Jason Hogan Third At Nashville, Must Wait For SES Championship Greenville Championship Event On Hold For Georgia Youngster CLEVELAND, GA (August 14, 2006) -- Jason Hogan started out his week by winning the PASS South event at his home track...
Jason Hogan Third At Nashville, Must Wait For SES Championship
Greenville Championship Event On Hold For Georgia Youngster
CLEVELAND, GA (August 14, 2006) -- Jason Hogan started out his week by winning the PASS South event at his home track at Lanier. Then, he headed to one of his favorite racetracks, finishing third in the NASCAR Southeast Series race at Nashville's Music City Motorplex at the old Nashville Fairgrounds. However, Hogan wasn't able to ride his hot streak into Greenville-Pickens Speedway, as rain washed out the event and pushed it back to September 23rd.
Now, Hogan will have to wait nearly a month to race in the deciding event of the NASCAR Southeast Series season and go for his shot at his first SES Championship.
"In a way, I wish we could have raced and gotten it all down and over with, but I'm also glad that things got pushed back because that will allow us to have some time to prepare even more and be fresh coming back to Greenville," said Hogan. "It's been a long week for my guys and they've worked hard. So its nice to be able to give them a little break. Now, we'll have plenty of time to get everything ready and get to Greenville in September."
Hogan came into the Southeast Series Championship race tied with JR Norris for the points lead before Nashville. However, with Hogan's third-place finish and Nashville and Norris' victory, Hogan will now go into Greenville trailing by 15 points. But losing a few points doesn't matter to the 23-year-old.
"It doesn't really change my mindset at all. Now, he (Norris) comes in (to the finale) with a target on his back instead of me. They have to have everything on their car perfect. I know Richie (Wauters, owner of Norris' #5) is good enough to do it. But everyone has bad races every now and then. That is part of it.
"Hopefully, we'll go there and win this time by. If we can't pick up the win and also the championship, then there is no one else I'd rather see win this than one of my best friends."
Hogan qualified fourth and started third at Nashville, which is where he finished at the end of the 100-lap race.
"You don't have a lot of time here in a 100-lap race," said Hogan. "Around lap 75, had it been a 150-lap race, I would have made some adjustments. But at that point, you just have to take what you can get and hold on. Luckily we got a third-place out of it. The car is in one piece and we've got an excellent car for Greenville. We are ready to go up there and do what we have to do. We're focused on winning races and that is what we need to do at Greenville."
The Rock '101' 150 at Greenville-Pickens Speedway is now scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 23.