- Last Updated on 03:32 PM 05/09/13
- BY Joe Chandler
For Jay Fogleman, it will be like coming home when the Pro All Stars Series (PASS) makes its first stop of the season Saturday at South Boston Speedway.
And, he will be bringing his 13-year-old son, Tate, a rookie competitor in the PASS South Super Late Model Series, with him.
“South Boston Speedway is the first place I ever drove a racecar, practice or otherwise,” Fogleman, a Durham, N.C. resident, pointed out.
“The best thing is coming back to race this close to home, and having Tate race with me is pretty exciting. It will be nice to have family and friends there to watch us race.
Many people locally that have helped us over the years will come and watch us run. It’s hard for them to go to places like Washington state or Maine to watch us run. I’m glad to be back close by home to race.”
Fogleman has gotten off to a fast start to his 2013 season. Through the season’s first four races, Fogleman has a win and has finished in the top ten in each of his starts. He enters Saturday night’s 150-lap race at South Boston Speedway as the series points leader and stands just two points out of the lead in the PASS series’ national standings.
“We’ve gotten off to a much better start than I had planned on,” Fogleman pointed out.
“With what we’re doing with cars, we’ve hit on something that’s really comfortable to drive and its competitive and fast. I always feel like I can win when I come to South Boston, but the way we’ve got the cars right now, we’re really going in with a lot of confidence. Hopefully, I can come out of there with a win or a top-five finish and keep this points deal going.”
A positive factor for Fogleman is that he has a good deal of momentum behind him.
“We’ve got good momentum coming into South Boston, and we’ve got really good racetracks for me that are coming up,” remarked Fogleman.
“We’ve already been to some of my weaker racetracks and have come out with the points lead, so we’re really looking forward to getting on with the rest of the year.”
Amazingly, Fogleman has raced his way to the top of the PASS South Super Late Model Series points standings driving three different cars.
“I had gotten to the point I was going to cut back and just run the national races and let Tate drive all of our cars, and that’s what he’s doing,” Fogleman explained.
“Dickie Woodman with Woodman Racing wanted me to drive his car a couple of times. Things have kept falling into place, and I’ve got some other people that are interested in having me drive their cars later in the season. It’s hard not to keep racing when you’re leading the points. I guess I’m going to keep on a little while longer.”
Fogleman will be behind the wheel of a different car when the PASS South Series makes its stop at South Boston Speedway Saturday night.
“Tate is going to be driving the house car,” Fogleman explained.
“I’ve kind of turned all of the house-car racing over to Tate. I’ve got one of Dickie Woodman’s cars that I’m keeping at the shop some that I’m going to drive this weekend. It will be a solid black No. 4.
“We’ve changed Tate’s number to 8,” continued Fogleman.
“That is a number he wanted, and that’s what is on all of our cars here. He has the SPEEDCO sponsorship with him this year, which has really been a big help for us.” Fogleman is always one of the top contenders for the win when the PASS South Series visits South Boston Speedway. The tough .4-mile oval is a track at which Fogleman virtually always experiences success.
“South Boston Speedway is one of the places I like,” Fogleman explained.
“It’s like a fisherman or anybody else, when you feel comfortable about where you are and what you’re doing you do well.”
Having raced at South Boston Speedway for so many years, Fogleman is very familiar with the track and the little nuances that come with it.
“That racetrack is so tricky as far as getting on and off of the apron,” Fogleman pointed out.
“There are just a few things that having run so many races there over the years that I know about the racetrack, things like how to get on and use the apron if the car is a little tight, and being able to run up in the groove if the car is loose in order to tighten it up. I just feel real confident when I go into the race there every year.”