Jason Hogan Follows Script to Finish Second at Music City Georgia Driver Now Sits Second in Southeast Series Standings CLEVELAND, GA (October 18, 2005) -- If Sunday evening's NASCAR Southeast Series race at Music City Motorplex is any ...
Jason Hogan Follows Script to Finish Second at Music City
Georgia Driver Now Sits Second in Southeast Series Standings
CLEVELAND, GA (October 18, 2005) -- If Sunday evening's NASCAR Southeast Series race at Music City Motorplex is any indication, Jason Hogan might have another career waiting in the wings if his racing doesn't work out. Hogan could pack up and head out to Hollywood to be a script writer. Why? Because the story of his runner-up finish went exactly the way that he plotted it out before the race weekend.
"Our whole game plan coming into the race was to be pretty conservative at first and then race at the end," said Hogan. "We knew we were trying to gain points on JR [Norris] and we knew we couldn't do that with a wrecked racecar."
With the exception of one position in the finishing order, the night went exactly according to Hogan's plan. He started seventh, bided his time and made his way through the pack late in the event. He had an exciting side-by-side dual with NASCAR Busch Series driver Tim Sauter at the finish and just barely nipped the more experienced driver for second place.
That propelled Hogan into second in the standings going into the season finale in two weeks at Montgomery Motor Speedway (AL).
"I'll consider it a success as long as we come out of here with second (in series points after the official results are posted)," continued Hogan. "I think we got a top-three points' position locked up. I think that we gained a lot on Fultz and we should be able to stay in front of JR as long as we have a good race in Montgomery.
Hogan knew that a jump in the points was possible after seeing the second-place man, Norris, have tire problems which lead to a crash in the first few laps.
"About 10 laps into the race, when I saw JR wreck, I knew right then that I needed to finish the race because I knew I could pass him in the points. So I turned to a conservative mode. I wasn't trying to push it and I wasn't really trying to race anyone. I was waiting for people to make mistakes before I passed them. We just eased our way to the front of the field."
As the race neared its conclusion, Hogan watched as a few other drivers have misadventures.
"A couple of cars ran out of fuel with that green-white-checker finish. I guess Dusty's [Williams car] was fluttering, so he came in and that put us in third. Then we had that restart. The #86 [Gary Helton] didn't go right away and I just got a good run on Tim [Sauter].
"To race Tim Sauter door-to-door the last two laps, even if we were racing for second and not the win, was awesome. That guy has such a racing background and is so talented that to race door-to-door with him is pretty cool; it didn't matter who beat who to the line. I have a lot of respect for that guy.
Hogan now has a chance of taking the championship if he finishes strong at Montgomery and point leader Jeff Fultz has trouble. That's not the way that Hogan would like to win a title, but he wouldn't turn down a trophy either.
"It would be a good deal. I would hate to win it by seeing him wreck, but then again, I've had some bad luck this year too, so I'll take this stuff any way I can get it."
The next NASCAR Southeast Series event for Hogan is at the Music City Motorplex in Nashville, TN, on October 29th.