26 laps and finished third … Advanced all the way to the championship race despite not having his primary crew chief for four races due to suspension … Earned four top 10s in the playoffs.
WHAT WENT WRONG: Hemric’s championship hopes ended at Homestead when his No. 21 Chevrolet experienced battery problems, which sent Hemric to pit road for multiple laps … Recorded three DNFs, all coming in the first 15 races of the year. Two were in both Daytona races … Lost crew chief Danny Stockman Jr. for four races to suspension after a weight fell off his car during practice for the Dover playoff race … Did not lead a lap during the playoffs.
WHAT TO EXPECT IN 2018: Hemric returns to RCR for his second season driving the No. 21. He’ll once again be partnered with Stockman as his crew chief and will have Matt Tifft as a full-time teammate as RCR scales down from five to three full-time cars in the series. Austin and Ty Dillon will drive the third car in the No. 3 Chevrolet.