MARYVILLE, Tenn. (July 22) Donald survived a race that saw only five cars from the starting field finish to notch his third consecutive Schaeffer’s Oil Southern Nationals Win on Friday night at Swainsboro Raceway.
Donald won the first heat and started fifth in the 53-lap feature. Early in the race he used the bottom groove and then moved up to the rougher and faster higher groove. Keeping his nose clean he moved past Casey Roberts for the lead on the 32nd circuit.
Roberts would regain the lead on the 40th circuit, but his stay out front was short lived, as McIntosh would retake the lead on a restart one lap later. He led the final laps that included three of the 11 total cautions to take the win.
“Man I was completely worn out. I don’t think I have ever worked that hard in my life and surely not driving a race car. Someone said the race took over 55 minutes to run and it felt like it was longer than that,” said Donald. “The car was great, the crew did a great job and we came away with our third win in a row. It was a long night, but a great one.”
After the marathon event the crew checked the car over. They had to replace a door, the nose, the boot on the steering rack and that was about it. Another complete check of the car will be made at Screven before tonight’s race.
“The fact that the car lived to finish and we won what turned out to be a Late Model enduro is a tribute to Mark Richards at Rocket, Vic Hill and all the hard work by the BMS crew,” continued Donald. “Three wins in a row! I am waiting to wake up from this dream.”
Race four of the 11 race mini-series at Senoia Raceway on Thursday night was a repeat of race three at 411 Motor Speedway two nights prior. McIntosh set fast time, started on the pole and led every lap to take the win.
“Super night! We were fast when we unloaded and were fast when we finished,” grinned David. “The new Vic Hill motor is awesome. When you can run a 460 cu in motor on a slick track and win life is good.”
Nothing succeeds like success and scoring back-to-back wins has the team really fired up.
“You need more that just a good car and a good motor to win races and right now everything and everybody is clicking. The crew is doing a great job and everything has fallen into place. The driver, crew and crew chief are all pretty fired up,” concluded David.
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.