Truck Series regular Carson Hocevar will step behind the wheel of the No. 42 NASCAR Chevy Camaro ZL1 for the Cup Series race at Darlington on Sunday, September 3rd, 2023. Hocevar will sub for Noah Gragson, who is still suspended due to interaction with a racially insensitive meme on social media.
Ironically, Hocevar already races under the No. 42, although his typical ride is a race-prepared NASCAR Chevy Silverado RST. He is currently fifth in Truck Series standings, having won three times this year at Texas in April, Nashville in June and most recently at Richmond in late July. So far, Hocevar has one Cup Series start driving the No. 7 Camaro as a sub at Gateway in June, finishing 36th after a catastrophic front brake rotor explosion.
“This is a great opportunity to get some seat time in the Cup Series and help out the team at [Legacy Motor Club],” said Hocevar in a statement. “I had the chance earlier this year to race at St. Louis in the Cup Series. I’m looking forward to working with [crew chief] Luke [Lambert] and the No. 42 team, and if anyone knows how to get around Darlington, Erik Jones does, so it will be great to have him as a teammate.”
Previously, Hocevar had plans to drive the No. 77 Camaro in the Xfinity Series at Darlington, but has since decided to shelve those plans so he can focus on racing in the Cup Series that weekend.
As a reminder, Gragson has asked for an early release from his contract with Legacy Motor Club, as he has been suspended indefinitely by both the team and NASCAR. As of this writing, there has not been an update regarding LMC’s decision on the matter, and it’s not clear who will drive the No. 42 NASCAR Chevy beyond this weekend’s event at Darlington.