By Luis Torres, Staff Writer
Carson Hocevar will run a nine-race NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series schedule for Niece Motorsports in 2020.
Hocevar will be joining a team that consists of Ty Majeski, who’ll run full-time in the No. 45 Chevrolet Silverado, and Ross Chastain, who confirmed Wednesday he’ll run a partial schedule as well.
Knowing this, the 16-year-old is excited to be a part of a team that had a breakout campaign with Chastain, scoring three wins and finished runner-up in points.
“I’m really looking forward to this opportunity,” Hocevar said. “Niece Motorsports has invested a lot in their program in the last few years, and the results are really showing. I’m excited to be able to work with and learn from drivers like Ty Majeski and Ross Chastain. I’m thrilled to get in race-winning equipment and hopefully learn a lot and compete at a high level.”
Hocevar ran two Truck Series races for two different teams, but due to unfortunate circumstances, his results don’t necessarily showcase his true potential.
His debut was at Eldora, driving for Jordan Anderson’s team where he ended up 25th. His next start was Phoenix, driving for Timmy Hill’s entity where he finished a lap down in 23rd.
Outside of NASCAR, the Portage, Michigan native ran 15 ARCA races from 2018-19 where he scored two poles and six top-fives.
Additionally, Hocevar’s craft began in quarter midgets when he was six years old and won 15 USAC championships and 79 Quarter Midget National races.
Then in 2015, Hocevar moved up to stock car racing and with tremendous help by 2008 Truck Series champion Johnny Benson, he scored a feature victory in an Outlaw Late Model race at Berlin Raceway at the age of 12.
From there, Hocevar won three races in the JEGS/CRA All-Stars Pro Late Model Tour and the track championship at Berlin in 2016, becoming the youngest champion in NASCAR Whelen All-American Series history.
Car owner Al Niece said that adding Hocevar on a partial schedule will further prove that his team, who’ll be entering its fifth season, is ready for an even stronger campaign due to his success the past few years.
“Carson has proven to be a very talented young racer, and we are looking forward to him continuing that with our team,” Niece said. “We are excited to prove that last season wasn’t a fluke and are looking to run strong again in 2020.”
Additional details regarding the rest of the team’s lineup will be announced at a later date.