The last two weeks have been good for Daniel Hemric as he won the Southern Super Series finale at Mobile International Speedway in Mobile, Alabama last week. A week later, he travels north to Lucas Oil Raceway in Clermont, Indiana to win the ARCA/CRA Super Series Powered by JEGS Fall Brawl 100.
Hemric took the lead from Rick Turner on lap 39 to get his second win of the season in the top CRA series.
“It’s really cool to come back here and get a win,” Hemric said after the race. “We wanted to come back here for the last couple of years, but couldn’t due to scheduling conflicts, but it is nice to get a win for Carswell Motorsports.”
Hemric wasn’t sure how his car would be for the 100-lap event after a tough day with practice on Saturday.
“I was pretty down after practice and threw a temper tantrum and lost my cool. But I was reminded to have faith and we will get it figured out,” Hemric said. “We made a big swing at it this morning and man did it make a world of difference. It was a deciding factor to not only run up front but to actually drive it. It is so good to get into victory lane. This is such a historical racetrack and I love this place. We were able to make it through the adversity and come out on top.”
While Hemric was leading out front, behind him Paul Shafer Jr. held off continuous challenges from Travis Braden in the middle portion and Chad Finley in the late stages of the race to post a career best second place finish in the ARCA/CRA Super Series.
“It was a fun race,” Shafer said after the race. “Yesterday, we did a mock run and was one of the slowest cars. We got lucky in qualifying and were seventh. As the race went on we got further and further ahead. You have to be up in the high groove here and were able to hold off their chances to get by me.”
Finley was more than satisfied with his third place finish.
“About lap three, the throttle actually got stuck,” Finley said. “The whole time I had to pull the gas pedal back. It was pretty wild. We talked about pulling in but stayed out and every corner, I pulled the gas pedal back and it made for a pretty interesting race for me.”
Ross Kenseth finished fourth with Braden rounding out the top five.
Hemric is looking forward to the next ARCA/CRA Super Series event, the Winchester 400 on Sunday, October 12th. With Hemric winning the Redbud 300 back in June, if he wins the 400, he will pick up a $10,000 bonus in the JEGS Triple Crown.
“We are getting momentum on our side and we went there on Labor Day weekend to get our baseline setup,” Hemric said. “We need to unload a little better there and build off of our notebook we built in September.”
The season finale for the ARCA/CRA Super Series powered by JEGS will be on Sunday, October 12th with the 43rd running of the Winchester 400 at Winchester Speedway in Winchester, Indiana.
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CRA Super Series UNOFFICIAL Results
|2||7||Paul Shafer, Jr|
|6||33||Wes Griffith, Jr|
|10||81||Terry Fisher, Jr|
|22||5||Dominique Van Wieringen|
|23||8||John Hunter Nemechek|
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