By Toby Christie, Editor — Follow on Twitter @Toby_Christie
FORT WORTH, Texas — It was a fast Friday for second-year NASCAR Xfinity Series driver, Daniel Hemric. In the two NXS practice sessions for Saturday’s My Bariatric Solutions 300 at the 1.5-mile Texas Motor Speedway, Hemric was second fastest in the morning and fastest overall in the afternoon.
The 27-year old Richard Childress Racing driver edged out Ryan Blaney in both sessions (Ryan Truex paced the opening session), and in the final practice session Hemric trailed only Blaney in 10-lap consecutive lap times.
Although, Hemric has never finished inside the top-10 at Texas Motor Speedway, his sample size is quite small with just two previous starts in NXS competition. It seems that if anyone is going to have anything for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series regulars in the field (Blaney, Ty Dillon, Kevin Harvick, Jamie McMurray), it’s going to be Hemric.
Hemric, who made the championship 4 last season, comes into Texas on a bit of a hot streak. He finished sixth in Vegas and Phoenix and then followed that up with a fifth place effort in California.
Other Xfinity Series regulars who showed some speed in final practice included: Brandon Jones (3rd fastest), Matt Tifft (4th fastest), Tyler Reddick (5th fastest) and Justin Allgaier (6th fastest).
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