MARYVILLE, Tenn. (Dec. 23) After a disappointing second half of the 2015 season Blount Motorsports is gearing up with a new car, new engines and a new outlook as they prepare for 2016.

After a strong start winning the first race of 2015 and a strong come from behind push to win the Old Man’s Garage Spring National Championship, things went down hill for the rest of the season.

“We had a good finish in 2014, got off to a great start in 2015 and then things started to come unwound,” said David. “There were a lot of rainouts, we had some mechanical problems pop up and we just never could get any kind of rhythm going. Couldn’t get into a groove.”

David, who has never had a job outside of racing, knows better than most how difficult it is to have a season anything close to what Jonathan Davenport and the Rumleys put together this year.

“Racing is a strange business and there are way more ways to fail than there are to succeed. We could blame our not so wonderful second half of the season on the chassis, we were down a bit there, or we could blame it on any number of other things, but the bottom line is as a team we were not as good in the second half as we were in the first,” continued David. “Then when we destroyed the car at the World 100 and Donald ended up with a concussion, that really set us back.”

David and Donald went to Rocket last week and put together one of the new Rocket 2016 XR1 Chassis. They are installing a new Vic Hill Chevrolet 460 and getting everything ready for 2016.

“We have the new XR1 Rocket at the shop getting ready and we have a great relationship with Mark, Josh and everyone at Rocket. We just picked up a new 460 from Vic Hill and our engine program is right where we want it to be. Donald has gotten his degree and is finished with school so he will have more time. 2015 is behind us and everything is looking good for 2016,” concluded David.

The first race of the season will be the Hangover on January 1 at 411 Motor Speedway.

Blount Motorsports enjoys sponsorship from Stowers (CAT) Machinery Corp., Arnold Trucking, Blount Excavating, Cherokee Millwright, Food City, GEO Services, Insurance Partners, Massey Electric, Tennessee RV, Turner Hydraulics, VP Race Fuels and Wine and Spirits Cellar.

BMS races Rocket Chassis with power from Vic Hill Racing Engines, with Dyer’s Top Rods, Storie Manifolds, Driven Racing Oil and VP Race Fuels. Drive train components are from Quarter Master, the shocks are Öhlins, chassis and suspension components from TWM, OMG, and PPM with springs from Hyperco. For parts and pieces it’s J.T. Kerr Racing Equipment and body parts are from Five Star Stock Car Bodies. Tires are Hoosier Racing Tires.