MARYVILLE, Tenn. (Jan. 7) In his first race after being named Blount Motorsports’ primary driver Donald McIntosh scored a dominant win in the first race of 2015, The Hangover 40 at 411 Speedway.
McIntosh, who won the last race of the season at Boyd’s Speedway, had the second fastest time of the afternoon, won the dash and started on the pole of the 40-lap feature. Leading every lap he was the class of the field.
“Our game plan went well. We had a good car, Donald drove a great race and we came away with a win,” grinned David Bryant. “Getting the new Rocket chassis before the end of the year and being able finish up the season with them gave us the time we needed to come up with a good baseline on the cars. It is great to start the season with a win.”
Dirt track preparation is not an exact science and prepping a track for daytime racing is always tough. At 411 on New Years day the track did get rough in spots.
Team owner Larry Garner was pleased with how McIntosh was able to stay out of trouble on a rough track. “The track got pretty rough and Donald was able to negotiate the rough spots especially the one in turn two. He used his head and hit his spots while negotiating the rough places. It was fun to watch.”
“The track was a challenge. There are some races that are a lot of work and this was one of them. The fact that the car was so good really helped take the edge off of everything,” said McIntosh who hadn’t won back-to-back races since he won five in a row years ago when he was racing Crates. “Having a good race car like the one that B.J. and David brought to 411 was a great equalizer.”
This weekend the team heads to Talladega Short Track for the 24th running of the Ice Bowl.
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 (Orange) with power from Vic Hill Racing Engines, which uses 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 and springs from Hyperco. For parts and pieces it’s J.T. Kerr Racing Equipment and body parts are from Five Star Stock Car Bodies. The rubber comes Hoosier Racing Tires.