John Hunter Nemechek led the final 30 laps to win Saturday’s Xfinity Series race at Kansas Speedway for his first Xfinity win.
Nemechek is the third first-time winner this season.
Hemric finished second after leading 128 laps. He is winless this year and has finished in the top three 11 times.
After earning his best finish since the July race at Daytona, Elliott Sadler trails Daniel Hemric by nine points.
The top four – which will advance to the championship round – is rounded out by Tyler Reddick (-12) and Christopher Bell (-22).
The eight driver playoff field is completed by Matt Tifft (one point back from Bell), Justin Allgaier (five points from Bell), Cole Custer (23 points back from Bell) and Austin Cindric (43 points back from Bell).
Hemric’s car was found to be too low in post-race inspection, which is a L1 penalty. L1 penalties can include the loss of 10-40 points (in the past has been a 10 point penalty) and can include the suspension of crew chief and/or other team members and a fine between $10,000- $40,000.