Berlin Champion Hocevar Heads Across Lake Michigan for Tuesday Night Special at WIR
Kaukauna, WI- Those that know Michigan short track racing have been describing 17 year old Carson Hocevar amongst the likes of other Wolverine state drivers that made it big, Brad Keselowski and Erik Jones. So far in 2020, the 2017 Berlin (MI) Raceway Champion has been proving them right. With two big wins already this season, Hocevar is looking for a third this Tuesday night August 4 at Wisconsin International Raceway during the ARCA Midwest Tour Gandrud Auto Group 250.
With 2 ARCA Menards Series poles to his credit, the 2017 CRA Rookie of the Year won the first major Super Late Model after the return to racing, held at Missouri’s Lebanon I-44 Speedway in May. A late race flat tire relegated Hocevar to last place in the running order with just seventeen laps remaining. He thrilled the Ozark crowd with a drive to the front and a daring last lap pass of Stephen Nasse for the ARCA CRA Super Series Show Me State Showdown 125 win. Then in mid-July, Hocevar subbed for Johnny Van Doorn in the TK Racing machine at Anderson (IN) Speedway, besting a tough field of Super Late Model competition including defending ARCA Midwest Tour and WIR Champion Casey Johnson to win the Redbud 400.
Fellow Michigan racer Johnny Benson, Jr has been a mentor throughout Hocevar’s racing career. Race fans will remember Benson as the 1993 ASA Champion who also went on to win the 1995 NASCAR Busch Grand National and 2008 NASCAR Truck Championships. Hocevar won an Outlaw Late Model Championship as a twelve year old at Berlin along with his 2017 Late Model title
Advance discount tickets for the Gandrud Auto Group 250 are $20 and can be purchased online at www.midwesttour.racing through August 3. Tickets will also be available on race day at the gate for $25. Spectator gates open at 4pm, qualifying will begin at 5pm with the first race at 7pm during the Tuesday Night August 4 Special Event at Wisconsin International Raceway.
A 28 car field is scheduled to start ‘Wisconsin’s Richest One Day Race’ which pays $10,000 to the winner of the 250 lap event and $1,200 to start. Drivers from ten states and Canada are expected to attempt to make the starting grid including NASCAR Cup Champion Kyle Busch. The Midwest Truck Series will join the ARCA Midwest Tour with the trucks contesting a 35 lap feature event.