Following success in late models, Daniel Hemric is getting the chance that he’s been looking forward to – a chance to run the full NASCAR Camping World Truck Series schedule. Hemric will be driving the No. 14 Chevrolet Silverado for NTS Motorsports all season in 2015
“I’m really excited for the opportunity to get to drive for NTS Motorsports and run the full schedule and work with these guys,” he commented. “I’m looking forward to getting to Daytona and getting started.”
Hemric commented earlier this week that the day came together via meeting up a couple of times and discussing which direction they wanted to go.
“I really liked the direction that NTS Motorsports was heading and the people that they’ve got in place, and my partners were willing to work with them,” he shared.
Now the pair head together to Daytona, looking to bring home team owner Bob Newberry’s first victory.
“Obviously going into Daytona, you got to keep your mind open with the opportunity and hope to put yourself in a good position for a good finish,” he commented.
He also will have a teammate to rub shoulders with as 2012 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Champion James Buescher will be running a partial schedule for NTS in 2015, including the season opener at Daytona.
“Anytime that you can work with someone with experience in trucks, it’s huge,” Hemric shared. “He’s one of the best there is and to have him to lean on for experience will be great. I’m looking forward to getting down to Daytona and working with him as a teammate.”
Hemric added that he feels his team can have success at all the tracks, based on NTS Motorsports’ success near the end of last year. NTS Motorsports was able to post six top-15 finishes in the last three races with two trucks entered at both Texas and Homestead, and three trucks entered at Phoenix. Hemric captured one of those top-15 finishes, finishing 12th at Homestead.
“It’s just about getting started over these first couple of races and seeing where we stand,” Hemric added.
Beyond running the season finale for Newberry, he also ran Martinsville and Phoenix for Eddie Sharp. The experience taught him that aero is huge with the trucks.
“It’s not just about having the fastest truck, but how to position yourself over the run,” he commented. “Making those couple of starts, there were a lot of things that stood out to me that you don’t get to experience in late models. Obviously, there’s live pit stops and then also conserving tires as it seems you always get tires in late models.”
Looking ahead at the schedule, Hemric is most excited to get to the short tracks as that’s his background, but also notes that Charlotte Motor Speedway will be huge.
“It’s a hometown race for everybody, but it’ll be huge for me,” the North Carolina native commented. “To have all my family and friends that have helped and supported me sitting in the grandstands is going to be very emotional, and certainly special.”