Who is Daniel Hemric's wife, Kenzie, as he claims NASCAR XFinity title?

Jake Nichol November 7, 2021
Who is Daniel Hemric’s wife, Kenzie, as he claims NASCAR XFinity title?
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Daniel Hemric claimed the NASCAR XFinity Series title in overtime at Phoenix, and celebrated with his wife and young daughter in victory lane. But who is Hemric’s wife Kenzie – and did she ever race in NASCAR herself?

After a late caution sent the race to overtime at Phoenix, Hemric restarted on the front row alongside reigning champion Austin Cindric.

The #18 driver kept tabs with Cindric’s #22 and muscled past out of the final corner to take the win.

It was his first ever in NASCAR and handed him the 2021 NASCAR XFinity title.

In victory lane, Hemric celebrated with his wife and daughter, leaving some to wonder who she is and whether she was a racing driver herself?

NASCAR 21: Ignition | Trailer

NASCAR 21: Ignition | Trailer

Who is Daniel Hemric’s wife?

In July 2015, Hemric became engaged to NASCAR K&N Pro Series East driver Kenzie Ruston.

Back then, he was a rookie in the NASCAR Trucks Series, while Ruston was in what turned out to be her final season as a racing driver.

The couple were engaged in St. Lucia and were married in early January 2017 in Jamaica.

Their first child, a daughter was born in May 2020 – with the Hemrics deciding to call her Rhen Haven.

What where Kenzie’s NASCAR results like?

Whereas Daniel has raced in every rung on the NASCAR ladder from Cup to the K&N Pro Series East feeder series, Kenzie only rose as high as the latter.

She made her debut in the ARCA series in 2011, before dropping down to its feeder series in 2013.

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Kenzie’s results were decent, and in her debut year in 2013, finished sixth in the standings.

For 2014 she moved to Ben Kennedy Racing, scoring a career-best finish of second at Iowa.

Despite scoring more top 10s than in 2013, she fell to ninth in the standings.

To date, her last race was the 2015 ARCA Series finale at Dover where she took 13th.

In total, Kenzie made 48 starts in her NASCAR career.

She took 19 top 10s from her career.

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Jake can usually be found writing about or watching anything to do with motorsport – from Formula 1 to NASCAR to British Truck Racing. His work as a motorsport journalist has been published by the likes of Autosport, Motorsport.com and Motorsport News – all highly respected names. Away from racing he is a keen amateur astronomer, podcast listener and enjoys long walks in the park with his three dogs.