Jason Hogan Takes Over NASCAR Southeast Points Lead 22-Year-Old Just Misses Second-Straight Victory in Texas CLEVELAND, GA (May 9, 2005) -- "We are on top of our game right now. We have really good equipment, really good people, a really good...
Jason Hogan Takes Over NASCAR Southeast Points Lead
22-Year-Old Just Misses Second-Straight Victory in Texas
CLEVELAND, GA (May 9, 2005) -- "We are on top of our game right now. We have really good equipment, really good people, a really good crew chief and really good car owners. If there is something we need, we get it. We've got everything we need and we're going to try to keep this streak up."
Jason Hogan's confidence is brimming right now. Like he pointed out, he and the team are on top of their game when it comes to racing. And now, after a second-place finish in this past weekend's NASCAR Southeast Series race at Houston Motorsports Park, he is on top of the series point standings.
Hogan used his second-place run at Houston and his third-place finish at Greenville-Pickens Speedway (SC) two weeks ago to capture the points lead in the NASCAR Southeast Series after just two races.
He also continued his impressive start to the 2005 racing season with his sixth-straight top-five finish. Even more impressive, Hogan has six top-five finishes (along with two wins and two poles) in just six races. And those finishes have come in three different series (SES, Southern All Stars and the BAMA Super Series) and also open Super Late Model shows.
"If we keep doing what we are doing as a team and I keep being patient and keep the fenders on the car, we will get a bunch of wins this year and a bunch of top-three finishes and hopefully this (Southeast Series) championship, and maybe even another championship somewhere else."
For Hogan, the second-place run at Houston Motorsports Park wasn't as good as a win, especially considering he was the defending race winner of the event, but it was enough to get the job done in the long run.
"Man, what a wild race," added Hogan. "There were guys beating and banging, leaders spinning out; it should have been exciting for the fans. The game plan from the beginning was to get behind (Jeff) Fultz or for him to get behind me and go to the front. We went to the front in a hurry; a lot quicker than I expected to go."
After starting 11th, Hogan took the fast track to the front of the field and soon found himself running second. After some attrition and some wild action, Hogan was second behind Justin Diercks heading for the finish.
"Late in the race, Justin and I were side-by-side and were door banging for the lead. I think that if I would have had three more laps before that (late) caution came out, we could have had him. I didn't need that last caution. I spun the tires a little bit, heated them up and they were just trash for about four laps. My car was really good on the long runs tonight. That is just part of racing. We just didn't quite get to him.
"Man, he raced me clean and I raced him clean, so that was fun. To run second to a champion like Justin and to follow a champion like Jeff Fultz through the field is pretty cool.
"I just missed it qualifying a little bit. The sun caught us and the driver didn't drive it as hard as he should have. We had a good racecar; I knew that if we just kept our nose clean and used some patience, we'd be in the front."
A shot from behind from Justin Wakefield about 40 laps from the end, while running third, lit a fire under Hogan as he began his charge for the lead.
"I didn't think anyone was close to us. I was just sitting there, riding, and I got slammed from behind. I was like 'Whoa.' So I just dropped the hammer on them as they say in "Days of Thunder" and took off and saw if we could run those guys down. I never really ran the car too hard because I wanted to save it for the end. It worked out pretty good for us."
The NASCAR Southeast Series is now off for a couple of weeks before heading to South Boston Speedway (VA) on May 28th. In the meantime, Hogan will return to Montgomery Motor Speedway to defend his last-race victory in the BAMA Super Series at the track. That race is set for May 21st at Montgomery Motor Speedway in Alabama.