JACKSONVILLE, NC :: Michael Fose made the transition from Limited Late Model to Late Model Stock Car this season and now has his sights set on victory in Sunday’s Autumn Classic at Southern National Motorsports Park.
Fose, 18, had been running in the Limited Late Model division at Southern National earlier this season, picking up three victories on the season. During the summer, he made the move up to Late Model Stock Car. Since then, Fose has spent his time trying to get the handle of his Late Model.
“It’s a little bit different,” Fose said. “There’s a lot more drive in the car and getting it setup just right but other than that, motor wise, they’re about the same. Power wise, you’ve got four stickers. We’re trying to get the hang of it. We’ve got a lot of work to do but not bad.”
After failing to make the field for the MDCU 300 at Martinsville Speedway last month, Fose looks ahead to Southern National, a track he’s logged a lot of laps at, with optimism.
“We’ve got a real good car, good package. We’re going to do some testing pretty soon. We’ll see how the day goes. We’ve got a few packages we’re going to try so we’ll get it figured out and run solid.”
Fose feels like his car is good enough to give him a chance to win the race and thinks his experience at the track can give him an edge over much of the competition on Sunday.
“I think we have a chance of winning. There’s good competition out there but we’ve been running this track all year long. I know it pretty well; my crew knows the setup and how to get it right so we’ve got a real good chance of winning it.”
Fose began racing in 2006 when he raced in Go-Karts for four seasons. After that, he moved up, first to Pure Stock, then to Street Stock at Coastal Plains Raceway. Following his Street Stock days in Jacksonville, he competed in the Allison Legacy Series prior to making the move to a Limited Late Model.
With his experience and talent, Fose could be a pick to pull off a stunner and score the win in Sunday’s Autumn Classic.