NASCAR fans have not seen the number eight car on the track in a Monster Energy Cup Series race since Dale Earnhardt Jr moved from racing with DEI to Hendrick Motorsports.

But all of that will change in February when Xfinity Series driver Daniel Hemric makes the move to Monster Cup and Richard Childress Racing where he will drive the number eight car.

Childress is replacing the number 31 car vacated by Ryan Newman with the number eight car for the coming racing season.

Like Earnhardt, Hemric is a native of Kannapolis, North Carolina.

Speaking on his new position Hemric said via a statement, “growing up in Kannapolis, it was all about racing. I always dreamed of having the opportunity to drive for RCR and for Richard himself. Now, two iconic numbers, the 3 and the 8, are going to be under one roof. I know it makes Richard happier than anybody, just understanding what that means for the sport of NASCAR and how our fans are going to be able to connect with that.”

The 2019 racing season marks 50 years in racing for Richard Childress and RCR.