Daniel Hemric: Flipping for Wins Since 2006 in the Jack in the Box Summer Shootout Series
Going fast and turning left have been in Legend Car driver Daniel Hemric's blood from a young age, but Hemric separates himself from the rest of the Jack in the Box Summer Shootout Series drivers by treating the fans to a signature backflip off his car after every win. And with 17 wins, making him the winningest driver in Legend Car Pro division history at Charlotte Motor Speedway, it's a treat fans get frequently. This season Hemric has captured four wins in five races, and has an average finish of 1.2.
The now 22-year-old Hemric, of Kannapolis N.C., got his roots in racing at the age of 5 at Concord Speedway, and soon moved into competition at Charlotte Motor Speedway, where he won in a Bandolero in 2006. Success started early, and he has since built a winning reputation along with the nickname "Hotshoe Hemric." Even with other rides at other facilities, Hemric always returns to Charlotte Motor Speedway for the Jack in the Box Summer Shootout Series where he has accumulated 21 total wins in over 10 years of competing in the series.
"Racing in the Summer Shootout Series has meant a lot to me; I have had some of my biggest wins here, from the Legends Million race to a Summer Shootout championship," said Hemric. "It's really big for everyone's careers and if you handle yourself professionally, you will be a professional one day."
Hemric hopes to do just that and seems to be on track to do so. Things are looking positive for the driver, who remembers being a spectator at the Jack in the Box Summer Shootout Series and is now deemed the winningest driver in the Legend Car Pro division at the speedway.
"All of the people I know who competed in the series, from Reed Sorenson, David Ragan, Chase Pistone, Tyler Green, and all the other people that have run Legend Cars in the Pro division, from when I was little and watched them. That's a pretty neat deal to put on your back, carry around and be proud of," said Hemric after learning about his latest acheivement.
His success has given fans plenty of opportunities to witness Hemric's backflip. The idea for the backflip wasn't all his own though. Hemric got the idea after watching NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Carl Edwards get his first Camping World Truck Series win.
"I saw this guy get on top of his car and do a backflip and thought, 'man that's pretty cool right there'," said Hemric. "Next time I got to victory lane was in Concord Motorsports Park in a Bandolero, and I gave it a shot. I just had to wing it and have faith."
Luck and talent are not the only things that have contributed to Hemric's impressive career. He knows that without good equipment and even better people helping him, that he wouldn't be where he is today. Even with the racing portfolio Hemric has created, he is constantly working and striving towards the next level of racing. Many of NASCAR's stars, including Darrell Wallace Jr., Joey Logano and David Ragan, have gotten their start in the Jack in the Box Summer Shootout Series. Hemric hopes to join that group.
"The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series is the ultimate goal for me. Right now I'm running a Super Late Model and hopefully I'll be in the Truck Series in the next year or so and keep moving up from there."
In such a competitive arena, Hemric knows that it takes extensive resources and experience to continually succeed. Because of this, Hemric makes sure to give back to some of the younger drivers in the series, such as Carson Ferguson, Ryan Mackintosh, Luke Demis and Alex Murray, with the knowledge he has gained.
"I like helping those kids, but I just like helping everyone. Everybody helped me when I was that size here so that's really what it's all about, especially with INEX and Summer Shootout for being what it is based off of," said Hemric. "I try to feed them in the right direction."
Fans have the chance to witness Hemric's backflip when he straps into his No. 48 Ladyga Motorsports Legend Car once again next Tuesday night in search of another win. After winning four out of five races in this season's Jack in the Box Summer Shootout Series, Hemric looks to stretch his current points lead and to build his racing resume with another championship.
The 20th annual Jack in the Box Summer Shootout Series continues Tuesday, July 16, with a United States Lawn Mower Racing Association exhibition race and the Little Luggies 600 Power Wheels race, in addition to regular Legend Car and Bandolero racing divisions. Spectator gates will open at 4:20 p.m. with racing starting at 4:30 p.m.
Tickets for the Summer Shootout Series are $7 for adults and are available in advance at the speedway ticket office or at Gates 4 and 5 the night of the event. Kids 13 and under get in free.
Racing will be televised on the Fox Sports South network, with a recap show airing each Monday following the event at 6 p.m. and a re-air the following Saturday. Fans should check their local listings for more information.
For tickets to the Summer Shootout Series, call the Charlotte Motor Speedway ticket office at 1-800-455-FANS (3267) or visit www.charlottemotorspeedway.com.
For live updates during the Summer Shootout Series, follow hashtag #SummerShootout on Twitter. To join in on the conversation simply include #SummerShootout in your tweet.