O’Reilly Auto Parts 500


NASCAR Playoff contender Daniel Hemric crashed during Friday’s second XFINITY Series practice, bringing a premature halt to preparations for Saturday night’s 13th annual O’Reilly Auto Parts 300 at Texas Motor Speedway.

Hemric crashed exiting Turn 4 of the 1.5-mile oval, heavily damaging the rear clip of his No. 21 Blue Gate Bank Chevrolet Camaro. The rear end snapped around at speed in the bottom groove, with the resulting impact sending fluids streaming down the 24-degree banking. While track crews spread Speedy Dry on the surface, a line of cars stood parked on pit road. But the session never resumed once the clock reached 5 p.m. CDT.

 Hemric ended the first practice around TMS’ 1.5-mile oval second to Blake Koch after a lap at 187.461 mph.

Hemric, of Richard Childress Racing, is ranked seventh in the XFINITY Series standings with 3,032 points - six behind fourth-place Brennan Poole. In 30 starts this season, Hemric has posted six top fives and 15 top 10s. Hemric made his series debut at TMS earlier this season, starting seventh but finishing 32nd after being involved in an accident after 172 of 200 laps of the My Bariatric Solutions 300. 

Hemric can clinch a spot in the Championship 4 with a victory. XFINITY drivers will qualify Saturday at 5:05 p.m. CT and race at 7:30 p.m.

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The Texas Motor Speedway Media Relations Department is located on the 6th floor of The Speedway Club outside of Turn 1 of the speedway. 

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