The CARS Tour Throwback 276 at Hickory Motor Speedway (NC) was one of the most anticipated events of the summer, and the Super Late Model feature did not disappoint with Tate Fogleman taking the victory in a car painted to match a car that Sam Ard made famous in Busch Grand National competition at Hickory and other short tracks around the country.
Fogleman took the lead from Matt Craig with 26 laps to go and never looked back, beating Craig by 5.3 seconds in a caution-free 138 lap feature race.
Craig led all of the first 112 laps of the race after starting on the pole position. He said his car just faded in the closing laps.
“The car just went away a little bit,” Craig told Speed51.com powered by JEGS. “I don’t know if I used my tires up too much or what, but Fogleman was really good. Lately he’s been getting better, so we’ll just go back and work on it a bit. We really faded at the end. I think I used the right rear tire up too much, so we’ll just go back to the shop and discuss it and try to be better for the next one.”
While Fogleman drove away at the end, the car that appeared to be the fastest on the track was that of Bubba Pollard.
Pollard was forced to start at the rear of the field after taking the car out of the post-qualifying impound line to make fixes to what they thought may have been an engine issue.
The Senoia, Georgia driver started in the 19th position and methodically worked his way through the stout field. He eventually had to settle for fourth as the caution flag never came to give him a chance at the win.
“We were definitely faster than those guys,” Pollard said. “I was saving my stuff even while coming through the field. I just got stuck behind some lapped cars and never got the caution I wanted. If we got that caution I think we could have done something.”
Fogleman, a champion in Super Late Model racing in the south, said the victory on Saturday night at Hickory is one of the most special of his career.
“This means a lot. My dad (Jay) worked for Sam and raced for Sam. My dad has told me stories about him that I’ve always loved. I’m really glad that I was able to get him back into victory lane.”
Fogleman and Craig set a blistering pace in the 138-lap feature event. The race took just 36 minutes and 17 seconds to complete. Only five cars remained on the lead lap at the end. Brandon Setzer finished third, Pollard finished fourth and Tyler Ankrum completed the top five.
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Speed51.com will have more from Saturday’s CARS Tour Throwback 276 still to come including video interviews from both the Super Late Model and Late Model Stock Car features on the Speed51 Video Network.
-By Rob Blount, Speed51.com Southeast Editor – Twitter: @RobBlount
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CARS Tour Throwback 276
Hickory Motor Speeedway, Newton, North Carolina
Super Late Model Unofficial Results
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