STATESVILLE, N.C. – Niece Motorsports officials confirmed Friday that Carson Hocevar will run nine races for the team in the NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series next year.
Hocevar ran two Truck Series races in 2019, competing at Eldora Speedway and ISM Raceway. He qualified inside the top 20 and finished in the top 25 in both events.
“I’m really looking forward to this opportunity,” said Hocevar. “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.”
In addition to his pair of Truck Series starts, Hocevar competed in 12 ARCA Menards Series events, earning one pole – never starting lower than 12th – and scoring four top-five and 10 top-10 finishes.
In 2018, Hocevar made three ARCA starts, earning one pole and two top-five finishes.
“Carson has proven to be a very talented young racer, and we are looking forward to him continuing that with our team,” said team owner Al Niece. “We are excited to prove that last season wasn’t a fluke and are looking to run strong again in 2020.”
Niece Motorsports is coming off a strong junior season in 2019. Together Ross Chastain and Niece Motorsports earned one pole, three wins and 10 top-five finishes.
In addition, Chastain captured the most stage wins and led the most laps. Chastain and the No. 45 team finished second in both the driver and owner point standings.
Hocevar began racing quarter midgets when he was just six years old. He won 15 United States Auto Club championships and 79 national quarter midget races.
Under the guidance of 2008 Truck Series champion Johnny Benson Jr., Hocevar graduated to full-sized stock cars in 2015, and immediately made an impact by winning an Outlaw Late Model feature at Berlin Raceway in Marne, Mich., as a 12-year-old.
Later that summer, he earned his first super late model victory at Berlin at the age of 13, becoming the youngest winner in both late model divisions with his victories that season.
In 2016, Hocevar had a breakout season, winning the Berlin track championship as a 14-year-old — the youngest in NASCAR Whelen All-American Series history — and added three other victories on the regional JEGS/CRA All-Stars Pro Late Model Tour.
The remainder of Niece Motorsports’ driver lineup is forthcoming.