Hemric to drive 18 Toyota for JGR in NXS

Daniel Hemric will pilot the No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota Supra full time and compete for the Xfinity Series championship in 2021, the team announced Thursday.

“It‘s been quite a roller coaster ride for me over the last few years, but I can‘t say how thankful I am for the opportunity to drive for Joe Gibbs Racing,” said Hemric in a team release. “Their reputation speaks for itself. I know they have high expectations for me, as I do as well, and I could not be more excited to chase the Xfinity Series championship with them next season.”

Hemric was behind the wheel of the No. 8 JR Motorsports Chevrolet for 21 of the series’ 33 races in 2020, compiling an average finish of 16.2 and scattering in seven top fives, 12 top 10 and a pair of runner-ups at Charlotte Motor Speedway and Kansas Speedway. A season prior he earned Sunoco Rookie of the Year honors at the Cup Series level, running the full season for Richard Childress Racing in the No. 8 Chevrolet.

The veteran also made back-to-back NXS Championship 4 appearances in ’17 and ’18 for RCR, with a third-place finish in the series standings coming in his career year in ’18.

Sponsorship and team personnel details will be announced at a later date.

Riley Herbst, who piloted the ride in 2020, is leaving Joe Gibbs Racing to pursue other opportunities. Rumor is that he’s going to Stewart-Hass to replace Chase Briscoe.

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