SES: Music City II: Jason Hogan race notes

Roller Coaster NASCAR SES Season Ends For Hogan 21-Year-Old Will Now Celebrate Birthday, Run Many Super Late Model Races CONCORD, NC (September 27, 2004) -- Jason Hogan was probably one of a few guys that was actually really ready for his 2004...

Roller Coaster NASCAR SES Season Ends For Hogan
21-Year-Old Will Now Celebrate Birthday, Run Many Super Late Model Races

CONCORD, NC (September 27, 2004) -- Jason Hogan was probably one of a few guys that was actually really ready for his 2004 NASCAR Southeast Series season to come to an end. Hogan and his Hogan Motorsports team suffered through a tremendous amount of bad luck to end the year after starting off with two wins in the series first three races. His fifth-place finish in Saturday night's SES Series finale at Nashville's Music City Motorplex left Hogan fifth in the final series points rundown.

Now, Hogan will focus on an off-season's worth of Super Late Model races that will take him over much of the Southeast. Hogan has races planned with the Sunoco Super Series and Southern All Stars, as well as independent events in Alabama, North Carolina, Tennessee and Florida. He will also celebrate his 22nd-birthday on October 2.

"It was a roller coaster ride for sure," said Hogan of his 2004 season. "One weekend we are struggling to run 10th and then we go out and win the next. Then we come back and struggle some more, go back and be fast, then get crashed out. It was a wild year. One of the craziest years I've ever been a part of.

"If we took the end of last year and the beginning of this year and put them together, then we would have been unstoppable. But unfortunately, it just doesn't work that way. Luck is a lot of this game. It hasn't been on our side the last few races and we just haven't run that well."

Hogan's SES season came to an end with a relatively uneventful fifth-place finish in Nashville. Hogan started fifth after qualifying fourth following the series inversion. Hogan was solid and raced in the top-five all night long, but could never make up any ground on eventual race winner Zach Niessner or JR Norris, who dominated the race.

However, it was a slight bump from JR that might have cost Hogan a chance at the win.

"Our night started off bad. On lap six JR got into me. I think it probably knocked the toe-in out on it. Not to complain though because the car wasn't good either. It was one of those nights. We got the motor back and it still seems like it was missing something. It just didn't have the power there. But then again, you can't complain too much. I just think the setup was off just a little.

"It was the same setup that we ran when we were here at the start of the year (and when Hogan finished second), so I don't know. It is frustrating anytime you can't be up there contending for the win. It brings you back to reality every once in a while. We worked on it hard, it just wasn't meant to be our night."

Hogan finished the SES season with two wins, four top-fives and seven top-10 finishes in just 12 races. Unfortunately, he had three races with finishes outside the top-15, which ultimately cost him a shot at the championship.

"We'll take all of our stuff back and fine tune it . We picked up a strong point with the speedway package this year. That is where we really struggled in the championship last year. We know right where we need to be on the speedways and have a good idea that we'll be tough there in the future. We broke in some races this year and that hurt us in the championship."

Jason's first scheduled off-season race will be at South Alabama Speedway (Opp, AL) on October 16th. He is also scheduled to compete in the All American 400 at Nashville and the 37th Annual Snowball Derby at Five Flags Speedway (FL) in December.

-www.jasonhogan.com.

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