Rocket Hockett – Wins 10 and 11!
(Bill W) June 16, 2009 – Two wins last weekend give Jesse “The Rocket” Hockett eleven on the season. He picked up victories at Lake Ozark Speedway and Double X Speedway and just missed a third at Midway Speedway over the weekend. This week, plans are to run with ASCS-Midwest in Cameron, Missouri on Friday, in Kalamazoo, Michigan with USAC on Saturday, and return to Double X Speedway on Sunday.
The weekend started Friday with a Winged Outlaw Warriors tilt at the Midway Speedway in Lebanon, Missouri. After winning the heat going away after starting on the tail (8th), Jesse entered the redraw for the feature. “We had a poker hand for the feature start, and we had a terrible hand, so we ended up in row three,” he says. “The track was good over there. There was definitely a top and a bottom, though the top was a little better. You could maneuver around in lapped traffic if you had to.”
Soon he was second behind Josh Fisher. “It took us about three laps to get to second, but we just drove with Fisher most of the time,” he says. “We were able to get by him at one point, but the yellow came out and we had to go back. He was fast in the open track, and we just couldn’t quite get him. It seemed every time we would get close to traffic, the yellow came out. We took one last shot at him on the bottom at the checkers, and it ended up being a photo finish.”
A night at Lake Ozark Speedway near Eldon, Missouri on Saturday followed the runner-up finish. Uncharacteristically, Jesse went backwards in the heat in the Jesse Hockett Racing #77. “We had a new car we were trying out this weekend, and we struggled a bit in the heat race,” he says. “We finally got it going for the feature.”
Starting eighth in the main event, Rocket wasted little time in getting to the front and cruising to his third LOS victory of the year. “The track was probably the best it has been this year,” he relates. “It had a good top, and I was running low quite a bit through traffic. There was a defined bottom, and we were able to get up through there for the win.”
It was back to California, Missouri on Sunday. “We won our heat, but with the three row invert, we started sixth in the feature,” says Jesse of his winning run. Curtis Evans started on the pole and drove away. By the time we got to second he was a half a lap ahead of us.”
That’s when he started reeling in the leader. “We were able to run him down the last half of the race,” says Jesse. “There were no caution flags, so we had to pretty much run him down. A little bit of traffic got him, and we were able to get by with three laps to go.”
Variety will be the spice again this weekend. Jesse will compete with the ASCS-Midwest sprinters at the US36 Raceway near Cameron, Missouri on Friday. On Saturday, he’ll make the long drive to Kalamazoo, Michigan to compete on the pavement with USAC, before returning Sunday to Double X.
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Last week’s answer: Jesse has won three features under the USAC banner. In September of 2006, he won in USAC/CRA action at United Sports Arizona in Tucson. In November of 2007 he won a prelim at the Perris (CA) Auto Speedway Oval Nationals. The next year he won the finale at the Oval Nationals worth $12,500.
Last week’s winner: Travis Nichols from Lee’s Summit, MO
This week’s question: What was Jesse’s first car number in sprint cars?
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On this week in 2006, Jesse topped a California 360 Civil War Series field at the Calistoga Speedway. The win was worth $2,300 and came ahead of Andy Forsberg, Peter Murphy, Garrett Ishii and Roger Crockett.
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Jesse was in Victory Lane again at Lake Ozark Speedway (Paul Gray/STLRacing.com Photo)
Submitted By: Bill Wright