Carson Hocevar may have finished where he started in Friday night’s Rackley Roofing 200 at Nashville Superspeedway. However, a third place result was a great confidence booster for the 19-year-old Portage, Michigan native.
Prior to 14th round of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season, Hocevar’s recent results were feast or famine.
Notably, he pulled back-to-back runner up results at the Bristol Dirt and Darlington races before placing 15th at Kansas. Taking fourth at Texas, the personable racer finished a heartbreaking 16th before suffering an ankle injury from a crash at Gateway.
With relief help from Daniel Suárez, Hocevar was credited with a sixth place finish before an engine failure cost him a shot at winning at Knoxville.
Undoubtedly, the fourth year Truck racer headed into Nashville trying to keep his head up high despite the recent rollercoaster swings.
“Our No. 42 Worldwide Express team is more than ready to break out of this recent stretch of bad luck with a strong run in Nashville,” he said in a team press release. “We’ve shown a lot of speed of late and it’s only a matter of finishing races as we get into the last few races before the start of playoffs. The confidence within this team has never wavered and we’re looking forward to a strong run in Nashville.”
Hocevar kicked off the weekend by qualifying third, his ninth top 10 qualifying effort of the season. Placing sixth following stage 1, Hocevar overcame some contact with John Hunter Nemechek as he made his march up the leaderboard in the final stage.
During the final 10 lap dash to the finish, Hocevar caught leader, Ryan Preece, and stage 1 winner, Zane Smith. On the final lap, it looked like Hocevar would take second from Smith before being bested at the stripe.
Settling for third, Hocevar considered the positives from an eventful race night at the 1.33-mile concrete speedway.
“We started third and restarted 36th twice,” Hocevar said. “And I managed to get back up to third. It was good to finally just finish a race and not having anything dumb or blow a good finish. We were able to persevere and do what we had to do with a little bit of strategy.”
Maintaining his eighth place points standings ranking, Hocevar and his Truck rivals have a week off until race 15 of 23 of the season. The O’Reilly Auto Parts 150 at Mid-Ohio on Saturday, July 9 (1:30 p.m. ET on FS1), the penultimate event of the regular season, awaits the competitive Truck field.