Hogan Back On Track After Super Late Model Win 21-Year-Old Now Looking To Make Splash To End SES Season CONCORD, NC (August 23, 2004) -- Confidence is a great thing for a race car driver. But when it just isn't there, it is a bad thing. Even ...
Hogan Back On Track After Super Late Model Win
21-Year-Old Now Looking To Make Splash To End SES Season
CONCORD, NC (August 23, 2004) -- Confidence is a great thing for a race car driver. But when it just isn't there, it is a bad thing. Even Jason Hogan himself will tell you that, over the last couple of months, his confidence has been a little less than par after a tough mid-season stretch of bad luck following one of the hottest starts to the season of any short track racer this year.
The perfect medicine for shaky confidence? Pulling into Victory Lane. And oh what medicine a win can be!
Hogan took his straight-rail Super Late Model to South Alabama Speedway (Opp, AL) on Saturday night and dominated the unsanctioned event, setting quick time and winning by nearly a straightaway against some of the best Super Late Model drivers in the Southeast, including Wayne Willard and Wayne Anderson.
"It was a lot of fun," said Hogan. "It reminded me of some of the successes we had really early in the year at places like Hickory and Texas."
Hogan won two of the first three NASCAR Southeast Series races (his primary series) earlier this year and dominated the point standings before falling back to his current position of fourth following some disappointing mid-pack runs that were the results of broken parts and accidents of others.
"Anytime you win, whether it is in a Super Late Model, the Southeast Series car or a Legends car, it makes you feel good and makes you know that you have the talent and the skill to get the job done," added Hogan. "I've never doubted that talent or skill on my part, of the equipment that we have and the team that we bring to the track everywhere we go. There have just been some things that happened to us that we can't control and some unfortunate circumstances make us finish farther back that we would have liked.
"So to get a win is something that will get your mind back in the game and will just build confidence. When you are a little down on confidence, it hurts, but it doesn't mean you are worried that maybe you can or can't get the job done. It just gets you worried and thinking about everything that can happen. When you get that confidence back, you just go out there and all you think about is winning because you know you can do it and nothing will stand in your way.
"I've never doubted the fact that I knew we could win when we were having some of those problems, but now, that is all we are thinking about, which is good, because there are some big races coming up and we're ready to win them all."
Hogan paced the field at South Alabama until he came in to the pits for service. Once he left the pits, it was only a matter of time until the young 21-year-old was back up front and pulling away from the field.
"It was a good race with some very good cars," said Hogan. "With the Southern All Stars (Super Late Model traveling series) being off, there were some of their best there, along with some other locals and even Wayne Anderson from down in Florida. You know if you beat Wayne, you are doing something right and we beat them all pretty good. That is the kind of stuff you need."
Hogan sits fourth in the NASCAR Southeast Series point standings with two wins, three top-fives and six top-10 finishes. He also has one win and two runner-up finishes in straight-rail late model races this season.
Hogan will get back to action, again in his straight-rail Super Late Model, when the Southern All Stars visit Myrtle Beach Speedway on September 5th for the Labor Day Classic. Hogan will then wrap up the SES season with races at Kentucky Speedway (Sept. 18th) and Music City Motorplex (Nashville, TN; Sept. 25th). Hogan also plans on running several other straight-rail Super Late Model shows to round out the year, including the All American 400 in Nashville and the Snowball Derby in Pensacola, FL.