MARYVILLE, Tenn. (Feb. 9) Donald McIntosh and the BMS Team continued to build on early season momentum with two strong performances in the three race Lucas Oil Super Bowl of Racing at Golden Isles Speedway.
With Wednesday’s practice rained out they went into Thursday night race cold. They made the event through the first consi, started 23rd in the 24-car field and finished 15th. On Friday they made a number of changes to the car and it showed. They were second in the second heat, started seventh and finished fourth. Starting with another good qualifying effort on Saturday night they finished second in the first heat, started fifth and finished seventh.
“We had a really good race car and it is nice to be able to hold your own when you are racing with the touring guys,” said David. “We learned a lot, we were able to keep our early season momentum going and we left Golden Isles feeling good about ourselves and the team. This is going to be a fun year.”
On Friday night they were on soft tires and Donald was apprehensive about keeping them warm under caution and that cost him on the restarts.
“I was worried about the soft tires and I didn’t keep them warm enough under caution. On the lap-37 caution they sealed up a little bit and going into three the car didn’t stick. It cost us a couple positions on the track and in the final tally. It is another one of those many lessons I need to learn. ” said McIntosh.
On Saturday night watching Donald on the track David was wondering what was going on. Donald was not consistently hitting his marks and didn’t look real sharp.
“About four laps into the race I almost pulled in because I couldn’t see. The helmet ventilation system messed up and my face shield fogged up,” continued Donald. “In order to see I had to flip up my visor and get a face full of sand. Even when I could see I couldn’t see good enough to get in too close to anyone for fear of wrecking everyone.”
The BMS Team will spend the next few weeks finishing up the other new Rocket, fine-tuning everything and getting ready for the Spring Nationals opener at Smoky Mountain Speedway in March.
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 (Blue and Orange) 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 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. Tires are Hoosier Racing Tires.