“It’s really emotional,” added Hemric. “It’s one of the biggest wins of my career. These are the best people to race against, these guys in the deep south. They don’t mess around. They’ve been doing this a long time. It took us a couple races to get into the habits of what it took and what the tires like and what the series liked. Nobody ever gave up. It feels good to be in victory lane, holding the checkered flag and to do a back flip (Hemric’s trademark victory lane celebration) down here in the deep south.”
Hemric and Nemechek left the crowd at Mobile amazed with the art of hard, yet clean, racing for a win.
“I can’t speak for it, but I know the fans had a great show,” said Hemric. “I don’t think I ever got to take a breath. I’m pretty sure the brain cells went out the window, driving our hearts out. It was awesome racing with him, racing clean. We barely touched maybe once or twice and we changed the lead at least 10 times. He’s an awesome racer and he has a really bright future.”
Nemechek finished second to Hemric a night after placing third at Five Flags.
“It was fun, it was frustrating and it was intense all at the same time,” said Nemechek. I messed up on that last restart and (Hemric) got out in front of us. I got back up to him, but I used up my tires trying to get back by him. It seemed like he had a little bit better tires than I did at the end. We raced hard, we raced clean and we earned respect for each other, and that’s what matters.”
Chris Davidson crossed beneath the checkered flag in third, but was disqualified in post-race technical inspection for unapproved fuel. That moved Hunter Robbins up to third in the official finish. Texan Casey Smith was fourth and Oklahoman Donnie Wilson was fifth.