Hogan Finishes a Strong Second in Annual "Rattler 150" Young Gun Will Run for NASCAR Southeast Title & a Handful of Other Events CONCORD, NC (March 10, 2004) -- Jason Hogan is kicking off his 2004 racing season in the right gear. The 21-year-old...
Hogan Finishes a Strong Second in Annual "Rattler 150"
Young Gun Will Run for NASCAR Southeast Title & a Handful of Other Events
CONCORD, NC (March 10, 2004) -- Jason Hogan is kicking off his 2004 racing season in the right gear. The 21-year-old used a brand new Super Late Model to finish an impressive second for the second-straight year Saturday night in the 28th Annual Rattler 150 at South Alabama Speedway. What was even more impressive is that it came against some of the toughest short track competition in the Southeast.
"It was a pretty awesome run," said Hogan, who recently tested a NASCAR Craftsman Truck. "Of course, I'd rather been sitting in Victory Lane at the end of the night, but it wasn't too bad considering it was our first time out with his brand new car. The car was on, but it took us some time to get up to second before and after the pit stops, so we just didn't have time to catch Wayne (Willard, race winner).
"It was a tough race, too. 'The Rattler' always brings out some good guys because it is a pretty big race in this section of the country. There were some top-notch guys there this weekend. If you looked in the pits, it looked like what you would see for the (Snowball) Derby minus the Northern guys. When you can race against competition like Charlie (Bradberry), Wayne (Willard), David Hole, JR Norris and those guys and stay competitive, you are doing good."
Hogan quickly moved into the top-five after the drop of the green flag and was up to second by lap 32. He then chased race leader Wayne Willard until the competition yellow on lap 90. During the pitstop Hogan fell back to fourth, but didn't stay there long. Less than 30 laps later, Hogan was again back up to second, but he ran out of time to surpass Willard.
"We had a great battle with Charlie Bradberry there late in the race," added Hogan. "We were side-by-side for what seemed like forever. We made a little bit of contact here and there, but it was just some good, hard racing. It was a really good night and it felt good to get back behind the wheel. I was so anxious for this race because I've just been waiting and waiting to race again. It sucks just sitting around at home all winter long."
It was the first time out for the new Super Late Model / Southern All Star car that Hogan and his team built during the off season. Everything on the car was new, including the paint job. And Hogan said it passed with flying colors.
"After the race, I wanted to go and hug my motor man because that was one of the best powerplants I've had under the hood for a long time. I'm really happy with how the car worked. This new Port City car was just awesome. I've always loved their cars. I think the Port City car swept the top-three spots. And heck, I even got a lot of compliments on my new paint job."