Sterling Heights, MI (Friday, July 17, 2020) - An announcement was made early last week that Portage, Michigan’s Carson Hocevar would pilot the #71 Lisa Thomas Salon Chevrolet, for veteran team T.K. Racing and owners Tom and Lisa Kmak during the 54th Annual Redbud 400 from Anderson Speedway while Johnny VanDoorn stayed home with a new child.. Hocevar inherited the same car that had gone to Victory Lane in the same race just one year prior, and he took full advantage of the situation.
Still riding momentum from earlier in the season, Hocevar prepared for one of the most prestigious Super Late Model Races in the country looking for a chance to go back to ARCA/CRA Victory Lane for the second time this season. Hocevar picked-up a popular win back in May during the Show Me State Showdown at Lebanon I-44 Speedway in Lebanon, MO - the triumph was his first career win in the ARCA/CRA Super Series.
Fast forward to July where Hocevar says luck was on his side. “I was just the lucky guy to fill in for Johnny. I hope he’s having fun at home watching. I hope I did him proud. I’m sure glad I was able to race this thing,” Hocevar said in Victory Lane.
While excited about the win, the 17-year-old Hocevar was feeling the effects of the 400 lap contest. “Feel tired as hell,” said Hocevar after the race. “Thank you to TK Racing, Butch, Johnny, everybody. It’s tough, man. It was tiring. It was 400 laps, you were up on the wheel a hundred times. I got really free at the end and Josh [Brock] started to reel me in,” Hocevar explained.
Hocevar is now two-for-two this season with the ARCA/CRA Super Series and would have a shot at being the only driver to win a race with the series in 2020, however, he elected not to attend the event from Jennerstown Speedway. Before I-44 Speedway, Hocevar had not seen victory lane on the tour.
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Story by - Zach Hiser, Motor City Racing Promotions
Photo - John Lund