SES: Greenville-Pickens: Jason Hogan preview

Hogan Has One Thing on His Mind: NASCAR SES Championship Season Starts This Weekend at Greenville-Pickens Speedway CLEVELAND, GA (April 28, 2005) -- They say the third time is a charm. Well, Jason Hogan hopes that the fourth time is all it ...

Hogan Has One Thing on His Mind: NASCAR SES Championship
Season Starts This Weekend at Greenville-Pickens Speedway

CLEVELAND, GA (April 28, 2005) -- They say the third time is a charm. Well, Jason Hogan hopes that the fourth time is all it takes this year. The 22-year-old Georgia-native is set to open his fourth full season in the NASCAR Southeast Series Saturday night at Greenville-Pickens Speedway.

He'll do that while riding a wave of early-season Super Late Model success and good fortune. Hogan is hoping that will continue this weekend, as the tricky and flat Greenville track is one of the few tracks Hogan has struggled on throughout his career.

"We are ready for the season to be here," said Hogan. "We've learned a lot from our Super Late Models this year so far and especially in the last few weeks. I think we can transfer some of that over to the Southeast car.

"This could be a big season for us. We are stronger coming into this year than we have ever been before. We've learned a lot more during the first few months of the year and the whole team has just worked together very well. We've had a lot of good runs and no real bad runs so far. That is what you need when heading into a touring season. It will give us a little bit of an advantage that will help us in our chase for the title this year.

"I just wish the season didn't have to start at Greenville."

For most drivers' standards, it would be wrong to say Hogan has struggled at Greenville in the past. He's led plenty of laps, gotten a couple of top fives and been right there.

"I'd really like to come out of there with a car in one piece and a top-five finish. A win would be just tremendous and a top-three finish would feel like a victory to us and give me an ear-to-ear grin.

"We've led laps there before and we've had good cars, but we've never put the package together from start to finish to come out of there in good shape. A top five would be a step in the right direction and send us on to Houston (the second race of the year) feeling very good.

"This race is all about how much determination I have. I know we can run well there. We've got the stuff to run good there; we've just struggled there in the past. I hate going somewhere I don't run real well, because I'm going to keep going there until I figure it out. That is what we are going to do."

Hogan hopes that the strong finishes he's already had in his Super Late Model this year will carry over to the Southeast Series season. In four races thus far in 2005, Hogan has two wins, two poles and four top-five finishes. One of those wins came in the prestigious, $10,000-to-win Rattler at South Alabama Speedway, where he beat the likes of Charlie Bradberry, Eddie Mercer and several other top-notch racers.

The competition in the Southeast Series will be no different this year, with Bradberry and Gary Helton joining the mix of Southeast Series regulars Jeff Fultz, Kevin Prince and JR Norris.

"I'm excited to see what happens and what kind of new faces might be there," added Hogan. "It could be a tough year. There is a bunch of good racecar drivers, but there is always a bunch of good racecar drivers in the Southeast Series. I race with a lot of these guys each week in a lot of different racecars, so it will be nothing new."

The NASCAR Southeast Series ROCK 101 150 is set to take the green at 8pm this Saturday night at Greenville-Pickens Speedway in Greenville, SC.

-jasonhogan.com

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Series NASCAR
Drivers Jeff Fultz , Eddie Mercer