At last, after two interventions by bad weather, the brand-new PRA Tours Super Late Model Series is set for its first outing this coming Saturday night, July 6 at Caraway Speedway as a part of the Rusty Harpe Memorial. The fresh battleground for Super Late Model racing in North Carolina is expected to draw a number of the state’s top short track aces.
Tate Fogleman is one who has been eager to take on this new challenge since the series’ original launch date back in April, a feeling also stoked by Fogleman’s good relationship with Caraway.
“With first two races getting rained out, I’m really looking forward to it," Fogleman told Speed51. "We went and tested at Caraway before, so we should have a good setup on our car. It just makes you feel even better when you can go in with a good car, or at least plan on it."
"I’ve always liked that track, last time we were there we qualified on the pole, and ran well in the race until the shock gave up," added Fogleman. "I’ve run well there, my dad’s run well there; it should be good with our experience.”
While Fogleman knows that the newest series for Super Late Model racing on the local block is going to take some time to build up, he feels that race fans in attendance at the 0.455-mile oval in Sophia, NC on Saturday will get a great taste of what’s to come in the future. Between the summer heat making for a slick surface and what should be a quality field, Fogleman expects a great show to watch.
“It’s going to be hot, so once rubber gets down on the track it’ll be greasy, especially while the sun is still up," said Fogleman. "But, I think it’ll put on a good show. Guys like Jared Fryar will be there too, so the competition will be tough. The new tour will take some time to develop, but we’ll have some heavy hitters there, and it’ll be a good time.”
As for Fogleman’s 2019 season, it has been hit or miss at times during the year. But, like the PRA Series, there’s great promise that’s just waiting to be harnessed.
“Just partnering with DLP Motorsports earlier in the year, the first race we had a shot to win, but got taken out with three or four laps to go, and we’ve just been working on the cars," said Fogleman. "They have a few cars in their shop and we took a few of our cars there. So we’re just trying to figure out which one is the best and most consistent right now. We’ve been working on the package, but so far it’s turning out really well.”
Admittedly for Fogleman, a win on this particular Saturday would have a good bit of extra significance given the historical ramifications of this kickoff race.
“It would be cool, that’s our goal for sure; every race out that’s our goal," noted Fogleman. "But, it would be really special to win this first one on the PRA Super Late Model Tour.”
Fogleman has a more paramount reason to get to victory lane Saturday, breaking a winless drought that stretches back more than a year.
“We’re needing a win right now, we got the speed to do it, but nothing has worked out this season," lamented Fogleman. "It’s been a long time since I won a race actually, we were on a roll in 2017, but then it slowed down last year. Just bad luck, we’ve had fast cars, but we still need that win to build the momentum back up, and get things rolling again.”
Race fans from across the Southeast are set to head to Caraway Speedway on Saturday, but fans from all over the globe can also see not only the debut of the PRA Tours SLM Series, but also the Southern Modified Racing Series, Southeast Limited Late Model Series, 602 Tour Super Limiteds, and Modifieds, plus more live on Speed51.com.
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-Story by: Connor Sullivan, Speed51 Northeast Editor – Twitter: @Connor51CT
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