Four drivers have won the Redbud 400, Winchester 400 and Snowball Derby in the same year, all boasting an incredible list of accomplishments: Butch Miller, Gary St. Amant, Kyle Busch and Erik Jones.
Carson Hocevar hopes to join that elite list on December 6, entering this year’s Snowball Derby at Five Flags Speedway with a shot at history.
“It would be pretty cool,” said Hocevar at the prospect of joining that list. “There’s no slouch on that list, they’re all one of the best. Being on that list would be huge.”
Hocevar is riding a wave of confidence and momentum following his Winchester 400 victory in October.
“I feel more confident than ever. That race is very humbling, you can’t go into it overconfident. Anybody would be lying if they said they’re a favorite to win. I think we’re hitting all the right strides and we’ve got really big momentum.”
The Winchester 400 victory was another in a long line of successes for the Michigan driver in 2020, who also scored wins in the Redbud 400, Money in the Bank and the Lucas Oil Show Me State Showdown.
“Once you are able to run at all these big races and run up front, be the one everybody is chasing, it’s pretty big. Our confidence has boosted, along with knowing you’re one of the guys, you belong up front. It’s been a blessing this year, so hopefully we can get the crown jewel of them all.”
While Hocevar has struggled in the past at Five Flags Speedway, he and the VanDoorn Racing Development team come with a new ace in the hole for this year’s Derby. With Bubba Pollard making the move to VanDoorn Racing Development, Hocevar is now teammates with one of the best to ever turn laps at the Pensacola half-mile.
“Having Bubba as a teammate is a really good benchmark and a good tool to learn myself as a race car driver as well as what we’ve been missing these last couple of years.
“He’s taught me a handful of stuff. That could have been the difference the last few years, running better than we did. Johnny’s not looking to race anytime soon, but he said he’s learned a bunch of stuff just talking to Bubba, learning what he has done the last couple of years what’s been wrong the last couple of years.
While joining the short list of drivers who have won the Redbud 400, Winchester 400 and Snowball Derby would mean a lot for Hocevar, just being a Snowball Derby winner would mean even more.
“The biggest list of all would be winning the Derby. You’re on the trophy forever, and you go into next year as the reigning champ. I think the win is more important than the trophy, but it would be cool to walk into the house every day and see it.”
Race fans unable to attend this year’s Snowball Derby on December 2-6 at Five Flags Speedway will be able to watch live on Speed51.TV.
-Story by: Zach Evans, Speed51 Content Supervisor – Twitter: @ztevans
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