Daniel Hemric to drive in Cup in 2019 for Richard Childress Racing

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CONCORD, N.C. — Daniel Hemric will move up to the Cup Series and drive Richard Childress Racing’s No. 31 car next season, the team announced Friday at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Hemric is in his second season running for RCR’s Xfinity program. He is in the Xfinity playoffs. Hemric replaces Ryan Newman, who will drive for Roush Fenway Racing next season

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Hemric’s announcement came less than three hours after JTG Daugherty Racing announced it has hired Xfinity driver Ryan Preece to take over the No. 47 Cup car next year.

The 27-year-old Hemric is set to make his second career Cup start this weekend in the No. 8 for RCR. He drove the car 32nd-place finish at Richmond in April. Hemric made the Xfinity playoffs last year, advancing to the championship finale in Miami. He finished fourth in the points. 

“He has all the talent it takes to win,” car owner Richard Childress said. “He will be a winner.”

Sponsorship for Hemric’s car will be announced at a later date.