Hogan, who has proven himself to be one of the most talented young racers in the country over the last couple of years, has been close to getting that Rattler win. He’s be in that position twice. So now that Hogan can taste it, he wants the win even more.
“This race would rank right up there with the All American 400 I’d say. I want to win it bad,” said the 22-year-old Hogan. “It’s one of the top-five races that I’d like to win because of the prestige and the years that it’s been around. It’s a big race down here in the South. It’s the year opener for a lot of people and it’s a tradition that has been around for almost as long as races like the Snowball Derby. It’s a big event and there have been a lot of big names that have won it.”
The Rattler at South Alabama Speedway has an illustrious name of former winners. Some of those include Pete Hamilton, Dave Mader III, Mickey Gibbs, Ronnie Sanders, Wayne Neidecken Jr., Charlie Bradberry and Wayne Willard. The race has been run every year since 1974.
Not only is it one of the biggest races of the year for Hogan and one of the wins that he wants more than any, but it is also the kick start to his season. Every year for the last several years, Hogan has begun his year at the Rattler.
“It has pretty much been our first race every year for the last several years,” added Hogan. “We like going there and we run well there. We have wins at the track, but just not in the Rattler. If we could win the race, it would be a good momentum builder into the regular season.
“I’ve finished second there the last two years, so I think the place kind of owes us one. We’ve come close quite a few times and I think we have the equipment to do it again. We’ve got the team to do it and I think we have as good of a shot at it this year than ever before.”
The season will also put to rest what has been a very busy off-season for Hogan. In addition to participating and being a part of the final 10 in Roush Racing’s “Race for the Ride,” Hogan also became a winner in the Snowball Derby…as a crew member for winner Steve Wallace.
When not at a race, Hogan’s been keeping up his skills any way he can.
“I’m ready to get back behind the wheel,” said Hogan. “I’ve been tearing up the video game on the computer trying to just keep myself sharp. I’ve also been going to any race I can find a way to. It sucks having to be there watching when you go to races because I want to be out there in the car (or truck) racing myself. So I’m ready to get it going.”
“I’m just trying to get around and get myself out there as much as I can and see as many people as I can,” added Hogan. “I’ve just been going to a lot of truck races and trying to find a truck ride for a few races this year. And, of course, I’m always working on the sponsor thing. That is just something you do as a racer.
“The Roush deal during the off-season was awesome. It gives you a lot of momentum and pumps you up as a race car driver knowing that you are one of the best and most sought after drivers in the country.”
South Alabama Speedway is set to open the 2005 racing season on March 4th and 5th with the 29th Annual Rattler Weekend. A full weekend of racing action is planned, capped off with the Rattler 200 Super Late Model race on Saturday evening.
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