Hobgood Working Bugs Out of New Toyota
Jake Hobgood tested his brand new Toyota at Lowe's Motor Speedway on Monday afternoon.
is going to happen," says Hobgood. "We don't have any experience with the aero on this Celica and it is something we definitely have to work on.  Luckily here at Charlotte aero is not as big of a deal as it is at Daytona, but it does play a part.  I know we can be competitive on the short tracks with this car.  Don Miller and the guys have the Toyota program on the right track and we are going to be real competitive once we get this thing figured out.  We really just need to get a momentum roll and make the turn around in Charlotte.  Our sport is all about momentum and we need to get it going right now."

Also testing at LMS was Goody's Dash Series 2002 Rookie of the Year Chuck Gafrarar. Chuck was a no-show at the "Dirt Duel" in Oglethorpe but will make his return to the Series in front of the hometown crowd in Charlotte.  Gafrarar is renting one of Jake Hobgood's old Pontiac Sunfire racecars for the Charlotte and Kentucky races and wants to make a full time return to the Dash Series after losing his previous ride.
After the season opening race in Daytona, Hobgood made the switch from Pontiac to Toyota.  He gave his new make an impressive debut on the dirt at Oglethorpe (GA); he scored the pole for the inaugural dirt track experience.  Unfortunately for Hobgood, he crashed out of the main event.  With the heartbreak of Oglethorpe behind him, Jake now looks to his first Superspeedway run in the Celica.  But Hobgood's bad luck continued at the test, as his Toyota only took a few laps at speed because of power steering problems and good ol' Mother Nature.  The series' champ may appear to be on the ropes, but he remains optimistic that they can get this Toyota up front.

"We have a lot doubts and lot of questions about what

Fresh off their first dirt race, the NASCAR Goody's Dash Series' gang took to the high-banks of Lowe's Motor Speedway for a day-long test session recently.  Most of the series' regulars were on hand, including defending Goody's Dash champ Jake Hobgood, who was testing his new Toyota racecar.