Bull City teen phenom to race at Orange County Speedway Sat.

Apr. 02, 2014 @ 05:19 PM

Orange County Speedway kicks off its 2014 season here Saturday with with the 9th annual Pro All Stars Series (PASS) Orange Blossom Special at 6 p.m.

Racing takes place at the speedway at 9740 N.C. Highway 57 the second and fourth Saturdays of each month through September and the season concludes with races on Oct. 11 and Oct. 18.

For 13-year-old PASS South Super Late Model driver Tate Fogleman of Durham, Saturday’s action has special significance.

Both Tate’s grandfather, Kent, and father, two-time PASS National Champion Jay Fogleman, have raced and won at Orange County Speedway. So naturally, anytime the Foglemans race there it attracts a lot of family and friends.

“It’s a really special place to us,” said Tate Fogleman, driver of the Speedco Truck Lube and Tire Ford. “My dad’s raced there for so long and I won my first PASS Pro Late Model race there. Orange County’s close to home for us so we’re hoping to get some practice in so we can get a good finish there in April, if not the win.”

Last year, Jay Fogleman claimed two victories on the way to his second straight PASS National Championship and his first PASS South Super Late Model title. Ironically, his final win as a full-time PASS South driver came at Orange County last October. As a rookie in the series, Tate finished fifth in points with two top 10s to his credit.

Last year, Jay Fogleman claimed two victories on the way to his second straight PASS National Championship and his first PASS South Super Late Model title. Ironically, his final win as a full-time PASS South driver came at Orange County last October. As a rookie in the series, Tate finished fifth in points with two top 10s to his credit.

But, the 2014 season has seen a shift for the Jfco Motorsports team as more focus is being given to Tate’s budding career, while Jay steps back and plans to only compete in the PASS National Series events. The recent South Carolina Clash at Dillon Motor Speedway was a different experience for both father and son as Jay coached Tate throughout the weekend of racing.

“My dad gives me all of this advice, but these tracks seem to change every time we go to them,” said Fogleman. “I guess the easiest thing to do is just go as fast as we can every lap we’re out there and make him as proud as I can.”

NOTES — Admission to Saturday’s racing will be $25 per vehicle for up to six people or $10 per person. ... Action gets under way on Friday at Orange County Speedway with rotating practice in the afternoon for the PASS South Super Late Models, PASS Pro Late Models and Legends. On Saturday, pit gates will open at 11 a.m. for the 9th Annual Orange Blossom Special, with rotating practice for all divisions in the afternoon. Qualifying will begin at 4 p.m. and racing will start at 6 p.m. featuring 150 laps for the PASS Super Late Models, 50 laps for the PASS Pro Late Models, plus action for the Legends cars. For more information about Orange County Speedway, call (336) 364-1222, email ocstrack@gmail.com or visit www.ocstrack.com online.