Game Recognize Game! Chase Elliott & Denny Hamlin React to Daniel Hemric’s Xfinity Heroics

Published 11/07/2021, 3:42 AM EST
BROOKLYN, MI – AUGUST 14: Daniel Hemric, driver of the #14 California Clean Power Chevrolet, prepares to drive during practice for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Careers for Veterans 200 at Michigan International Speedway on August 14, 2015 in Brooklyn, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)


It’s happened. Daniel Hemric won the Xfinity Series title, the first race win of his career. And his ‘move for the ages’ pass on Austin Cindric was precisely the reason fans love motorsports and particularly NASCAR.

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Hemric post-race celebrations were worthy of the occasion, but they were made better by other notable names of NASCAR applauding him in his moment of triumph.

Hendrick Cup Series driver Chase Elliott, who is on the course to win back-to-back titles, posted a tweet recalling his racing memories with Hemric as he congratulated him.

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While another Joe Gibbs Racing driver from the top tier, Denny Hamlin lauded the race winner for “working his butt off” and getting what he deserves.

Michael Waltrip also shared a funny tweet while extending his congratulations to the race winner.

Daniel Hemric left it late, very late in Phoenix

How many times have drivers won a NASCAR championship for their first career win? One. Daniel Hemric.

The No.18 driver was engaged in a race-long battle with rival Austin Cindric, often finding himself behind. But there are those who lose hope and succumb, and then there are those who persist and find a way to prevail. Hendric proved he belongs in the latter category.

In the very last corners before the chequered flag, a second-place Hemric bumped and pushed the leader Cindric and ended up winning the race by an astonishing 0.030 seconds.

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Even though some criticized this move, those in the stands, those in the studios, and even Austin Cindric himself knew that when there’s all to gain or to lose, a driver has to flirt with the limits.

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Although NASCAR fans will hope for a repeat of the very essence of the racing action that was on display on Saturday’s Xfinity Race, realistically, it’d be tough to come up with such a storyline again.

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Shaharyar

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Shaharyar is a Formula 1 & NASCAR writer at EssentiallySports. A Graduate in Journalism from Amity University, he has been a passionate follower of motorsports for the better part of the decade. A Max Verstappen and Ferrari supporter, he dreams of a pairing of the two in the future.

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