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You have no doubt heard Robert Burns’ phrase, “the best-laid plans of mice and men often go awry.” That certainly could have labeled the start of Grant Sexton’s night at the annual Salute to Indy at Perris Auto Speedway. However, in typical Sexton fashion, the 18-year-old turned a negative into a positive by placing ninth and winning the “In Memory of Jim and Chet Gardner Hard Charger Award” by coming from last to finish ninth in the 30-lap main event.
The scenario began when the Sexton Gatlin Racing team hauled four cars to Perris for the important night of racing. Included were Grant’s #22 410 USAC/CRA sprint car, a #22 360 sprint car that his father Brent was going to race in The PAS Senior Sprints, a #44 POWRI Southwest Lightning Sprint for Brent, and a #3 for Geoff Dale to race in the lightning sprints as well.
Grant came into the night leading the Rookie of the Year points chase. However, disaster struck almost immediately when his oil pump broke. When repairs could not be made, he jumped into the 360 Brent was slated to drive in the Seniors. At the time, it seemed like he was bringing a knife to a gunfight giving up 50 cubic inches and a lot of horsepower to his competitors in USAC/CRA. It appeared he would go out and make some laps and score minimal points.
With everything going on in the pits, Grant missed qualifying. That was followed by a seventh-place finish in his nine-car heat race. The handwriting appeared to be on the wall. Then again, heat races and qualifying do not pay a lot of points. It is all about the main event.
For the 30-lap main, Grant started dead last in the 18th spot. Once again, he was giving up cubic inches and all that horsepower. Even though he is a talented young driver, just like his heat race the odds were stacked against him. Apparently, nobody told that to the affable teen. He kept out of trouble – and there was a lot of that going on in the race – and began to move forward. In the race’s late stages, he swept into the 10th spot and when the Steve Russell checkered flag ended the race, he was in ninth.
In addition to being the Rookie of the Year point leader, Grant jumped another spot in the standings and is now eighth in USAC/CRA points. Next up for him will be the Bubby Jones/Ray Sheetz Memorial at Perris on June 10th.
On the POWRi Southwest Lightning Sprint Car portion of the program, Brent Sexton, the 2021 champion, and Dale gave a very good account of themselves. Brent, who won the last race at Perris on April 15th, started fifth in the heat race, and finished second. Dale, who was contesting his first-ever SWLS race, began the heat in seventh and finished sixth.
The two drivers started in the same spots in the 20-lap main event. Brent moved forward early on and was looking fast. However, in the latter stages of the main event, it became obvious that he was losing speed. He managed to hang onto the second-place spot. When the crew examined the car in the pits after the race, they found the culprit of his decreasing momentum. He had a badly cracked front axle.
Dale gave a great account of himself. Picking up speed throughout the night, he ended up finishing fourth and nabbed the race “Hard Charger” award.
Sexton Gatlin Racing would like to thank the following companies for making the 2022 season possible. Keys Brothers, East County Electric Works, Maxima Oil, Automated Interiors, Sexton Fire Protection, BK Wings, Troy Dirt, Victory Graphix, and Swift Powdercoat.
Just 24 hours after one of the most heartbreaking races of his career, sweet redemption came Sunday for Nolan Siegel.
Rookie Siegel earned his first career INDY NXT by Firestone victory on the streets of Detroit, taking the lead on Lap 2 from his No. 3 starting spot in the No. 39 HMD Motorsports with DCR car and holding off his rivals on two restarts. Siegel crossed the finish line .6559 of a second ahead of championship leader and teammate Christian Rasmussen in the No. 6 HMD Motorsports with DCR machine.
SEE: Race Results
Siegel, 18, who graduates from high school this Friday in Northern California, led by more than five seconds with two turns to go in the first race of the INDY NXT by Firestone Detroit Grand Prix on Saturday when a driveshaft broke while the checkered flag was waving. He limped across the finish in eighth place in the 45-lap race won by Reece Gold.
“It’s absolutely amazing,” Siegel said. “Yesterday was obviously super disappointing. I think we deserved two (wins) this weekend. But to get it today after what happened yesterday, it’s not losing – it’s how you come back from a loss like that and how you come back from a bad day. We came back from a bad day and won.
“I think that shows a lot about our team, and I think we’re going to be up here a lot more.”
Pole sitter Louis Foster finished third in the No. 26 Copart/USF Pro Championship car Sunday, followed by Andretti Autosport teammate Hunter McElrea in the No. 27 Smart Motors car. Danial Frost rounded out the top five in the No. 68 HMD Motorsports with DCR machine.
Foster and Rasmussen drag-raced down the long back straightaway on E. Jefferson Avenue at the start of the 45-lap race on Lap 2 after the initial start was waved off, with Rasmussen on the outside. Both drivers went wide in the Turn 3 hairpin corner at the end of the straight, leaving an opening for Siegel to dart through for the lead.
Siegel then showed the same smooth speed and composure on display Saturday when it appeared he was cruising to victory, building a gap of one second before the field bunched for a full-course caution on Lap 15 when Jagger Jones hit the barrier at the exit of Turn 2 in the No. 98 Lead Sled car fielded by Cape Motorsports.
Rasmussen pulled on the outside of Siegel in the Turn 3 hairpin on the ensuing restart on Lap 20, but Siegel stayed tight to the apex of the corner and kept the lead. Siegel then gradually drove away from the field, building a lead of 1.6 seconds when Kyffin Simpson hit the barrier in Turn 9 in the No. 21 HMD Motorsports with CGR car, triggering the third and last full-course caution of the race.
The race was decided on a two-lap dash to the checkered after the restart on Lap 44. Siegel got a good jump on E. Jefferson Avenue and never was challenged into the Turn 3 hairpin, pulling away over the last two trips around the nine-turn, 1.7-mile temporary street circuit with no mechanical gremlins before the finish.
Rasmussen kept the championship lead with his runner-up finish by just two points over the surging Siegel, 178-176.
The next race is the INDY NXT by Firestone Grand Prix at Road America on Sunday, June 18 in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin.
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Flowdynamics Drivers Williams and McCarthy Postseason Best Finishes in the Salute to Indy
Flowdynamics drivers Logan Williams and Matt McCarthy recorded season-best finishes in the annual Salute to Indy last Saturday at Perris Auto Speedway. Williams came home fifth at the end of the 30-lapper and McCarthy placed eighth.
The annual Salute to Indy began in 1948 and has been contested more than 70 times. However, when legendary Ascot Park in Gardena closed at the conclusion of the 1990 season, the race was put on ice until Perris Auto Speedway brought it back during its first season of operation in 1996. Since then, the prestigious event has regained its luster and it’s one of the most coveted sprint car races on the West Coast. It is a big deal for all drivers, including McCarthy and Williams, to be a part of the once-a-year show.
Things began well for the flow dynamics team from the get-go on Saturday. Williams, who makes his home in Yorba Linda, California was the sixth-fastest qualifier in the 18-car field with a time of 16.901. Directly behind him with a time that was less than a tick of the clock slower was McCarthy who was seventh fastest at 16.907.
For the first time this year, the teammates were not matched against each other in heat race action. While McCarthy was not competing against Williams in the first heat race of the night, he was competing against Williams two older brothers. At the end of the 10 Lapper, the Riverside, California racer ended up finishing sixth. Moments later Williams finished fifth in his heat.
Coming into the main event, McCarthy had 15th and ninth-place finishes this season. Williams had a 22nd-place finish and a seventh. The two friendly drivers lined up next to each other in row four. Williams was on the inside in seventh and McCarthy was starting just to his right in the eighth position. In the fast 30-lapper, Williams, the son of National Sprint Car Hall of Famer Rip Williams, advanced two spots to fifth. It was his first top-five finish of the year. McCarthy was in the middle of a multi-car war and finished in eighth.
So far in 2023, the Flowdynamics duo has confined its racing to Perris Auto Speedway. That means they have contested three of the 10 USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series races. Despite that fact, Williams is ranked 19th in the series point standings and McCarthy is six points behind him in 21st. Williams is only 10 points out of 16th. That makes McCarthy 16 points out of the same spot.
Whenever you get the chance to meet the Flowdynamics drivers in person, be sure to visit them in the pits. They will be glad to sign autographs for you and each will have their fine-looking team shirts available.
McCarthy and Williams would like to thank the following sponsors for making the 2023 season possible. Flowdynamics Inc., PurgePlugs.com, Cal Therm Mechanical Insulators, JFK Design Build, So Cal Racing Fuel, and Full Throttle Lift.
Big Machine Racing - Portland Race Report
What a day. Parker Kligerman and the Spiked Coolers No. 48 started on a high note with a P1 in practice.
Then, in qualifying, a gear box problem meant the crew had to climb under the car and make a change. That meant starting the race in the back of the pack.
But Parker and the team scratched, clawed and powered their way back to P2.
With a caution at the end of the race, it was time too go for it.
After a Lap 73 yellow flag for debris on the track, Justin Allgaier held the lead for the overtime restart on Lap 76. Right behind Allgaier, Kligerman steered to the inside and charged the first corner, carrying Allgaier wide and knocking Sheldon Creed off the track.
From the inside lane, Cole Custer took the lead through Turn 1. Allgaier got to Custer’s bumper on the final lap, but he couldn’t make the pass for the win. Custer won by .142 seconds, his first victory of the season.
“I went for it. It was the correct move to make to win,” says Kligerman. “Just mis-timed.”
Parker’s 14th place finish keeps him in 14th place with 307 points for the season.
The team heads down the west coast to Sonoma for the DOORDASH 250, this Saturday June 10.
Race starts at 5:00 pm pacific time.
Watch it on FS1 and hear the radio broadcast on Sirius/XM channel 90 and PRN affiliates nationwide.
Grandview Speedway Quick Results - June 3, 2023
Grandview Speedway will be presenting another NASCAR Advance Auto Parts Weekly Series program next week featuring the T.P. Trailer NASCAR Modifieds and T.P. Truck Equipment NASCAR Sportsman starting at 7:30 pm.
The show on Saturday, June 10 will include qualifying events for both classes leading into a 30-lap T.P. Trailer Modified feature and a 25-lap feature for the T.P. Truck Equipment Sportsman.
Pit gates will open at 4 pm. with grandstand gates opening at 5:30 pm. warm-ups starting at 6:15 pm. and the first race of the evening getting the green flag at 7:30 pm.
Adult grandstand admission is $20, students 10-15 with ID are $10, while children ages 9 and under are admitted free of charge. Pit admission is $35 for NASCAR members and $45 for non-members.
This event will be preceded by The Outlaw Racing Series Enduro/Vintage program joined by the Xcel 600 Modifieds on Friday, June 9 starting at 7 pm.
Speedway management will be rolling back the clock on Saturday, June 24, with Back to the 90’s Night and just $10 grandstand admission!
Three special races are on the race schedule for the near future including the USAC National Sprint tour Eastern Storm Sprint Cars on Tuesday, June 13, PA 410 Sprint Car Speedweek on Tuesday, June 27, and a first-time presentation of the all-new High Limit 410 Sprint Car series on Tuesday, July 25, all starting at 7:30 pm.
Since the 1960’s, Grandview Speedway has been presenting exciting wheel to wheel NASCAR stock car racing every Saturday Night starting in April and running through October, plus special events. Grandview Speedway is located at 43 Passmore Road, Bechtelsville, Pa. 19505, just off Route 100, ten miles north of Pottstown, Pa.
Information is always available at www.grandviewspeedway.com or on Facebook, or by telephone at 610.754.7688.
RESULTS SUMMARY – A.D. MOYER LUMBER COMPANY NIGHT – JUNE 3, 2023
T.P. TRAILER NASCAR MODIFIED FEATURE FINISH (30 laps): BRETT KRESSLEY, Jeff Strunk, Craig Von Dohren, Mike Lisowski, Doug Manmiller, Bobby Trapper Jr., Kevin Hirthler, Ryan Grim, Kevin Graver Jr., Ryan Watt, Tim Buckwalter, Ray Swinehart, Jimmy Leiby, Bobby Gunther-Walsh, John Willman, Jesse Leiby, Joe Funk, Jared Umbenhauer, Chris Gambler, Ron Haring Jr., Ryan Beltz, Chris Esposito, Eric Biehn, Craig Whitmoyer, Eddie Strada, Justin Grim, Dylan Swinehart, Darrin Schuler
DID NOT QUALIFY: Glenn Owens, Mark Kratz, Nate Brinker, Eric Kormann
T.P. TRUCK EQUIPMENT NASCAR SPORTSMAN FEATURE FINISH (25 laps): LOGAN BAUMAN, Brian Hirthler, Logan Watt, Kyle Smith, Ryan Graver, Zach Steffey, Mike Schneck Jr., Brett Gilmore, Mark Kemmerer, Adrianna Delliponti, Addison Meitzler, Cody Manmiller, Jesse Hirthler, Nathan Mohr, Michael Burrows, Parker Guldin, Molly Struss, Kenny Bock, Kyle Hartzell, Tom Miller Jr., TJ Mayberry, Jesse Landis, Brad Grim, Zane Roth, Colton Perry, Hunter Iatalese, Mark Mohr
DID NOT QUALIFY: Dakota Kohler, Ronnie Solomon, Nick Faust, Joey Vaccaro, Keith Haring, Andy Ressler, Kaitlyn Bailey, Nate Horn, Tom Miller Sr., Dallas Breidenbach, Decker Swinehart
WINGLESS SUPER SPORTSMAN FEATURE FINISH (20 laps): CLIFF BRIAN JR., Bill Brian Jr., Trent Yoder, Chad Thomas, Andy Burkhart, Troy Fraker, Brett Perigo, Steve Wilbur, Ricky Rutt, Jason Moore, DNS – Rohan Beasley
UPCOMING EVENTS –
Friday, June 9 – Outlaw Racing Series Enduro, Outlaw Racing Series Vintage, Xcel 600 Modifieds – 7 pm
Saturday, June 10 – T.P. Trailer NASCAR Modifieds, T.P. Truck Equipment NASCAR Sportsman – 7:30 pm
Tuesday, June 13 – THUNDER ON THE HILL RACING SERIES –JESSE HOCKETT CLASSIC EASTERN STORM – USAC National Sprint Tour, 358 Modifieds* - 7:30 pm - PIONEER POLE BUILDINGS NIGHT
Saturday, June 17 – T.P. Trailer NASCAR Modifieds, T.P. Truck Equipment NASCAR Sportsman plus TRIVIA NIGHT – 7:30 pm
Saturday, June 24 – BACK TO THE 90’S NIGHT - $10 GRANDSTAND ADMISSION - T.P. Trailer NASCAR Modifieds, T.P. Truck Equipment NASCAR Sportsman – 7:30 pm.
Tuesday, June 27 – THUNDER ON THE HILL RACING SERIES – 33rd annual Pennsylvania 410 Sprint Car Speedweek Series – $10,000 to win 410 Sprint Hodnett Cup, 358 Modifieds* - 7:30 pm - HVAC DISTRIBUTERS PARTNERS FOR SUCCESS NIGHT
Tuesday, July 25 – THUNDER ON THE HILL RACING SERIES – High Limit Sprint Car Series - $23,023 to win 410 Sprints – 7:30 pm - LEVAN MACHINE AND TRUCK EQUIPMENT PRESENT THE RICH MAR FLORIST HIGH LIMIT SPRINT NIGHT
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Corn Belt Hero! Swanson Scores Last Lap Triumph at Knoxville
Langley, Donnelly Split Late Model Stock Car Twinbill in Saturday’s Bojangles Night Race at South Boston Speedway
The lengthy string of nine wins that Carter Langley and six-time South Boston Speedway champion Peyton Sellers of Danville, Virginia had achieved between themselves at South Boston Speedway this season was broken in Saturday night’s Bojangles Night Race event, but not before Langley had extended the string one more time.
Langley, of Zebulon, North Carolina, won the first race of the twin 75-lap Sentara Health Late Model Stock Car Division races that highlighted the Bojangles Night Race event, edging Sellers by just a few feet at the finish line to record his fifth win of the season and extend the string.
Aaron Donnelly of Stafford, Virginia won the second race, edging Sellers by about a foot as they crossed the finish line, and crashed into the wall in the first turn after taking the checkered flag. The damage to the car was extensive enough that the car had to be towed to victory lane by a wrecker.
“It was a heck of a way to get my first Late Model win,” Donnelly said with a big smile. “I’m glad to finally get a win tonight. We needed this win badly. I was going to do whatever it took.”
Donnelly and Sellers battled each other hard in the closing laps, making contact as they approached and crossed the finish line. Donnelly’s official margin of victory was .088-second.
“Peyton ran me clean,” Donnelly pointed out. “My car started going away the last 15 or 20 laps. He could have jacked me up and probably have wrecked me and won the race. I kind of forced the issue. I wanted to get my first win bad. I’ve been on the other side with him. I was doing my best to not let it happen again tonight.”
Donnelly said coming to the finish line “we didn’t hit too hard. I kind of ran into him and he didn’t run me into the wall. I appreciate him not wrecking me in the last corner.”
Donnelly took the blame for the last-lap crash.
“I was so focused on where Peyton was,” he explained. “I looked back up and got too high on the straightaway. I was going too fast and couldn’t get the car back down. I was going to win at all costs.”
Sellers, who has four wins at South Boston Speedway this season, ended the night with a pair of runner-up finishes. He said it wasn’t a bad night.
“It was good racing for the fans,” Sellers remarked. “We came up on the short side of it but it’s all about putting on a show for these fans. We had a good average for the most part. You hate to let them get away from you like that too.”
Sellers noted that Donnelly was good on the high side of the track.
“He was rim-riding the whole night,” Sellers said. “He made a lot of speed. On that last corner, he made way more speed than he had the few laps before. When he sent it off in there, I really thought I could get to him and at least get a nose out ahead of him. At the end of the day, it just didn’t work out. He had a good car.”
Langley took the lead from Sellers with six laps left in the race and then had to fend off Sellers in a three-lap dash to the finish that followed the race’s only caution period to win the first 75-lap race.
He had to settle for an eighth-place finish in the second race due to an issue with his car’s clutch. It was the first time he had not finished in the top three at South Boston Speedway this season.
“Peyton puts up a great fight,” Langley pointed out. “I try to give him a run for his money every week. We had a good car in the first race, and I felt we had a really good car for the second race. I was going down the backstretch at the start of the (second) race and was ready to take green flag and the clutch pedal went to the floor. I couldn’t get the car into gear until we came off of turn three. It put us behind.”
Mike Looney of Catawba, Virginia finished third behind Langley and Sellers in the first 75-lap race. Trevor Ward of Winston-Salem, North Carolina finished fourth and Thomas Scott of Efland, North Carolina finished fifth.
Looney finished third in the second race as well with Landon Pembelton of Amelia, Virginia and G.R. Waldrop rounded out the top five finishers.
The nightcap ran caution free and saw two lead changes between Donnelly and Sellers. Donnelly led all but four laps of the race.
Nathan Crews Scores First Budweiser Limited Sportsman Division Race Win
Nathan Crews of Long Island, Virginia, who had won two South Boston Speedway Pure Stock Division championships, scored his first career win in South Boston Speedway’s Budweiser Limited Sportsman Division Saturday night and did it in a dominant fashion.
Crews grabbed the lead with a three-wide move in the third turn on the opening lap and led the entire 50-lap distance, scoring a 7.644-second win over runner-up Bob Davis of Thaxton, Virginia.
With the win Crews became the fifth different driver in as many races to visit Victory Lane in the division this season.
Dusty Garus of Summerville, South Carolina finished third with Carter Russo of Rougemont, North Carolina and Drew Dawson of Nathalie, Virginia rounding out the top-five finishers. The second-place effort by Davis and the third-place finish for Garus were their best efforts of the season to date.
Johnny Layne Sweeps Southside Disposal Pure Stock Division Twinbill
Johnny Layne of Halifax, Virginia had a big night Saturday night, sweeping the twin 15-lap Southside Disposal Pure Stock Division races held during Saturday night’s Bojangles Night Race event at South Boston Speedway.
Saturday night’s sweep gives Layne, a two-time former division champion, four wins in the season’s first five races.
Layne won the pole and led the entire race in the first race, edging B.J. Reaves of South Boston, Virginia by .429-second. Zach Reaves of Danville, Virginia finished third with Jarrett Milam of Keeling, Virginia and Caleb Sanford of South Boston, Virginia completing the top five finishers.
Starting seventh in the nightcap as the result of an inverted start among the top finishers of the first race, Layne quickly got to the front of the field, speeding past Reaves on the fourth lap to take the lead.
Once in front, Layne was able to stay there the rest of the way and finished .473-second ahead of Sanford. B.J. Reaves finished third, Bruce Mayo of Halifax, Virginia finished fourth and Scott Phillips of Halifax, Virginia rounded out the top five finishers.
Cameron Goble Scores Victory In The 20-Lap VSP HEAT Hornets Division Race
Cameron Goble of Ringgold, Virginia won Saturday night’s 20-lap Virginia State Police HEAT Hornets Division race at South Boston Speedway and became the first repeat winner in the division this season.
There had been different winners in the season’s first four races heading into this event.
The finishing order of the race is being reviewed and a final decision on the official outcome will be made in the coming week.
Next Race At South Boston Speedway
NASCAR racing will return to South Boston Speedway on Saturday night, June 17 with the Sentara Health Prelude to the 200.
First Responders Night presented by Viny’s Italian Restaurant will be held as part of the event. All first responders will be admitted free with a valid department ID/badge or a department roster signed by the chief with accompanying government-issued ID.
Twin 60-lap races for the Sentara Healthcare Late Model Stock Car Division will headline the night’s racing action. Also scheduled are twin 30-lap races for the Budweiser Limited Sportsman Division, a 25-lap race for the Southside Disposal Pure Stock Division and a 20-lap race for the Virginia State Police HEAT Hornets Division.
Practice will start at 3:30 p.m. and qualifying will begin at 6 p.m. The first race of the night will get the green flag at 7 p.m.
Advance adult general admission tickets are priced at $12 each and may be purchased online on South Boston Speedway’s website, www.southbostonspeedway.com or by calling the speedway office at 434-572-4947 or toll free at 1-877-440-1540 during regular business hours.
Tickets at the gate on race day will be $15 each. Seniors ages 65 and older, military, healthcare workers, and students (with ID) can purchase tickets for $12 each at the gate on race day.
The latest news and updates for fans and competitors can be found on the speedway’s website and the track’s social media channels. Information may also be obtained by phoning the speedway at 434-572-4947 or toll free at 1-877-440-1540 during regular business hours.
Garcia Earns Track-Best Result at Gateway with Top-10 Effort
Bayley Currey - Toyota 200 Race Recap
Currey On Saturday’s Race at World Wide Technology Raceway: “I feel like I learned a lot this weekend. It was my first time racing at Gateway so I had a few mistakes, but ran inside the top-15 for most of the race and finished just outside. Overall, I’m just very fortunate to drive these fast trucks with the support of Unishippers and WWEX Racing and I’m looking forward to the next one.”
Race Recap: A fifth-place run in Friday’s practice session had Bayley Currey feeling confident about his chances in Gateway. He then backed up his quick time in practice with a starting position just outside the top-ten.
Much like the trend a week ago in Charlotte, the first two stages went smooth for Currey and the No. 41 team. The Texan ran top-15 for most of the race, collecting a 16th-place finish at the end of Stage One. At the conclusion of the stage, Currey was able to stay out on track and gain track position after coming to pit road just a few laps before the stage ended. When the race restarted, Currey fell back to 17th and would finish the stage in 19th as the trucks with fresh tires would make their way through the field.
In the final stage of the race, the Texas-driver drove inside the top-ten before falling back later in the run. In the midst of a long-run in the third stage, Mike Hillman Jr. would bring the No. 41 down pit road for four tires and fuel as gas became a concern on pit road. Unfortunately, Currey caught an untimely caution which put him stuck a lap down until the next yellow when he was awarded the free pass.
When it was over, Bayley Currey would cross the line in 16th while the No. 41 fell to 14th in the owner’s championship standings.
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Carson Hocevar - Toyota 200 Race Recap
Hocevar on Saturday’s Race at World Wide Technology Raceway: “This was one of the most exhausting races of the season thus far. From starting up front, to getting in a wreck on lap one, to finishing in the top-five, this one was wild for our No. 42 Worldwide Express team. This was a very fast truck, and it shows by this finish with all the damage to the door. That’s a testament to how hard these Niece Motorsports guys work and I hope we can keep this momentum up in Nashville after the break.”
Race Recap: Coming into this weekend’s race at World Wide Technology Raceway, Carson Hocevar has been arguably the hottest driver in the NASCAR CRAFTSMAN Truck Series. When the checkered flag flew on the Toyota 200, that statement still rings true after his fourth straight top-five finish. Although, Hocevar’s weekend wasn’t as smooth as the No. 42 team would’ve liked.
While Hocevar put his Worldwide Express Chevrolet Silverado fourth in Friday’s qualifying session, he was forced to start in the rear due to a fuel pressure issue. But, Hocevar’s problems continued on lap one as a spinning truck would tag the side of his Silverado and create substantial damage. Despite the damage causing the 42 to visit the pits more than a handful of times, he was able to rally for ninth-place stage points in Stage One.
Stage Two contained more of the same for Hocevar as crew chief, Phil Gould, would bring him down pit road multiple times to repair the damage to his truck. The Michigan-born driver would wind up finishing 30th in the second stage.
In a caution-filled final stage, Hocevar was able to make continuous gains to position himself in the top-five after a two-tire call with 54 laps to go. But in the end, and a NASCAR Overtime finish, the driver of the No. 42 would finish in fourth-place and advance to eighth in the driver’s championship standings.
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