Darin Mock Has Tough Luck End His Day Early at Leguna Seca

April 26, 2022

Darin Mock Has Tough Luck End His Day Early at Leguna Seca

With high hopes, a throwback scheme and ready to rock success at Weather Tech Leguna Seca, Darin Mock had it all taken away as fast it started – literally.

Mock was driving the No. 75 Hodgdon Ford Mustang for Mike Cope Racing. The special livery was a tribute to his dad Butch Mock’s NASCAR team of Rahmoc Racing when Neil Bonnett took the Hodgdon sponsor to Victory Lane a few times in 1983.

Mock had a solid practice session at the 11-turn course, which bolstered the rookie’s confidence as a first-time competitor at Leguna Seca. He backed that up with a 15th-place qualifying run, out of 46 cars.

However, it all came to a crunching halt when the 19-year-old wheelman got caught up in a multi-car wreck on lap one in Turn 3. A damaged front end and busted radiator ended his race early, relegating him to an undeserving 39th-place finish.

“I was pretty happy with the car and results in practice and qualifying,” Mock said. “For not ever racing this track before, I was looking forward to the race. It didn’t take me long to get comfortable with the track and the car was fast.

“On the very first laps, we were going into Turn 3 and I was in the middle of a three-wide deal and got hit from behind in my No. 75 Hodgdon Ford Mustang. That pushed me into the cars in front of me and a bunch of us got torn up way to early in the race. After watching the replay a few times, I had no place to go on that deal.

“Once the radiator was deemed beyond repair, our day was done. I hated it for everyone on our team after the hard work they put in for this race.”

Despite the big loss in points and seat time, Mock was very pleased with the reaction and interaction with him carrying the old-school livery. Aaron Hodgdon was on hand, as were others from Hodgdon Development and Construction to take part in the event.

“It was great to see Aaron and everyone else there,” Mock said. “They were excited, I was wearing a replica Hodgdon firesuit like Neil Bonnett wore and we re-created some pictures before the race from 1983 everyone enjoyed. My dad even had a few of the original firesuits and jackets for some to wear.

“As much as I hated it for them how we ended the day early, I’m glad to have Hodgdon on board again when we race Sonoma Raceway this coming weekend.

“We are getting the car repaired and it will be ready to race. We will all do our best to make sure we have a good run for all our sake’s. I can’t thank Hodgdon enough for making this possible.”

For more information about Mock and team, log on to www.DarinMockRacing.com

blog comments powered by Disqus