By: Ashley McCubbin
“I just got beat today,” were the words from Carson Hocecar on Friday night at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
While he was able to get up to second and close the gap in the final laps, he was unable to track down John Hunter Nemechek for the eventual victory.
“Today, two more laps. That was key,” he told NEWS FROM THE PITS. “A little bit better restart, just executing, ironing out the details and being the better driver in the scenario.”
Although not the first trip to victory lane for Hocevar, it continues a solid trend of finishing well over the past couple weeks. He has placed inside the top-seven over the past three races including a pair of top-five’s, compared to six results prior to Darlington Raceway outside the top-10.
The track too tough to tame is where Hocevar points to being a significant reason for the change in tune, noting crew chief Phil Gould hit on something they had been working towards.
“We were terrible, terrible at Vegas,” he recalled. “We had rookie mistakes at my end, or mechanical issues – something seemed to happen. But I think a good racecar will triumph bad luck every day, and I think that’s a testament to the last three weeks especially COTA. We weren’t the fastest there, but played our strategy and maximized our points there. It’s just about hitting, executing all night and getting track position when it counts.”
With another intermediate track in Texas Motor Speedway on the horizon, it may not be long before Hocevar gets to experience the thrill of victory in the Truck Series.