Hodgson finished 16th in the season-ending Dover 150, an impressive effort for the rookie who was forced to pit under the green flag for a flat tire. After being among the fastest of the 33 entries in both final practice and qualifying, some good old-fashioned bad luck took the No. 03 Ocala Gran Prix Dodge out of contention for a win early in the main event.
Still, Hodgson – who qualified 10th – was happy about the way the team performed in spite of the final result.
“We were really fast. During the race, we had a car that was for sure capable of winning,” said Hodgson, 19, of Escalon, Calif. “We were running seventh on one of the restarts when somebody jumped it behind me while the guy in front of me missed a shift or something. I got hit in the left rear, and it caused a leak in the tire."