PORTAGE, MI – Midwestern prodigy Carson Hocevar will look to make a lasting impression on the perennially-competitive Super Late Model scene this weekend, as he looks to master his first attempt at 5 Flags Speedway’s iconic Snowball Derby.
“This is the race that stands apart from anything else in the country,” says Hocevar. “It’s the one you think about all year. No matter where you’re racing, the Derby is in the back of your mind all the time.”
“I’m excited for the chance to see where our stuff stacks up against the best teams in the country,” continues the well-spoken teenager. “This is a huge opportunity for me. ‘The Derby’ is the biggest show in Short Track Racing and if we can qualify for it on our first try it would be something I’ll remember forever.”
The Portage, MI product made his name as a driver on the rise in the Pro Late Model ranks, amassing 4 wins and 13 top-5s with the CRA JEGS All-Stars Tour throughout 2017 and 2018, before transitioning into Super Late Model competition.
“This week is the one time every year where it feels like every single person in the racing world is in the same place at the same time,” says the up-and-comer. “If you can run strong during the Snowball Derby, then everyone’s going to know who you are. And, if you win, they’ll remember you forever.”
The 300-lap event is widely regarded as the most demanding event in the country, as drivers from across the continent hope to unload with both the right equipment and the right game-plan to be in the conversation for a win on Sunday afternoon.
“Once you’re in the show – anything can happen,” opines Hocevar. “Our number one goal is just to make it in on time. If we can qualify in without having to go through the Last Chance Race I think our whole team will be thrilled.”
“I know that we can be there at the end,” adds the Michigan native. “If we take care of our equipment all day, it’ll take care of us when we need it the most. I just have to make sure to pace myself and not race these guys too hard, too soon.”