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Carson Hocevar returns to Niece Motorsports for this third full-time season in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series. Hocevar will compete in the No. 42 WWEX Racing Chevrolet Silverado for the entirety of the 2023 season.
After a strong rookie campaign in 2021, Hocevar continued to turn heads in his sophomore season. In 23 races, Hocevar tallied seven top-five and 12 top-10 finishes. In addition, the Michigan-native earned two stage wins and led 282 laps. Hocevar put the Series on notice in June, earning the pole at Sonoma Raceway, a mere seven days after sustaining a broken ankle at World Wide Technology Raceway.
Hocevar’s abilities are not relegated to one type of track. The young driver found the front of the field on dirt tracks, road courses, intermediate tracks, and short tracks.
While competitors have taken notice of Hocevar’s talent on the track, fans have taken notice of his fun and light-hearted personality off the track. Before climbing aboard his No. 42 Chevrolet on race weekends, Hocevar can often be spotted wearing unique hats.
In 2021, at the age of 18, Hocevar made the move to full time Truck Series competition, for his rookie campaign in the series. Hocevar had a strong rookie season, earning three top-five finishes and eight top-10 finishes. He notched a career-best second-place result at Charlotte Motor Speedway in the spring.
In addition, Hocevar made the Truck Series playoffs, advancing to the ‘Round of 8’ and narrowly missing a chance at the ‘Championship 4’.
The Michigan native, completed a partial schedule in the Truck Series in 2020, racing in seven events, with a best finish of 12th coming at Dover International Speedway.
In addition to a partial Truck Series schedule in 2020, Hocevar notched big Super Late Model wins at the Winchester 400 at Winchester Speedway, the RedBud 400 at Anderson Speedway, the Money in the Bank 150 at Berlin Raceway, and the Show Me State Showdown 125 at I-44 Speedway.
Hocevar ran two Truck Series races in 2019, at Eldora Speedway and Phoenix Raceway. He qualified inside the top-20 and finished in the top-25 in both events.
In 2019, Hocevar also competed in 12 ARCA Racing Series events, earning one pole – never starting lower than 12th – along with four top-five and 10 top-10 finishes.
In 2018, Hocevar made three ARCA Racing Series starts, earning one pole and two top-five finishes.
Hocevar began racing Quarter Midgets when he was just six years old. He won 15 United States Auto Club championships and 79 Quarter Midget National races.
Under the guidance of 2008 Truck Series champion Johnny Benson, Jr., Hocevar graduated to full-sized stock cars in 2015, and immediately made an impact by winning an Outlaw Late Model feature at Berlin Raceway in Marne, Michigan as a 12-year-old.
Later that summer, he earned his first Super Late Model victory at Berlin at the age of 13, becoming the youngest winner in both Late Model divisions with his victories that season.
In 2016, Hocevar had a breakout season, winning the Berlin track championship as a 14-year-old — the youngest in NASCAR Whelen All-American Series history — and added three other victories on the regional JEGS/CRA All-Stars Pro Late Model Tour.