Cochrun gets confidence boost and $1,000 from IMCA STARS Mod Lite win at Cocopah

Kaden Cochrun raced to his fourth straight Arizona IMCA STARS Mod Lite victory Saturday at Cocopah Speedway. The Yuma Auto and RV Night checkers were good for $1,000. Cochrun is pictured with Yuma Silver Spur Rodeo Queen Abilea Conde. (Photo by Bobby McMorris)

SOMERTON, Ariz. (April 10) – Californian Kaden Cochrun got a big confidence boost and a check for $1,000 for his fourth straight IMCA STARS Mod Lite win in Arizona.

The national points leader pocketed a grand for his Saturday Yuma Auto and RV Night victory at Cocopah Speedway. He’d started ninth, passed A.J. Whisler for the lead on the fourth circuit and led to the end of the 25-lapper.

Cochrun led by almost a straightaway before the green, white, checkered finish. J.D. Brown was second and Colin Bender third.

“I raced with some of the fastest dudes in Arizona,” said Cochrun, headed next to Bethany, Mo., to spend the summer racing in the Midwest. “It was a huge confidence booster to run so good here.” 

He’d won twice at Arizona Speedway and once at Canyon Speedway Arizona before taking the Cocopah checkers. 

Cochrun had raced in the Midwest last season when many of the tracks in his home state were idled by Covid-19. He’ll race at tracks in Iowa and Kansas, as well as Missouri and possibly in Illinois this year. 

“Some of the best racers are in the Midwest,” he stated. “You only get better when you’re racing the best people.”