MARYVILLE, Tenn. (Aug. 4) For Donald it was his first Southern Nationals Championship. For Blount Motorsports it was their third in their 16-year history. And it hopefully put an end to what has been a frustrating first half of the season.
There were three different cars involved, different motor combinations and there was a lot of thrashing, beating out bodies. Plus there was more than enough heat and humidity to go around.
“The Southern Nationals are always a grind and this one was even more so,” said David. “With the different cars and motors, we used and all the body and other damage we had to correct to have zero failures is pretty amazing. We didn’t win a feature, but we didn’t luck into the championship either.”
“When we went to Tommy’s (Kerr’s) 4T car we picked up some speed and were able to add four top five finishes to our total and won the championship,” said Donald. “We took a beating, but all the hard work paid off as we were able to end the series on a high note.”
Ray Cook will not be running the Fall National Series this year, so the Southern Nationals ended any point chasing for Blount Motorsports this year.
“As much as running series and chasing points can be a pain it is hard not to run Ray Cook’s three Schaeffer’s Oil Series. Winning the Southern Nationals and not having the Fall Nationals and chasing points is kind of nice after what we have been through this season,” said David and echoed Donald.
The team is going to take a couple of weekends away from the track to get everything patched up and put back together, before attacking the remainder of the season.
Blount Motorsports enjoys sponsorship from Stowers (CAT) Machinery Corp., Blount Excavating, Massey Electric, Turner Hydraulics, Ole Ben Franklin Motors and The Wine and Spirits Cellar.
BMS races Rocket XR1 Chassis. Power is provided by Vic Hill Racing Engines with Dyer’s Top Rods, Driven Racing Oil, Waterman Fuel Pumps, VP Race Fuels and starting power from Go Lithium batteries. Gauges and wiring harnesses from QuickCar. Carbon Fiber drive shafts from Fastshafts. The shocks are Penske Racing Shocks with chassis and suspension components from TWM, Brakes from Wilwood and springs from Hyperco. Tires are Hoosier Performance Tires from Hoosier Tires South.