Motorsports has evolved over the course of the last three decades. One of the biggest shifts we have seen in the age of the drivers, which seems to get lower and lower every year.
Carson Hocevar came into the ARCA Menards Series in 2018 as a fifteen-year-old phenom. He scored his first career General Tire Pole at Berlin Raceway, his home track. Hocevar had become the youngest driver in the legendary track’s history to win in a late model, something he did both in a wedge-bodied car and a template-bodied car at the age of fourteen.
Team owner Mike Bursley made a huge commitment for 2019 that included running every race. Hocevar would wheel the No. 28 Chevrolet on the short tracks with a rotation of drivers in the seat on the big tracks.
In twelve races, Hocevar scored ten top-ten finishes, four of which were among the top five. His best result of the season came early in the season at Salem Speedway, where he started from the General Tire Pole and finished third. He followed with a fourth-place run at Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville, a fifth-place finish at WWT Raceway at Gateway, and another fourth-place at Iowa Speedway.
The only times Hocevar finished outside the top ten were the two races he failed to finish, a seventeenth-place finish at Five Flags Speedway due to fuel pump failure and a fifteenth-place finish at DuQuoin due to overheating.
The now-sixteen-year-old Hocevar also made his NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series debut driving for Jordan Anderson Racing at Eldora Speedway. He made his second career Gander Trucks start recently at ISM Raceway, and finished 23rd.
And, since he’s a big part of the youth movement in stock car racing and has been racing at speeds over 100 miles per hour for a couple of years, it was also a big day when he earned his driver’s license early in the year and was able to legally drive on the street.
Despite only competing in twelve races, Hocevar finished twelfth in the final ARCA Menards Series championship standings.
ARCA’s 67th season will come to a close when Christian Eckes will officially be crowned the 36th ARCA Menards Series champion on Saturday, December 14 at the Championship Banquet held at the Indiana State Convention Center, held annually in conjunction with the Performance Racing Industry Trade Show. Tickets to the black tie gala, which are also available to the general public, are on sale now.