Fogleman Following In Father’s Footsteps
SOUTH BOSTON, Va. – Racing has long been a sport that families have enjoyed together. Fathers and sons, mothers and daughters, grandparents and cousins, have made lasting memories attending races together spanning multiple generations.
The competitive side of motorsports is no different. Maine’s racing Rowes, Mike and Ben, have seen countless checkered flags in their time competing together in the Pro All Stars Series (PASS) North and South Super Late Model divisions, winning a combined seven championships between the two of them.
This year, another famous short track dad is passing the torch to his son as the PASS South Super Late Models prepare for this weekend’s 150 lapper at South Boston Speedway in Virginia. Jay Fogleman has been one of the top names in short track racing since beginning his career at bullrings like South Boston more than 25 years ago.
His success has continued in PASS South, racing with the series since 2008 and winning the 2012 PASS National Championship. Despite admittedly being in the twilight of his long career, Jay Fogleman currently leads the PASS South Super Late Model points standings on the strength of winning the most recent series event at Southern National Raceway Park back in April. But now, Fogleman is being pushed by an unlikely challenger, his 13-year-old son, Tate.
“He gives me a hard time telling me how to drive sometimes, but now I’m catching up with him,” said Tate with a smile referring to his dad. “I’m trying not to be too hard on him.”
Tate Fogleman is currently in his first full season competing in the South’s toughest short track series. After moving up from Bandoleros, Tate began racing Late Models in 2011 and found success last year in the PASS Pro Late Model division. With new sponsor Speedco on board in 2013, the Foglemans decided to forgo their plans to race for the PASS Pro Late Model title and move instead into the much more powerful and competitive PASS South Super Late Models. A decision Jay has been pleasantly surprised by thus far.
“We’re way ahead of schedule from where I thought we’d be two years ago,” said Jay Fogleman. “That was the thing, we started Tate out in the PASS Pro Late Model and he did so well I thought he was ready for PASS South. We started the year out with the crate, but when we put the built motor in, I couldn’t believe his awareness and he took right to it. We had some mechanical problems at Kenly, but I was real satisfied with his progress. I’m real pleased.”
Tate started the season off with an impressive seventh place finish in the PASS National season opener at Florida’s Auburndale Speedway in February and currently sits 14th in PASS South points. Despite the early season change in plans, Tate is happy with his progress and believes his best is yet to come.
“We’re learning a lot, especially since we put this big motor in and we’re just hoping to put the Speedco Truck Lube and Tire Ford into victory lane before this year is over,” said Tate Fogleman. “I really believe we can do it.”