There were plenty of lowlights at the NASCAR Truck Championship on Friday, with driver Carson Hocevar drawing criticism for his role in it all
Ben Rhodes rode away with his second NASCAR Truck Series Championship on Friday, but the biggest story on the track might have been the amount of sheanaigans that led to several collisions. Most notably, driver Carson Hocevar has been pointed out as one the main offenders.
Numerous crashes occured throughout the race. Notably, with 31 laps remaining, No. 42 driver Carson Hocevar made contact with Corey Heim and his no. 11 Safelite truck. Heim struck Stewart Friesen in the aftermath. Heim was able to recover and get back on the track but finished in 18th place.
Keim, meanwhile, got a little bit of payback on Hocever late in the race. The two drivers had another collision that eventually involved Grant Enfinger. The result likely cost Enfinger the title, as Rhodes sped to victory.
Hocever has been criticized in the past by other NASCAR drivers. They say he delivers ‘intentional hits’ to his fellow competitors.
That includes NASCAR legend Denny Hamlin, who is never shy with his opinion. He weighed in on the tactics. He’s calling for stricter penalties for drivers who pull the same kind of stunts as Hocever.
“Some of these are blatant enough that you can see that someone hits someone, and they kept pushing,” Hamlin told Fox Sports. “Those are the types of incidents, you just, you know; penalize.”
“I don’t think NASCAR is ever going to make that change.”
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