Fogleman Joins Winter Meltdown Entrants
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Two-time defending Pro All Stars Series (PASS) Super Late Model national champion Jay Fogleman headlines another impressive group of drivers that have entered for the third running of the Florida Winter Meltdown at New Smyrna (Fla.) Speedway on Feb. 8.
Fogleman’s entry comes as somewhat of a surprise after he announced last year that he would curtail racing to focus more on his 14-year-old son Tate’s budding career.
While Fogleman has no plans to defend his PASS South Super Late Model championship of a year ago, he does plan on making a run at his third straight PASS National Series title. Fogleman will return to the seat of his famed No. 4 out of the family owned Bull City Race Cars shop.
“We’re definitely stepping back this year to focus on Tate and trying to help him win the PASS South championship,” said Fogleman. “I’m planning to run all the PASS National races this year. We came close to winning at Oxford (Maine) Plains Speedway last year and I sure would like to get that Oxford 250 trophy before my career’s all said and done.”
While the elder Fogleman, does not plan another full season run at both the PASS National and PASS South titles, the same cannot be said for Tate Fogleman. Tate will once again pilot the Speedco Truck Lube & Tire Ford in 2014 with plans to compete for both championships. The Florida Winter Meltdown will be young Tate’s first visit to New Smyrna Speedway following a successful rookie campaign in 2013 that saw him finish fifth in the PASS National Series and PASS South Super Late Model championship. Last season was highlighted by a seventh place finish in the Winter Meltdown at Florida’s Auburndale Speedway and by qualifying for his first Oxford 250.
Another driver planning to make his first start in this year’s Florida Winter Meltdown will be Hickory, N.C. native Tyler Church. Last Fall Church became one of the nation’s breakout short track racers following an emotional win at his hometown track, the Hickory (N.C.) Motor Speedway, in the Over The Mountain 150.
Church proved that win was no fluke by driving to a dominant victory in the Mason Dixon Meltdown at Southern National Motorsports Park in Lucama, N.C. With the necessary funding, Church plans to compete for the PASS South Super Late Model championship in 2014 with an eye at possibly competing in the PASS National Series.
In his first year driving PASS Pro Late Models in 2013, second generation driver Harrison Burton proved he was a quick study scoring a pair of wins at Dillon (S.C.) Motor Speedway. Under the tutelage of his father, Jeff, Harrison Burton looks to further his career, moving into PASS Super Late Models in 2014 starting at the Florida Winter Meltdown.
Veteran John Batten has also filed an early entry for the Winter Meltdown. Batten heads to New Smyrna following the most successful season in his eight year PASS South Super Late Model career.
Entries continue to come in daily for what looks to be one of the biggest Super Late Model races of the Winter.