Hogan Ready To Add His Name To All American Record Books 22-Year-Old Grew Up Watching The Race, Now Wants To Win It CONCORD, NC (August 23, 2004) -- For decades, the All American 400 in Nashville (TN) was one of the biggest short track events of...
Hogan Ready To Add His Name To All American Record Books
22-Year-Old Grew Up Watching The Race, Now Wants To Win It
CONCORD, NC (August 23, 2004) -- For decades, the All American 400 in Nashville (TN) was one of the biggest short track events of the entire year anywhere in America. Drivers like Bobby Allison, Dick Trickle, Mark Martin and Rusty Wallace all turned plenty of laps in the race and even spent a lot of time in Victory Lane.
NASCAR Southeast Series regular and Georgia-native Jason Hogan grew up in the shadows of the event. His father owned cars entered in the race and driven by Rick Crawford through the years, so the 22-year-old has countless fond memories of the event.
Now, after a brief hiatus, the race returns to the Music City Motorplex (formerly the Fairgrounds Speedway at Nashville) for its 2004 version this weekend and nobody wants to win as badly as Hogan does. This year, the event is an open Super Late Model event, co-sanctioned by the Sunoco Super Series and Southern All Star Series.
"There is a lot of prestige to this race," said Hogan. "So many great short track drivers have raced here and won. To win a race, any race, at Nashville's Fairgrounds track would mean a lot to me. To win this race would mean much more."
In fact, Hogan has such a recollection of the track, that he has a tough time coming up with a favorite story about the race.
"There have been so many different things that have gone on here with so many different races and people, that it's hard to pick out just one memory," said Hogan. "I came here the last time that the NASCAR Southeast Series ran here (in 2000) and that is the only 400 I've raced in so far. There were over 100 cars entered and we qualified in the top 10. Some really great drivers, including (two-time ASA National Champion) Gary St. Amant, went home that year."
Hogan has high expectations for this year's race.
"We always run good when we go to Nashville," said Hogan. "We've led laps, but haven't been able to close the deal yet. The track bites us every time that we go. But we have a great car and a great engine, so we have a really good chance at winning."
The Hogan Motorsports team just put their finishing touches on the car that is going to Nashville. It is a proven winner in their stable that hasn't been raced yet in 2004.
"We just put a new ARP ABC body on the car for this race," said Hogan. "We last raced the car in 2003 and won some Southern All Star races with it. It's a great car. It's not as good as our brand new car, but it's still plenty fast."
Going to the All American 400 means that Hogan will have to skip one of the NASCAR Elite Series' most prestigious races of the year. Hogan was invited to the NASCAR Toyota All Star Challenge at Irwindale Speedway (CA) on November 13th, but had to decline the invitation.
"We really wanted to go to Irwindale," said Hogan. "It was a tough decision not to go, but we had sponsors to run Nashville and the next week at Concord (Motorsports Park, NC in the Asphalt World Championships) and we had nothing to go to California, so it was about economics."
Hogan finished out the 2004 NASCAR Southeast Series season with a fifth-place finish in the point standings.