MARYVILLE, Tenn. (Jun 22) After starting 14th in the Iron-Man Classic Tommy was able to move up eight places and score a sixth-place finish Saturday night at Smoky Mountain Speedway.

Tommy, who races selected events primarily at Smoky Mountain Speedway for Blount Motorsports, previous outings had been rough. This outing where everything seemed to fall into place was a pleasant, welcome and needed surprise.

“When you do this part time it is really hard to be competitive and run with these guys that do it full time. Tonight, we were competitive and were able to get out there and have some fun,” grinned Tommy. “Donald (McIntosh) and David (Bryant) have had more than their share of problems this year and it continued for them tonight, so it was good that I had a decent run.”

Donald and David have been fighting an ornery race car that they haven’t been able to figure out let alone control this year. Saturday night it was the backup car and it wasn’t the inability to communicate with it, it was the inability to keep a drive shaft in it.

“I am not sure if I have ever gone through three drive shafts in one night, but we sure did Saturday night,” said David. “Lost the first one in practice. We were the first one out to qualify so we hurried messed up putting in the new drive shaft and lost it on the first lap of qualifying.

Started last in the feature and was coming up through the field when we caught the cushion and you guessed it got the third drive shaft of the night. I am not sure what caused the first one to go, but it was our mistakes that took out the second two.”

“When it rains it pours and Saturday night it was pouring drive shafts,” said Donald. “This whole season has been pretty much a disaster and hopefully it will get better soon.”

This next weekend is open and over the Fourth of July BMS will be at Boyd’s and Tazewell Speedways.

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.