Carson Hocevar Finds Five Flags Disappointment

Carson Hocevar Finds Five Flags Disappointment

Short track ace Carson Hocevar (No. 28 Scott’s/Berger Chevrolet/KBR Development Chevrolet) headed to Five Flags Speedway looking to complete some unfinished business. Hocevar started deep in the field in the Snowball Derby and charged through the pack only to be sidelined early after contact left him with too much damage to continue.

Hocevar returned to Pensacola with high hopes. His performances in a very limited ARCA Menards Series schedule in 2018 proved he could run up front. He earned the General Tire Pole Award at Berlin and scored top five finishes in two of his three starts.

Hocevar was near the front of the pack in practice and was an impressive third in General Tire Pole Qualifying. But the day’s optimism was quickly erased at the drop of the green flag when the engine ran off song. Hocevar did the best he could to keep the car on pace, but he had already drifted to 14th position by lap ten. On lap 28 he was lapped by leader Chandler Smith, and on lap 29 he came to the pits for an unscheduled stop so the team could diagnose the problem. A quick look under the hood didn’t cure Hocevar’s ails, and he was back on pit road for good after completing just 34 laps.

In the garage area, his team was able to find the culprit: a malfunctioning fuel pump.

I am really excited to just move on to Salem with our Scott’s KBR Chevrolet," Hocevar said. "I feel we had one of the best overall cars at Five Flags, and was real disappointing to not show it. Hopefully we can keep improving our speed even more at Salem with our KBR Development team."

Hocevar, who turned 16 in January, is not yet eligible to compete on the superspeedways in the ARCA Menards Series. He will be competing for the Sioux Chief Short Track Challenge title, which will continue April 14 with the Kentuckiana Ford Dealers ARCA 200 at Salem Speedway. Practice is set for 11 am ET on Saturday, April 13 with General Tire Pole Qualifying scheduled for 3 pm ET that afternoon. The green flag on round three of the 2019 ARCA Menards Series season will drop shortly after 2 pm ET on Sunday, April 14. The race will be televised live on MAVTV and ARCA for Me members can access live timing & scoring, live chat, and live track updates at New members can register for free at


Good luck in the short track races .