Brad Keselowski Racing’s Daniel Hemric had one of the fastest trucks on Friday night for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series’s Rattlesnake 400 at Texas Motor Speedway.
Hemric led twice for 19 laps early on, and faded as far back as 17th toward the end before battling back to a 10-place finish.
“[I’m] just really confident in my group of guys, not that I wasn’t last year, but to have the momentum we have from Charlotte, building a brand new truck and bringing that same truck here, we’re all as confident as we can be,” Hemric told POPULAR SPEED. It’s heartbreaking we haven’t been able to put the whole deal together yet, but it’s not for a lack of effort.”
Despite being winless, the second-year driver is having a championship-contending season and sits fourth in the points standings, just 26 behind leader Matt Crafton.
“We’re building on it. I’ve got a better idea of where I need to be practicing in the daylight to be good here in these night races. Crew chief Chad Kendrick’s making great calls and we’re putting ourselves in position,” he said.
“You know we’ve had some stuff like this happen a couple of times this year, but at the end of the day we’ve got speed — we’re putting ourselves in that position. If you keep doing that, all the other stuff will follow. It can be frustrating at times, but it’ll all work out.”
Hemric was adamant that it wasn’t dumb racing luck that kept his team out of the winner’s circle this year, but knows his team has to execute so they can post a winning result.
“It’s minor stuff. We’ve just got to do a better job as a whole. I can be better, we can be better obviously, because we haven’t won a race yet. But I promise you nobody’s working harder than we are.”
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