Hogan Overcomes Greenville, Grabs Third & Heads to Texas 22-Year-Old Ready to Go Back To the Site of One of Last Year's Wins CLEVELAND, GA (May 3, 2005) -- Jason Hogan hates going to racetracks that he isn't very good at, but not because of...
Hogan Overcomes Greenville, Grabs Third & Heads to Texas
22-Year-Old Ready to Go Back To the Site of One of Last Year's Wins
CLEVELAND, GA (May 3, 2005) -- Jason Hogan hates going to racetracks that he isn't very good at, but not because of that fact alone. He has said before that those tracks just make him want to keep coming back in order to conquer his adversity out and make himself better as a driver. Greenville-Pickens Speedway in South Carolina was one of those tracks. In the past, he's had a lot of bad luck and a few bad runs at the track that he claims has always gotten the best of him.
So heading into this past weekend's Rock 101 150 at Greenville, Hogan was cautiously optimistic. He was coming off of four-straight top-five finishes in his Super Late Model and two of those were wins. He was riding a hot streak and, with his new driving style and what the team had learned recently, he was ready to try and conquer Greenville's flat, half-mile again. A top-five finish would be considered a moral victory for him and the team.
Hogan posted a third-place finish in the NASCAR Southeast Series opener at the track on Saturday night. The result was his best-career finish at the track in seven attempts.
"I'm so happy, I could cry," said Hogan after the race. "We were really shooting for a top-five coming into the race and just coming out of here with a car in one piece is a plus. So to come out of here with a top-three is like a victory.
"We brought our old car and our old engine here to have our new stuff ready for Houston. So to come out of here and run as good as we did, I'm really excited. We made a 110 percent improvement over where we were here before. So if we come back here next time and make an improvement again, then I think we might have something for Jeff Fultz."
What was the big turnaround for Hogan? Well, it was a variety of things.
"I learned tonight that the secret to this place is finesse. We've learned a lot of stuff on the Super Late Model this year which we applied to this car, but more than anything, driving the racetrack a certain way means a lot. I learned that the last time we were here and I applied more of it this time.
Hogan started third after qualifying sixth. He moved into second and rode in the top-three for much of the night. He led several laps following a round of pit stops, but then slipped back to second and eventually third at the finish.
"I'm happy because we were in contention all night long and that is something that hasn't happened to us at this track before. We couldn't run with Fultz, but we could run with everyone else. With a car like that, we can win several of these races this year."
Now Hogan and the rest of the Southeast Series teams make the long trip to Houston Motorsports Park for this Saturday's 150-lap event. Everyone will be looking to Hogan, as he comes into the event as the defending race winner.
"I've got my car sitting in the trailer with the exact same setup already on it from last year," added Hogan. "We are going to do some real good maintenance on it and we are going to go back out there and do just as good, if not better than we did last year. I know we've got as good of stuff and I think we've got a better driver than we did last year. I think we can go out there and walk away with it.
"There will be tough competition, don't get me wrong, but this whole combination is really working well now. We are really happy right now. We are going to just keep digging and being as positive as we are."
The NASCAR Southeast Series Houston 150 is set to take the green at 8:45 pm (local) this Saturday night at Houston Motorsports Park in Houston, TX.