For the second straight season, Daniel Hemric will compete for the NASCAR Xfinity Series title as part of the Championship 4 next weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
The driver of the No. 21 South Point Hotel & Casino Chevrolet Camaro ended the Round of 8 at ISM Raceway with a second-place finish, his 12th top-three finish of the 2018 Xfinity Series season. He will compete against Christopher Bell, Cole Custer and Tyler Reddick in the championship race.
“I am extremely proud of everyone on this No. 21 South Point Hotel & Casino Chevrolet team for their efforts, not only today but all season up to this point,” said Hemric. “Over the past few months, everyone at Richard Childress Racing and ECR Engines have been bringing the best race cars I have ever driven, and now we have a chance to fight for the championship for the second year in a row.
“We started this season as a redemption tour after the mechanical failure we had last year in Homestead, and now we have a shot at that next week,” said Hemric.
During the 2018 Xfinity Series season, Hemric and the No. 21 team have earned 12 top-three, 15 top-five and 22 top-10 finishes, as well as four pole awards. He is confident the team will be able to get the job done next weekend in Homestead.
“We will go to Homestead and perform the way I know this team is capable of doing,” he said. “I am fully confident in Danny Stockman and all the guys on this team. I want to thank Richard Childress, the Gaughan family, everyone at the South Point Hotel & Casino and Chevrolet for giving me this incredible opportunity. We will go down there next week and make the most of it.”
While Hemric was able to advance to the Championship 4, Matt Tifft came up just short after a strong third-place effort Saturday at ISM Raceway. Starting from the 10th position, Tifft overcame a pit road speeding penalty and worked his way into contention late in the race, but needed a win to advance to the Championship 4.
“First of all, I have to thank all of my team for the No. 2 GoGreen Equipment Camaro they gave me today. We knew we were going to have to be on offense all day to have a shot to make the Championship 4 and we definitely did that,” said Tifft. “We had a great Stage 1, finishing sixth. Unfortunately, I was just a touch too quick on pit road and got a speeding penalty before Stage 2, which forced me to start in the back. Our Camaro was really fast though and that helped me get back into the top-10 prior to the end of that stage’s conclusion.
“We needed a win at that point to advance to the next round, and we had a couple of shots at it. In the end, my Camaro just built a little bit too tight to get it done in the closing laps.
“I know my team will keep after it though, and we’ll go for the win next weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway,” said Tifft.
With one race left in the 2018 season, Tifft and the No. 2 team have earned six top-five and 18 top-10 finishes, with one pole award. Tifft is currently sixth in the driver standings but could finish as high as fifth after next weekend’s race.
Incredible effort by everyone at @RCRracing giving me an awesome @GOGREENMoPower Camaro today finishing in 3rd. Came out just shy of transferring, but nothing to hang our heads on. Thanks to everyone for your support this playoffs, it‘s been fun! #rally2gether pic.twitter.com/ka89k5V9iA
— Matt Tifft (@matt_tifft) November 10, 2018
The Xfinity Series championship will be determined on Saturday, Nov. 17 at 3:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN. In order to win the title, Hemric will need to finish better than the other three competitors.