Jason Hogan the Big Winner at Montgomery Motor Speedway Sold Out Crowd Sees Full Night of Racing on Special "Alabama Gang" Night MONTGOMERY, AL (April 11, 2005) -- Cleveland, GA, driver Jason Hogan held off a determined charge from Alabama ...
Jason Hogan the Big Winner at Montgomery Motor Speedway
Sold Out Crowd Sees Full Night of Racing on Special "Alabama Gang" Night
MONTGOMERY, AL (April 11, 2005) -- Cleveland, GA, driver Jason Hogan held off a determined charge from Alabama driver Ken McFarland to win Saturday night's 125-lap Super Late Model feature at Montgomery Motor Speedway. It was the capper of an exciting night that honored some of the best to ever take laps around the half-mile track, the original Alabama Gang.
During pre-race ceremonies, track officials honored the three members of the original Alabama Gang, Bobby Allison, Donnie Allison and Red Farmer, with special plaques in front of the sold-out crowd. The speedway will eventually erect a full-size monument behind the grandstands, but an exorbitant amount of rain in the recent weeks has kept the track from starting construction.
During the night's feature race, Hogan held off a charging McFarland during a final seven-lap shootout to capture the $5,000 first-place prize in the Super Late Model division. North Carolina resident Ted Musgrave Jr., son of NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series star Ted Musgrave, finished third.
Chelsea, Alabama's Charlie Bradberry won the pole for the race and jumped out to the early lead, with Hogan following through from his third-place starting spot to jump into second. Hogan eventually took over the top spot from Bradberry on lap eight.
During the first 20 laps, four different drivers (Bradberry, Hogan, McFarland and Eddie Mercer) all spent time at the front of the pack. Eventually, McFarland would find himself at the point for quite a few laps until Hogan again reclaimed the top spot on lap 54.
The bulk of the field came in for pit stops on lap 77 and that handed the lead back to Bradberry, who along with Josh Hamner and outside pole sitter John Bolen, stayed out. Hogan would again find the lead when Bradberry and Hamner tangled while racing for the top spot on lap 79. The accident would eventually knock Bradberry out of competition.
After that, Hogan never looked back and led until the checkers flew.
"It was one of the best driving cars I've ever been in," said Hogan, who won the pole but finished fifth in the first Super Late Model race at Montgomery earlier this year. "I was pretty upset after the first race here a couple of weeks ago. I knew we had something bent on the car with me getting in the wall during that practice. So we took the car home and went over it and found some things wrong and fixed them. We had the exact same set up as we did down here last time. The car was fabulous.
"I knew (McFarland) was there and that he had a good car for about four or five laps. After the second lap (of the restart), I got up off the corner good and we had five car-lengths on him. After that, I went back into conserve mode and cruised to the finish line."
In the Pro Late Model division, Dennis Reno Jr. crossed the line first after a dominating performance, followed by Frank King. However, in post-race tech, both the cars of Reno and King were found to be illegal and in violation of track rules. Both cars were disqualified. That handed the win to Bill Bethea III. Jeff Morgan would be placed second, with Roger Cain coming home third.
In the Super Stock feature, Gary Sanford took home the checkers, followed by Scott Dunn and Heath Mills. In the Pure Stock class, Marty Bean took his second-straight win. Marty Broderick finished second, with Billy Ammons in third.
Action at Montgomery Motor Speedway returns on April 23rd with Family Night. The Pro Late Models will be the headlining class, with a 75-lap race paying $2,000 to win. The Super Stocks and Pure Stocks will also be in action, along with the first showing of 2005 for the Mini-Sportsman.
For more information on Montgomery Motor Speedway, call the track at 334-262-6101 or visit them on the web at montgomeryspeedway.com.