MARYVILLE, Tenn. (Mar. 9) Like every race team that headed south for Speedweeks the Blount Motorsports team did so with high hopes and expectations. Hopes of at least making every feature with some good finishes and if that was not in the cards then at least coming home with the car that wasn’t bent and a motor that wasn’t blown. One out of two isn’t bad.

“There were 45 drivers who didn’t make a single Speedweeks feature lineup, that’s how tough it was down there. We made one feature so we were not in that group and there were times that we were real close to getting in a feature, but close only counts in hand grenades and horse shoes,” said Larry Garner with a shrug and a grin. “Bottom line is Billy and the crew picked up a lot of experience with the new Rocket, we brought back an undamaged race car and we feel that we have a great start on the season.”

The team’s plans for the 2012 season are still in their infancy and will not really take shape until some of the racing gets underway. The next event will be at the Spring Thaw at Volunteer Speedway, followed by the Ultimate races at Cleveland County, Boyd’s and North Georgia Speedway.

You naturally want to make every race you enter and win every race you make, but that is not going to happen. We were dissapointed with Volusia, but we learned a lot about the new Rocket and outselves as a team, said Billy “Racing this time of year is always interesting with the weather, but we need to get some pretty weekends so we can race.”

Blount Motorsports enjoys sponsorship from Arnold Trucking, Bearden Oil Company, Blount Excavating, Cherokee Millwright, GEOServices, Insurance Partners, Massey Electric, Stowers (CAT) Machinery Corp. and Wine and Spirits Cellar.

They race Rocket chassis (2012 Orange) powered by Custom Race Engines with Dyer’s Top Rods and Gibbs Oil. The shocks are from Öhlins, chassis and suspension components from TWM, drive train components from Quarter Master, Sunoco Race Fuel from Bearden Oil and tires from Hoosier Racing Tires.