MARYVILLE, Tenn. (Apr. 4) Donald and Tommy finished one-two in the Ultimate/Battle of the Bluegrass event at Smoky Mountain Speedway Saturday night.
Although he was not feeling well, Donald set fast time, started on the pole and led ever lap of the event to take his career first win at Smoky Mountain Speedway.
“This new car is so different from what we have been used to, but we are finally figuring out what it needs and tonight the car was awesome,” said Donald. “After the Spring Nationals race here I knew we had the speed and I thought we could and would run better here at Smoky Mountain.”
While Donald was keeping the competition at bay, Tommy was having his own good run. He won his heat, started eleventh and moved into second after a lap-28 caution. He wasn’t able to do anything with Donald who had the lead, but it was the first one-two finish for the Blount Motorsports Team in quite awhile.
“What a good car and not a bad run. I told the crew that the car was better than where it was starting because the driver messed up qualifying,” said Tommy with a big grin. “This is the best I have run in a while and the first time the Blount Motorsports cars have run one-two in three or four years.”
Although Smoky Mountain Speedway is the home track for the Maryville, Tennessee based Blount Motorsports it is a track Donald had yet to run well there. Going into the 2016 season one of Donald’s personal goals was to get better runs and some wins at Smoky Mountain.
“This is our home track and I have really wanted to run well and win here for Larry Garner, our sponsors, fans and the whole team. It finally happened,” continue Donald. “To have Tommy coming from eleventh and finishing second put the icing on the cake. What a great night!”
Blount Motorsports enjoys sponsorship from Stowers (CAT) Machinery Corp., Arnold Trucking, Blount Excavating, Cherokee Millwright, Food City, 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. Noses and body parts are from Five Star Stock Car Bodies and tires are from Hoosier Tire South and Hoosier Performance Tires.