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CONCORD, N.C. – Earlier this month, Danny Emerick from the Hendrick Motorsports engine department clinched his third consecutive victory in the 16th annual Randy Dorton Hendrick Engine Builder Showdown. A few weeks later, Hendrick Motorsports engines powered their 20th NASCAR national series championship.

But it took a while for the award-winning engine builder to make it to this point in his career. Emerick studied hard and did a lot of research when he figured out what he wanted in life. Now he’s telling future engine-builders to do the same.

“Follow your passion,” Emerick said. “Try to surround yourself around the industry as much as you can. Reading, studying, tinkering. Just follow your heart.”

To hear more on Emerick’s journey through his career, watch the video above.