MARYVILLE, Tenn. (Apr. 16) Tommy Kerr dominated the Spring Nationals event at Smoky Mountain Speedway on Saturday for the win and Billy Ogle Jr. finished second in the Spring Nationals event at Tri-County Race Track as the Blount Motorsports team had it’s best weekend of the young season.
In what BMS owner Larry Garner called the finest race that Kerr had ran since starting the team seven years ago. Kerr combined a super race car and total concentration to get the job done.
“After Tazewell David (Bryant) told me I needed to do my job and that was to concentrate and pay attention to what I was doing on the race track,” said Kerr who was the fast qualifier for the event. “They did their job and gave me a car that was as close to perfect as I have ever had and I really concentrated on doing my job. The combination of the two turned out to be a winning one.
Now all we need to do is wash the car and put it up on jack stands until the World of Outlaws come to town on April 26th.
On Friday night Ogle set fast time and recorded a strong second place finish at Tri-County Race Track. On Saturday night early tire problems and a wreck working his way through the field relegated Ogle to a 17th place finish.
“We had a really good race car Friday night, but the new brakes we had put on the rear of the car kept locking up. That’s not taking anything away from winner Casey Roberts it is just what happened,” said Bryant. “Saturday night he had a tire let go four laps into the race. Billy (Ogle) went to the rear and had worked his way up to eighth or ninth when he was caught up in the resulting wreck after Dale McDowell put a fan through his radiator.”
The Ogle wreck caused a lot of frontend damage and the crew is thrashing to get the car back together for the Spring National events at 201 Speedway on Thursday, Ponderosa on Friday and Cleveland on Saturday.
Blount Motorsports enjoys sponsorship from Stowers (CAT) Machinery Corp., Al Blankenship Concrete, Blount Excavating, Cherokee Millwright, Food City, GEO Services, Insurance Partners, Massey Electric, Turner Hydraulics, VP Race Fuels and Wine and Spirits Cellar.
BMS races Rocket chassis with power from Custom Race Engines, 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 with springs from Hyperco. Parts and pieces are from J.T. Kerr Racing Equipment with tires from Hoosier Racing Tires.