Hocevar Salem Preview
KBR & Hocevar return to Salem for second time in 2019
– Carson Hocevar will travel with his KBR Development team to Salem Speedway on Saturday, September 14. The eighteenth race, and ARCA’s second appearance at the Salem, Indiana bullring will be Hocevar’s eleventh ARCA Menards Series start of 2019.
– Hocevar captured the General Tire Pole in ARCA’s spring event at Salem Speedway, and finished third in the night race which was rain shortened just beyond halfway.
– Hocevar has been competing in the ARCA Menards Series Sioux Chief Short Track Challenge, spanning 12 events in 2019. Hocevar’s only remaining ARCA race will come at Lucas Oil Raceway, in the Herr’s Potato Chips 200 on October 5.
– The 16-year-old Portage, Michigan driver will pilot KBR’s #28 Scott’s, GMPartsNow.com Chevrolet SS in the 200-lap race, which will be shown live on MAVTV beginning at 7:00 p.m. ET.
“I’m excited to get back to Salem! We had a lot of success earlier this year with our GMPartsNow Chevrolet, getting the pole, leading a handful of laps and finishing up third. I think we should have a good baseline and improved package from earlier this year, to hopefully get those two extra spots with our KBR Development car on Saturday night.”
Hocevar DuQuoin Winchester Weekend Recap
ARCA Menards Series & ARCA/CRA Super Series
– Carson Hocevar competed in his 10th ARCA Menards Series event of 2019 on Saturday, August 31. The race, which was held at the DuQuoin State Fairgrounds, was the 17th of 20 scheduled ARCA races.
– Hocevar finished practice fifth, and qualified fourth in the KBR #28 GMPartsNow.com, Scott’s Coins, Chevrolet SS. When the race went green Saturday night, Hocevar and team felt confident with the pace the car had. Unfortunately, overheating would force Carson to ride at the tail of the field off-pace after just a handle of laps were complete in the Southern Illinois 100. The #28 was scored 15th in the end, finishing 21-laps down and off-track.
– Hocevar also competed with the ARCA/CRA Super Series on Sunday afternoon in Winchester, Indiana. After missing open practice on Saturday due to the conflicting ARCA Menards Series event, Hocevar and the KBR team had a short time to dial in the #14 Precision Fleet Image, Berger Chevrolet super late model.
– Green flag at the ‘World’s Fastest Half Mile’, Winchester Speedway, flew at 2:00 p.m. on Monday afternoon. After starting deep in the field, Hocevar would bide his time through the first 45-laps until the events first caution.
– After coming to pit road to tighten the loose race car, Hocevar would pick up several spots once back green. On lap 56, a front suspension component would break on the #14, forcing Carson to pit road and ending the day. Hocevar was scored officially scored 15th.
“It was definitely a very disappointing weekend for us. We had a fast car at DuQuoin but just over heated and couldn’t get it to cool down. And we had pretty high hopes on Monday with the super late model, but that didn’t go as planned either. We’ll look for redemption there when we go back for the 400 in October. One of those weekends we are ready to move on from.”
Lessard Competes in Jukasa Canadian Nationals
Pro Late Model event - $75,000-to-Win
Youngster Raphael Lessard returned to the seat of KBR Development car in the 2019 Canadian Short Track Nationals. After competing for the victory in the inaugural in 2018, the team with Raphael returned with high hopes.
55 Cars were on hand for the huge $75,000-to-Win Pro Late Model event at Jukasa Speedway. Lessard started eighth, in the race that was delayed by weather. After running with the leaders early on, the #20 would experience a punctured tire, causing Lessard to hit the outside wall and ending the day early.