Hogan Ready to Shake It Up In "The Rattler" Young Gun Will Run for NASCAR Southeast Title & a Handful of Other Events CONCORD, NC (March 4, 2004) -- Jason Hogan is ready to shake some tail feathers in the short track world this year and he's...
Hogan Ready to Shake It Up In "The Rattler"
Young Gun Will Run for NASCAR Southeast Title & a Handful of Other Events
CONCORD, NC (March 4, 2004) -- Jason Hogan is ready to shake some tail feathers in the short track world this year and he's got a new attitude to do it with. The 2?-year-old came so close to winning the NASCAR Southeast Series championship in 2003, but as they say, "Close is only good in horseshoes and hand-grenades." That fact has put the fire back in his belly. Hogan has decided to go all out again this year in an effort to back up his 2002 NASCAR Southeast Series Rookie of the Year title by winning the 2004 series championship.
"We got so close to winning that title last year, it left a really biter taste in my mouth," said Hogan, who finished third in the final Southeast Series points standings. "You could say it was a bittersweet taste because I was happy about where we ended up at the end of the year as compared to where we were near the beginning of the season. Yet it put that thought of what it would be like to be a champion in my mind and now I really want that. I know we can do it. We've got two years of experience under our belts and I'm ready to step it up to that championship level."
Hogan is preparing for his chase for the championship with a brand new racecar. The team also purchased a new "speedway engine" for the three superspeedway races on the 12-race NASCAR Southeast Series schedule. And Hogan believes it is a schedule he will benefit from.
"Our speedway program struggled last year, so we went out and got a new restrictor plate engine. That will help a lot," added Hogan.
"We've got a couple races at Nashville (Fairgrounds in TN) and I am excited about that because I have the track record there. We've got a race at Hickory (NC) where I've won a Southern All Star race. We've got a race at Lanier (GA) and I've won all kinds of things there and we've got a race at Myrtle Beach (SC) where I've never really had a bad finish in anything. I think we're in pretty darn good shape. The competition is going to be tough, but if it wasn't, it wouldn't be called racing now would it?"
But that's not enough for Hogan. In addition to the Southeast Series, he will also run several Southern All Stars Series events throughout the year, as well as a number of other special event Super Late Model races throughout the country. It all starts with this weekend's 28th Annual "Rattler" at South Alabama Speedway
"I'm so excited to get back in the car this weekend," Hogan said with a smile. "This is a big race for anyone in this area of the country and with our new car it is going to be awesome. We went down there last year and had a car that was underpowered and still almost won it. So we are looking forward to getting the year started off well with a victory.
"We feel we can win all the Southern All Star races we enter. I think our equipment and team are good enough to make that claim. Racing with that series is a good thing for me because they have some bad to the bone racers and any seat time I can get while racing against some stiff competition is good for me."
The "Rattler" at South Alabama Speedway has been won by several short track racing greats like Dave Mader III, Wayne Niedecken Jr., Ronnie Sanders and Pete Hamilton. Jason Hogan hopes to add his name to that list this weekend.