Daniel Hemric to make second NASCAR Trucks start, looks to capture first Southern Super Series championship

Streeter Lecka

Second in the Southern Super Series championship standings, Daniel Hemric will receive a second shot at competing in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. His debut start at Martinsville only lasted three laps before a mechanical failure ended his day.

NASHVILLE -- Daniel Hemric's NASCAR Camping World Truck Series debut last Saturday at Martinsville Speedway was short-lived, having lasted only three laps before an internal transmission leakage forced him to retire from contention.

Originally planned as a one-off start for Sharp Gallaher Racing, Hemric was initially disappointed that he wasn't able to show off the attributes that has made him one of the more notable NASCAR prospects in the Deep South.

But Hemric and SGR were able to secure the proper funding for a second start in two weeks at Phoenix International Raceway and they hope to make the most of it.

"With the way things went at Martinsville, [Sharp Gallaher] made the call as soon as we got back to the shop on Monday morning that they would be excited to go to Phoenix if we could work everything out," Hemric said. "Some things came together and now we're off to Phoenix."

It took a group effort to get Hemric to Martinsville in the first place but once Hemric practiced within the top-5, the Kannapolis-native says everyone on the team was willing to come back and support his next effort.

That group includes Mike Dillon who provided the engine for his Martinsville effort as Hemric is friends with the Dillon brothers.

"Hopefully we can finish what we started at Martinsville," Hemric said.

For this weekend, Hemric will turn his attention to the All-American 400 Super Late Model race, the season finale for the Southern Super Series. He enters the event second in the championship standings, 48 points behind Bubba Pollard with a maximum of 125 points on the table on Saturday.

With a massive field of over 40 Super Late Models entered into the race, Hemric has a realistic shot at creating some separation between himself and Pollard. Should he be able create enough distance, Hemric may be able to capture the inaugural Southern Super Series championship.

"We're all going to find out tomorrow," Hemric said. "We're going to do everything possible and that's really all that you can do. We're looking to sit on the pole, lead the most laps and win the race. If we can do that -- things will take care of itself."

Complete All-American 400 coverage can be found on SB Nation's Ranting and Raving Short Track Blog.

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