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Carson Hocevar snags pole for inaugural Canadian Short Track Nationals

Cassie Fambro | STS

Carson Hocevar posted the fastest lap in qualifying for the 200-lap Canadian Short Track Nationals, establishing a track record for the inaugural Pro Late Model spectacular at Jukasa Motor Speedway in Hagersville, Ontario, Canada.

The event used a group time trials qualifying format and saw Derek Ramstrom hold the provisional pole until Bubba Pollard took over with an 18.440. Pollard held on to the spot until several expected contender went out in the final group.

Ultimately, it was Hocevar, the youngest driver on the track, who claimed the top spot with a 18.166.

“It’s pretty good, this place is pretty flat.” Hocevar said after the session. “We tested here and were pretty fast from the start. This place is fast and pretty slick.

“I really think we have a good chance to win the race.”

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series championship contender Noah Gragson is helping Hocevar and teammate Raphael Lessard at Jukasa.

Gragson received considerable cheers from the crowd for saying he was enjoying the experience and hoped to come back next year.

The reigning Oxford 250 winner Bubba Pollard came into the weekend as the expected favorite but only qualified sixth. However, he feels like he’s exactly where he should be.

“I think it’s the perfect qualifying spot, honestly.” Pollard said. “200 laps makes for a long race and it all depends on how it plays out.

Pollard, who did not test at Jukasa, said practice was a struggle. “We made some changes,” Pollard said. “It was much better for qualifying.”

The first 30 quickest made the race, the remaining 14 will compete in a last chance race.

Complete qualifying results can be found below.
1. Carson Hocevar 18.166
2. Brandon Watson 18.274
3. Johnny VanDoorn 18.315
4. Raphael Lessard 18.338
5. Jason Hathaway 18.340
6. Bubba Pollard 18.440
7. Jordan Sims 18.451
8. Patrick Laperle 18.452
9. Brian Campbell 18.527
10. JR Fitzpatrick 18.582
11. Jo Lawrence 18.601
12. Martin Latulippe 18.616
13. Harold Fair 18.646
14. Matt Pritiko 18.661
15. Kyle Reid 18.700
16. Derek Ramstrom 18.702
17. Shae Gemmel 18.720
18. Jesse Kennedy 18.728
19. Treyten Lapcevich 18.735
20. Wes Griffith Jr. 18.775
21. Rick Spencer-Walt 18.803
22. Shawn McGlynn 18.819
23. Nick Goetz 18.832
24. Cole Powell 18.833
25. Jaxson Jacobs 18.841
26. Cayden Lapcevich 18.880
27. Kent Vincent 18.888
28. Branden Verhoeven 18.895
29. Jake Sheridan 18.899
30. Lane Zardo 18.903
31. Billy Schwartzenburg 18.922
32. Matthew Shirley 18.988
33. Steve Laking 18.991
34. Matt Box 19.070
35. Steve Arrand 19.071
36. David Elliott 19.084
37. Patrick Freel 19.086
38. Taylor Holdaway 19.102
39. Andrew Gresel 19.119
40. Brady Smith 19.167
41. Joshua Stade 19.172
42. Paighton Jacobs 19.277
43. James Horner 19.349
44. Trevor Monaghan 19.415

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