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MARYVILLE, Tenn. (July 7) Blount Motorsport’s season continues to be a roller coaster ride. After two top five finishes at Volunteer in early June the team was looking forward to the next Southern All Star event at their home track, Smoky Mountain Speedway, to keep things going in a positive direction. But it was not to be.
After the first attempt to run the SAS event at Smoky Mountain was rained out the team geared up for the make up date the following Saturday. Billy Ogle and Tommy Kerr both qualified well, battled with each other in the top five and everything was looking good until an on track altercation with the same car put Billy on the wall and almost out of the track and Tommy in the rear of the field.
Billy was unable to continue and was scored 17th. Tommy fought his way back to an 11th place finish.
‘What happened shouldn’t have happened, but it did,” said Larry Garner. “I think everything that needed to be said was said at the race track and that is probably the best place to leave it.”
The BMS team jumped in and started putting the cars back together to get them ready for the WoO Late Model event at Tazewell Speedway.
At Tazewell Billy’s problems continued with a blown motor in hot laps and he was unable to qualify for the event. Tommy qualified seventh, finished fifth in the first heat, started 13th and finished seventh in the race.
“Track conditions were such that there was not a whole lot of passing. If it hadn’t been for flat tires the bulk of the field would have finished where they started,” commented Tommy, who was able to make his right rear last the full 101 laps and managed to pass one car.
This coming weekend Billy will race the Lucas event at Magnolia Speedway in Columbus, MS this Friday night. Tommy will take the weekend off and race the first three Southern National events starting with Wythe Raceway on Monday night.
Blount Motorsports enjoys sponsorship from Arnold Trucking, Bearden Oil Company, Blount Excavating, Cherokee Millwright, GEOServices, Insurance Partners, Massey Electric, Stowers (CAT) Machinery Corp. and Wine and Spirits Cellar.
They race Rocket chassis powered by Custom Race Engines with Dyer’s Top Rods and Gibbs Oil. The shocks are from Öhlins, chassis and suspension components from TWM, drive train components from Quarter Master, Sunoco Race Fuel from Bearden Oil and tires from Hoosier Racing Tires.