SES: Greenville-Pickens II: Jason Hogan preview

Jason Hogan Looks to Catch a Title at Greenville Final NASCAR Southeast Series Event to Decide Final Southeast Series Champ CLEVELAND, GA (September 18, 2006) -- As the NASCAR Southeast Series calendar creeps towards its final race ever,...

Jason Hogan Looks to Catch a Title at Greenville
Final NASCAR Southeast Series Event to Decide Final Southeast Series Champ

CLEVELAND, GA (September 18, 2006) -- As the NASCAR Southeast Series calendar creeps towards its final race ever, Jason Hogan and his #92 Hogan Lumber team are inching their way towards a shot at the championship. The series finale will take place Saturday night at Greenville-Pickens Speedway (SC) and Hogan is only 15 points behind J.R. Norris in the chase for the championship.

"It's definitely attainable," said Hogan of his championship chances. "It will be tough because Greenville is one of JR's good tracks. But we tested there last week and that went very well. He's got all of the weight on his shoulders being the point leader and we just need to worry about doing our thing and winning the race.

"We're very well prepared for this race. Every nut and bolt on the car will have been touched and gone over before we get to the track. There will be plenty of extra love and care that goes into the racecar before it leaves the shop. That could really make the difference in the race."

Hogan expects a friendly battle between he and Norris and no matter what the outcome of the night is, both drivers will probably be shaking hands when it is all said and done.

"There is nobody who I would rather race against for this championship," said Hogan. "I want to race him and see what happens. It would definitely be easier for us if they had back luck and handed us the championship, but I don't want that. I would much rather beat them on the racetrack."

While most of his SES competitors have been off in recent weeks, Hogan hasn't been far from the track at all. This past weekend, Hogan filled in at Lanier National Speedway (GA) for Michael Phelps' #29 Bowen Homes team in qualifying for a special 100-lap Pro Late Model event there. In typical Hogan-fashion, he won the pole despite never having raced that type of car.

"I was helping out a friend. Michael couldn't be there to qualify, because he had to play football. His high school is ranked as one of the top football teams in the nation and he couldn't miss one of their games. So the team had me practice the car and get it into the show. I qualified on the pole and even drew a one in the inversion. But they still needed to start in the back because of a driver change. Those cars are definitely different. I'm used to having more power and not used to having to keep the momentum up through the corners like that. But it was fun and I'm glad to have helped out the Bowen Homes team."

The Rock '101' 150 at Greenville-Pickens Speedway is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 23.

-credit: jasonhogan.com.

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Drivers Michael Phelps