MOBILE, Ala. – Just a night after inheriting his first-ever Southern Super Series presented by Sunoco victory in the tech shed, Daniel Hemric earned one the hard way Saturday night.
Hemric, of Kannapolis, N.C., swapped the lead with 15-year-old John Hunter Nemechek numerous times in the closing laps of Saturday night’s The Great Race 125 presented by Five Star Race Car Bodies at Alabama’s Mobile International Speedway. Nemechek and Hemric dueled side-by-side, both racing hard and clean, before Hemric pulled away on the final lap to score his second Southern Super Series victory of the weekend.
Friday night, Hemric inherited his first series win at Florida’s Five Flags Speedway when Augie Grill was disqualified in post-race technical inspection. He left Five Flags hungry to win one on the track, one that came just a night later at Mobile.
“Yesterday, we may not have deserved it, but today I can promise you we did,” said Hemric. “That’s all I had. The whole team never gave up. I cannot thank (team owners) Jake and Deanna Carswell enough for believing in me and the whole team for having faith. That’s the team motto. Never give up.”
Bubba Pollard was the class of the field for much of the 125-lap event, but blew an engine while leading with 16 laps remaining. Nemechek inherited the lead, but lost it to Hemric on a late restart. From there, Nemechek and Hemric swapped the lead and ran side-by-side for the final 10 laps until Hemric pulled away on the last circuit.