Shauna Hogg having her Best Racing Season, but it May Be Her Last
Hogg has been racing sprint cars since she was a teenager and considers Placerville Speedway to be her home track. When the Western Classic series returns to Placerville on Aug. 4, it could mark her final race there.
In perhaps her last season as a sprint car driver, Shauna Hogg is having her best season.
The 45-year-old Citrus Heights resident is leading the United States Auto Club's Western Classic Sprint Car series by 76 points over Lincoln's Tony Hunt.
It's not the first time Hogg has led in points, but it is her largest lead in the series that features races on asphalt and dirt. Hogg leads all drivers with 235 points on dirt and is sixth on asphalt with 113 points. Consistency has powered her to atop the standings – she has yet to win a race on either surface.
"I'm really excited about how we've done on asphalt this season, especially," said Hogg, who said she's still much more comfortable racing on dirt. "We've put the time in the shop instead of just at the track on race day, and that's made the difference. We used to have a lot of mechanical failures in years past, but that's not happening this season."
Hogg credits crew chiefs Louie Genusso and Moose Blacey. Genusso calls the shots for asphalt races and Blacey oversees races on dirt.
The two men are responsible for setups for the non-winged, 360-cubic-inch sprint car. Track conditions vary not only from track to track but from qualifying to heat races to main events. Crew chiefs must make the tough calls on stagger and ...