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Hodgson Lands Top-10 In K&N Pro Series East Debut
GREENVILLE, S.C. – Cody Hodgson of Escalon, Calif., finished 10th in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East Kevin Whitaker Chevrolet 150 at Greenville Pickens Speedway on Saturday, April 2. Hodgson also qualified the No. 03 Ocala Gran Prix Dodge in the Top-10 in his series debut with Dave Davis Motorsports, posting the ninth-fastest speed on the 32-car starting grid. The Sunoco Rookie of the Year candidate rallied for the impressive finish after twice pitting to fix damage suffered in accidents involving other cars. In a race featuring 19 rookies in the field, only four of them finished ahead of Hodgson.
WHO: Cody Hodgson, Escalon, Calif.
TEAM: Dave Davis Motorsports No. 03 Ocala Gran Prix Dodge
WHAT: NASCAR K&N Pro Series East Kevin Whitaker Chevrolet 150
WHERE: Greenville Pickens Speedway, Greenville, S.C. (.500-mile oval)
LAPS LED: 0 times for 0 laps
NEXT RACE: April 16, South Boston 150, South Boston Speedway, South Boston, Va., (.400-mile oval)
CODY, TALK ABOUT YOUR RACE TONIGHT.
That first 50 laps, it was really about feeling everything out, feeling out what the car was going to do and the guys I was racing with that I've never raced with before. Once I got in my groove, it was a lot of fun.
Despite the fact that we had to pit twice and come back up through the field, I was really happy with my performance, and the team was happy with my performance. It makes you confident knowing that you can have a good day after all we went through.
HOW DOES IT FEEL TO BOTH QUALIFY AND FINISH IN THE TOP-10 IN YOUR FIRST K&N PRO SERIES EAST RACE?
I'm more than happy to just finish in the Top-10 in my first race, especially with everything that happened in the middle of the race. With having to pit a couple of times and all the damage we hand and then having to restart in the back, I wasn't even sure if I'd get anywhere near the Top-10.
The guys did awesome job in the pits to get us a good car. Had we we been better early on and qualified a little better, we had a Top-5 car, no problem, which is awesome.
WHERE DO YOU WANT TO IMPROVE HEADING INTO SOUTH BOSTON IN TWO WEEKS?
I know know what I need to do now, what I can get out of the car in qualifying, especially. Qualifying is really, really important in these races. But at the same time, if I don't get the qualifying I want, I know that I can just settle in early, stay out of wrecks and be able to move to the front.
I kept the car clean, never gave up and still came out of there with a Top-10 finish. So, I'm really excited about keeping things going.
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