Spire Motorsports GEICO 500 Race Advance – Carson Hocevar

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  • Sunday’s Geico 500 will mark Carson Hocevar’s second career NCS start at Talladega Superspeedway. Zeigler Automotive Group will serve as the primary sponsor aboard the No. 77 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1.
  • Hocevar secured his first career top-10 finish in NASCAR’s premier division last week at Texas Motor Speedway. After qualifying 16th, the 21-year-old racer worked his way through the field to bring home Spire Motorsports first top-10 NCS finish on a non-drafting oval.
  • Zeigler Automotive Group is one of the largest privately-owned dealer groups in the U.S. with 84 franchises across 41 locations in Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, and Michigan. Vehicle brands represented include all the domestic and the majority of the imported manufacturers. Founded in 1975, the organization employs over 2,500 people, ranking among the top one percent of automotive dealers in the nation with estimated annual sales of $2.2 billion for 2023. The family-owned and -operated company is well known for its commitment to both customer service and employee satisfaction. Zeigler is regularly recognized as one of the Best and Brightest Companies to Work for in the Nation, also earning similar accolades in Wisconsin, Chicago, and Michigan. Besides these prestigious accolades, Zeigler is also one of Glassdoor’s 100 Best Places to Work in the U.S. for 2024, and among Glassdoor’s top 10 U.S. companies for work-life balance.
  • In his lone NCS start at Talladega Superspeedway, Hocevar started 38th and finished 35th after an on-track incident ended his day on Lap 161.
  • In three NCTS starts at Talladega Superspeedway, Hocevar has logged a 5.3 average start and a 21.3 average finish. He led 17 laps and completed 91.5 percent of the laps contested.
  • Hocevar leads the NCS Sunoco Rookie of the Year standings and is currently 22nd in the division’s championship points. Over the course of the season’s first nine races, Hocevar has notched one top-10 and three top-15 finishes.
  • In the past seven races, Hocevar has earned an average finish of 19 and completed 2,240 of 2,245 laps (99.8 percent).
  • The Portage, Mich., driver logged four NCTS wins in 2023 and finished third in the series’ championship point standings.
  • Hocevar will also be a guest at Clint Bowyer’s “The Big Show on the Boulevard” on Friday at 8 p.m. CT.

Carson Hocevar Quotes
What is the key to a good day at Talladega? 
“Of course, the thing is just surviving to the end. I felt like we did a good job with that in Texas and with the Duels at Daytona. Obviously, the Daytona 500 was a different story but I feel like we did everything we possibly could there. I am going try to be a good citizen and help people when I can and, hopefully, people will help me out when they can. We just want to be on the right end of it at the end of the race.”
How do you feel going into this week’s race after your first top-10 finish?  
“I feel pretty good. I wish we could take advantage of the metric for qualifying and be able to qualify later, but Talladega is obviously a little different. I am excited to build on that finish and have some positive momentum, especially with Zeigler Auto Group coming on for their first full primary of the year.”

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