Jason Hogan Always Dreamed of Winning at Nashville as a Kid The 21-Year-Old Also Says the Old Fairgrounds Track "Owes Him One" CONCORD, NC (April 13, 2004) -- The Nashville Fairgrounds track has always been rich in tradition and history. It may...
Jason Hogan Always Dreamed of Winning at Nashville as a Kid
The 21-Year-Old Also Says the Old Fairgrounds Track "Owes Him One"
CONCORD, NC (April 13, 2004) -- The Nashville Fairgrounds track has always been rich in tradition and history. It may now be called the Music City Motorplex, but while growing up, Jason Hogan was in the stands at the ol' fairgrounds facility to watch the annual All American 400 extravaganza.
Now 21 years old, Hogan has changed gears, from spectator to competitor. His quest now is to hoist that special winner's guitar in victory lane like so many others he has watched before him. This weekend Hogan will open the 2004 NASCAR Southeast Series with another chance to do just that.
"Some of the best Short Track drivers of all time have won there," remarked Hogan, who will have Spring Hill Suites on his car for the race. "There is so much heritage; everyone from Cup drivers to local guys have made that place legendary. Rick Crawford (current NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series driver) is a close friend of our family and he told me the other day that the first time he went to Nashville, he felt like he was going to Daytona. That's the way I feel.
"I remember going there as a little boy at the old 400s and watching him (Rick) race and being with him in the pits and all. It is such a big track for all of Short Track racing. I've wanted that guitar since I was a kid and I'm not going to stop trying until I get it."
Hogan has raced at the Fairgrounds on countless occasions, in everything from Super Late Models to the Southern All Star Series and now with NASCAR's Southeast Series (formerly the All Pro Series). In fact, he even holds the all-time track record, but a victory at the half-mile facility has eluded him.
"That place has bit me so many times. I've had awesome cars every time I've been there and unfortunately had little things bite me during the race; from parts breaking to even a ruling about not racing back to the line at one time. We actually beat Bobby Allison's Cup track records with our old All Pro car, so Nashville holds a special place in my heart.
"It's a track that suites my style. You can race anywhere you want to drive on it. I love the high banks. The last time I raced there was in the All Stars with Richie Wauters (car owner). I started 38th and finished fourth. I am confident we can do three spots better this time."
Hogan will take to the track on Saturday evening to begin his quest for the 2004 NASCAR Southeast Series Championship. He finished third in the championship chase in 2003 after winning the series' Rookie of the Year award in 2002.
"We've got a brand new Port City race car and a new Automotive Specialists engine so we are ready to go. The test we had last week at Peach State (Speedway in Georgia) was the first time I've been back in the Southeast Series car since last year's race in Irwindale (CA, the NASCAR Toyota All Star Showdown). I'm really looking forward to kick-starting the season. All the guys are so competitive, but friendly at the same time; and our test went so well that I think we are going to be tough to beat."
Hogan and the team have hooked up with Spring Hill Suites for the event. His beautiful number-92 car will be on display at the Spring Hill Suites in Nashville on Friday beginning late in the afternoon.
"Spring Hill Suites has been with me every time I go to Nashville for the past few years, so it is great to bring them along again. I would really like to win with them."
Hogan will also have his car on display on Thursday from 5-8 pm at AutoZone, located at 4815 Nolensville Road in Nashville.