Legends Million Winner Daniel Hemric to Race Modified on Bojangles' Pole Night
Daniel Hemric, winner of the largest grassroots race in history, the Legends Million, will compete in the upcoming NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour (NWSMT) UNOH Southern Slam 150 during Bojangles’ Pole Night on Oct. 14 as part of Bank of America 500 Week.
Hemric took home an unprecedented $250,000 purse after winning the Legends Million, a one-of-a-kind Legend Car race, held July 17 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
The 19-year-old Kannapolis, N.C., native will take on the NWSMT regulars in the UNOH Southern Slam 150, which will be held in conjunction with Bojangles’ Pole Night NASCAR Sprint Cup Series qualifying. The race, to be held on the flat frontstretch quarter-mile, will be 150 laps or 37.5 miles.
It will be Hemric’s second career start in a NASCAR modified; he raced in a NWSMT event at Caraway Speedway in Asheboro, N.C., earlier this year. However, Hemric has plenty of experience on the frontstretch quarter-mile at Charlotte Motor Speedway, having raced in the Kangaroo Express Summer Shootout Series since he was 11 years old. In 2009, Hemric captured his first Summer Shootout Series pro division championship. This summer, Hemric picked up two regular season Summer Shootout victories in addition to his Legends Million win and finished third in the Legend Car Pro division points standings.
“I’ve made as many laps there on the quarter-mile as anybody,” said Hemric. “I’d like to think our chances are really good, better even than they were at Caraway.
I know the car was good at Caraway and it can only be better going into Charlotte.”
Hemric will enter the UNOH Southern Slam 150 in a car owned by Hillbilly Racing, the team that also fields a car for James Civali, the current NWSMT points leader.
“It’s a huge opportunity. The guys of the Hillbilly Racing team have been around the Modified Tour for a long time and they’ve been very successful winning races and championships,”
said Hemric. “It’s always good to be with a group of guys with such experience and they have a really good drive as far as wanting to win and wanting to run good. That’s always great to be put in that position. I’m excited and the whole team is ready for it.”
The NWSMT also features drivers such as Andy Seuss, the 2009 series runner-up; Burt Myers, a former Bowman Gray Stadium track champion featured on HISTORY’s documentary series “Madhouse”; and L.W. Miller, a former series champion.
A modified car is the oldest type of car used in NASCAR. The cars weigh only 2,645 pounds including the driver’s weight, while a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series car weighs 3,450 pounds with the driver. The NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified car is powered by a V8 engine producing 625 horsepower and can reach a top speed of 150 mph.
The modifieds have a unique open wheel design and use the largest tire of any NASCAR touring series with a tread width of 83.75 inches due to the extra wide right-side tires.
The NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour visited tracks throughout the southeast in 2010, beginning the season at Atlanta Motor Speedway and finishing it on the quarter-mile at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Tickets for the UNOH Southern Slam 150 and Bojangles’ Pole Night are $12 in advance or $20 the day of the event.
Fans can purchase tickets for all October races at Charlotte Motor Speedway online at www.charlottemotorspeedway.com or by calling the speedway ticket office at 1-800-455-FANS (3267). The Bank of America Fan 4 Pack includes tickets, hot dogs and Coca-Cola drinks starting at just $39.75 per person, or fans can get four nights of great racing with the Bank of America 500 Week Super Ticket for just $99.
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