MARYVILLE, Tenn. (June 12) For Donald and the Blount Motorsports Team it was their third trip to Eldora Speedway together and it turned out to be the best of the three.
Very few teams are able to solve Eldora right out of the box especially when the pits are stacked with top talent for The Late Model Dream or the World 100.
For this years 23th running of The Late Model Dream things shook out a little bit better McIntosh than the first two trips for the World 100 in 2015 and 2016. McIntosh tested the wall on Thursday night in qualifying for the first prelim. After the crew replace the bulk of the right front corner and some of the rear deck McIntosh missed making the feature by one position in the consi.
“After getting into the wall during qualifying we were able to get the car back together for the cons and we ended up one position from making the feature,” said Donald.
Friday night they qualified fifth fastest, started fourth and won the third heat. They started sixth and finished seventh in the feature.
“No matter the race track and or the quality of the field you have to put down a good qualifying lap and that is what we were able to do on Friday night, continued Donald.
For Saturday the heat points accumulated in both the Thursday and Friday prelims determined race line-ups in the heats. McIntosh started sixth in the sixth heat and for the second time he came up one position short of making the feature.
“We were close and ran fourth until Bobby Pierce got by us on the last lap. In our two previous trips to Eldora we ended up pretty much like we did Thursday night. To have a good clean run like on Friday night and coming so close to making The Dream doesn’t make things good, but it makes them better,” concluded Donald
“In the three times we have been to Eldora with Donald it is the best we have been. The equipment is beat up and bent a bit, but not a big deal,” added David.
The next race for the BMS team will be the Southern All Star Big Daddy 500 at Smoky Mountain this Saturday night.
Blount Motorsports enjoys sponsorship from Stowers (CAT) Machinery Corp., Arnold Trucking, Blount Excavating, Cherokee Millwright, Food City, Massey Electric, Tennessee RV, 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, Storie Manifolds, Driven Racing Oil, VP Race Fuels and starting power from Go Lithium batteries. Drive train components are from Quarter Master with Carbon Fiber drive shafts from Fastshafts. The shocks are Penske Racing Shocks with chassis and suspension components from TWM. Springs are from Hyperco. Noses and body parts are from Five Star Stock Car Bodies and tires are Hoosier Performance Tires from Hoosier Tires South.