Jason Hogan Is Ready To Defend His All American 400 Crown 23-Year-Old Georgia Driver Has One Guitar... Now He Wants Another CLEVELAND, GA (October 26, 2006) -- Jason Hogan is one of the lucky ones. Last year, he took the checkers at ...
Jason Hogan Is Ready To Defend His All American 400 Crown
23-Year-Old Georgia Driver Has One Guitar... Now He Wants Another
CLEVELAND, GA (October 26, 2006) -- Jason Hogan is one of the lucky ones. Last year, he took the checkers at Nashville's Music City Motorplex in the prestigious All American 400. In doing so, he added his name to the list of winners that includes Bobby Gill, Bob Senneker, Gary St. Amant, Darrell Waltrip, Butch Lindley, Rusty Wallace and countless others who have won the event.
Now that Hogan has added his name to that list, he'd like to add his name to the list that includes Gary Balough, Jeff Purvis, Wayne Anderson, Freddie Query and Butch Miller. Those are the drivers that have won the All American 400 at least twice.
"To be able to win another All American 400 would be great," said Hogan. "I can't tell anyone how much that would boost me as far as my career and as far as just personal achievement. I still to this day, can just be riding down the road and thinking about taking the checkered flag in that race. I can sit here and see exactly how it happened and get chill bumps up and down my arms.
"To win one of them is hard enough. To win two of them, much less back-to-back, is a really difficult task. With the car and the team I've got now, I think we've got a really, really good chance at doing that. We've got a great car, a great crew, a great crew chief. All I've got to do it get in there now and do my job."
Hogan was able to show how strong his car was last year, beating some of the best in the short track world from both the North and the South. However, this year things might be a little more tough for Hogan. This year's All American 400 has been split into two races; 200 laps for the CRA Super Series Super Late Models and 200 laps for the ASA Late Model Series.
With the race being shortened, even more drivers have entered in the CRA SLM side of things. As of Thursday, October 26th, a total of 75 cars have entered the event.
"At this point, there are 75 racecars entered and about 60 of those are capable of winning the race on a good day for them. Everyone is Snowball Derby this and Snowball Derby that, and I'm not knocking the Snowball Derby because it is one of the greatest races around that you can win, but if you look at the numbers, car-for-car, this field has more cars for the Super Late Models and more guys from the North and from the South than the Derby does. That steps things up a notch. Now, you are not only racing against Southern guys with a few top-notch Northern guys coming in, but you are racing against the North and the South at its best.
"Of course, I'd like to see that race go back to a true 400 lapper," added Hogan. "Then, you get pit strategy involved and you get the whole team involved that way. Even with the 300-lapper we had last year, you get the whole team involved. In the 200-lapper, you are still going to have to have strategy and you are still going to have to have the team involved, but you are going to have to go a lot harder at the beginning. We just have to go out and do what we've been doing all year and run our race."
Hogan recently tested both his Ford and Chevrolet cars at the .596-mile Nashville Fairgrounds track. The team said the test went real well and both cars are as good or better than the #92 Hogan Motorsports car that won the event in 2005.
"Everything we did to the car actually helped it. Nothing really hurt it. Most all day, we stayed real consistent. I think we've got a really good racecar for the 400."
Once again, Hogan will also have the sponsorship help of Spring Hill Suites at the Nashville Airport for the All American weekend.
The All-American 400 is scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, November 4-5 at the Music City Motorplex in Tennessee.