Richard Childress Racing announced on Friday the Hemric will drive the No. 8 Chevrolet second season, as RCR doesn’t more subject the No. 31.

The 27-year-old will last the long tradition of drivers out of Kannapolis, N.C., who have driven the No. 8 to the race trail.

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During the 1950s, Ralph Earnhardt began his family’s racing legacy on the short tracks around new york driving the No. 8. After his son, Dale Earnhardt, chose his first NASCAR start at Charlotte Motor Speedway in 1975, it was with the No. 8 to the face of the vehicle.

As it came time for Dale Earnhardt, Jr. to begin his career in the NASCAR Cup Series, he did so driving a No. 8 Chevrolet that would become legendary to NASCAR fans and non-fans alike.

Hemric made his Cup Series debut last year, managing the No. 8 in races at Richmond, Va., and the Roval at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

“Growing up in Kannapolis, it was all about racing,” said Hemric. “I always dreamed of having the opportunity to drive for Richard and also for RCR himself. Presently, two iconic amounts, both the Nos. 3 and 8, are going to be under one roof.

“I am aware that it makes Richard more challenging than anyone, simply understanding what that method for the game of NASCAR and our fans are going to have the ability to connect to that. ”

Childress considers the up coming 50th anniversary of RCR could be a great time to create the number change.

“Automobile amounts are a big part of NASCAR and it makes me proud to have 2 of their very historical numbers under the RCR banner ads for the 50th anniversary season,” he said. “Together with his Kannapolis roots along with his old fashioned racer mentality, Daniel Hemric could be a great choice to create the No. 8 back to the Cup Series to a full-time basis.

“He has demonstrated that he’s got exactly what it takes to become considered a contender on the race track, and we are looking forward to the next thing in his livelihood. ”

Luke Lambert will continue to serve as a crew chief on the No. 8 with Hemric. He worked at RCR.

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