WORTH THE WAIT
For Jay Fogleman, it was a waiting game.
After the persistent rain showers that delayed the start of the Motor Mile 150 dissipated, Fogleman patiently outlasted his top competition to notch his first Pro All Star Series South feature in over a year.
“I just kept trying to save it until the end,” Fogleman said in victory lane. “The car was really decent; I just didn’t want to run it too hard. Can’t say enough about the competition—they put on a good show, even with the weather.”
Fourteen cars started the marquee event, with veteran Brandon Ward pacing the opening fifty circuits. After a brief battle with Kyle Grissom, Ward surrendered the top spot on lap 56. Grissom proceeded to dominate the midway portion of the race uncontested.
After enjoying a substantial half-straightaway lead over his competition, Grissom’s advantage was erased by the event’s lone caution flag on lap 103.
Fogleman began his assault for the top spot as the field came to the restart. For the next 33 laps, Fogleman’s no. 4 and Grissom’s no. 31 were inseparable. After meticulous use of the apron, Fogleman eventually managed to inch alongside Grissom in turn two on lap 136.
Fogleman eclipsed Grissom as the pair plunged into turn three, with the no. 26 of Preston Peltier in tow.
The remainder of the race was a showcase of stellar two-groove racing. With Fogleman protecting the bottom, Peltier ventured to the top groove to maneuver past the leader. Ultimately, the effort was to no avail.
“It was the right move,” Peltier said afterward. “He was protecting the bottom pretty good, and we did what we had to do. It just wasn’t enough.”
Grissom, fighting failing brakes, finished third after leading the majority of the show.
The win marked Fogleman’s first PASS South triumph at Motor Mile Speedway. It was a race of redemption for Fogleman, who fell short of victory lane in the 2011 installment to winner Ben Rowe in the waning laps.
IN OTHER DIVISIONS
Tate Fogleman notched the win in the CCS Super Limited 50-lap feature. Daryl Mason (Southeastern) and Ryan Adams (Virginia) claimed the mini cup checkered flags, and Doug Lawrence captured the victory in the UCAR heat—his second consecutive division win.