Hogan Hopes To Wrap Up Season With Two Big Victories 21-Year-Old Recently Graduates From College As Well CONCORD, NC (August 23, 2004) -- With his NASCAR Southeast Series championship hopes a long shot, Jason Hogan is looking for one thing...
Hogan Hopes To Wrap Up Season With Two Big Victories
21-Year-Old Recently Graduates From College As Well
CONCORD, NC (August 23, 2004) -- With his NASCAR Southeast Series championship hopes a long shot, Jason Hogan is looking for one thing... a trophy. So, in all reality, Hogan is really looking for two things... the winner's trophies for the final two races of the Southeast Series season. His first shot comes this weekend at the 1.5-mile Kentucky Speedway.
"It has been a 'roller coaster ride' type year for us that is for sure," said Hogan, who currently sits fourth in the points standings, 179 out of first. "We've had good days and bad days. The person that has the least bad days is who is going to do a little bit better and that hasn't been us this year. We've been plagued by a couple of mechanical problems and when you only have 12 races, a couple of bad ones here or there will take you right out."
Hogan scored his first career Southeast Series win in the second race of the season at Hickory Motor Speedway (NC) back in April. He followed that up with another win at Houston Motor Speedway (TX) a couple of weeks later. Combined with a second-place run at Music City Motorplex to start the year out, Hogan led the points for the first half of the season before a run of mechanical problems put the team behind.
"We really struggled at Kentucky the last couple of times we've been there and we've struggled at the speedway tracks overall," said Hogan, who finished 12th there when the series visited the track back in June. "So in the time off, we've worked really hard at bring a different and better car and better engine package to the track and I think it will pay off and we'll be much more competitive. I don't know if we'll compete for the win because there is a lot of good speedway stuff out there, but we'll be right there."
In his time away from the track, Hogan has also finished up his college career at Lanier Technical College (GA). Hogan recently took his last exam, which will earn him a degree in Motorsports Vehicle Technology. He'll officially graduate in the springtime.
"I'm glad to be done with school as it has been a lot of work, but it was well worth it and some of the stuff I learned there will be more than valuable down the line for my own racing career and anything else I plan to do."
Following Kentucky, the series will wrap up its season back at the legendary fairgrounds track in Nashville (TN), Music City Motorplex on September 25th.
"Nashville has always been a pretty good track for me and i've always run real well there, but i've just never won there. The track has bitten me on several occasions. We were good there back in April, but (eventual race winner) Brian Hoppe just had a little bit better of a car.
"We are going back there with the same car that we ran so well with earlier this year. We've made a few changes to the car with things we've learned as the season has went on, so hopefuly that will be enough to put us over the top.
"Really, I'm actually pretty happy to see the points season end so we can go out and go for wins in a lot of these special events. I like the 'whatever it takes to win' races, like the special Super Late Model events or the Southern All Star shows."