With just two hands you can count the number of times Jay Fogleman has been behind the wheel of a race car since the 2014 racing season. While focusing on his son Tate’s racing career, the 50-year-old North Carolina racer has elected to put his own racing on the backburner. But this weekend, Fogleman will make a 900-mile trip to chase a victory that he’s been hungry for since 2013.
Fogleman will make the trek from Pittsboro, North Carolina to Oxford, Maine in order to make a rare start behind the wheel and compete in the 44th Annual Oxford 250.
The trip to Oxford Plains Speedway (ME) will be the second of Fogleman’s career after recording a third-place finish in 2013, his final full-time season in the driver’s seat.
“I have finally wanted to get it done. That is just one of the races that I have left that I really, really want to win. It kind of got away from me a couple years ago,” Fogleman told Speed51.com powered by JEGS.
Going into the weekend, Fogleman believes he knows what moves he needs to make to capitalize on the mistakes he made during his previous visit to the Oxford 250. He is hoping that he can use the knowledge he gained to place himself in victory lane with the $25,000-plus check on Sunday evening.
“The last time we went I was so close but it ended up being a tire deal because I still had a set of tires in the pits,” Fogleman explained. “This year I plan on using all the tires that we have and using the caution to take tires so we don’t have any left over because ultimately that cost us the first time there.”
Fogleman recently had the chance to shake the No. 4 Super Late Model down prior to this weekend’s events. Following the test, he has the confidence that this year might be the year that he adds an Oxford 250 victory to his resume.
“I think we have the right package now that is for the 250. It is completely different than anything we run down South,” he stated. “It is something that after a few years I have gotten acclimated with what it takes to run good there. We are really going to be in good shape.”
Although Tate isn’t making the trip up to Maine with his father, he is busy with school starting back up and other things but still wanted to see his father race. This season has been the first in awhile that the two have been able to compete against each other in SLM’s, although he admits that he doesn’t consider his son to be his competition.
“I don’t really race against Tate, I more or less race for him. We use me to try things out for his car and get feedback to help make him better because we built this team for him,” Fogleman explained. “The improvement he has made has been incredible and it’s been really fun to see.”
Fans can watch as Jay Fogleman makes his return to the biggest one-day Super Late Model show in the country on Speed51.com’s live pay-per-view broadcast. Race fans can purchase video tickets to watch the race by clicking here.
-By Hannah Newhouse, Speed51.com Southeast Correspondent
-Photo credit: Norm Marx / PASS