MARYVILLE, Tenn. (Sept. 25) After meetings this past weekend it has been announced that Donald McIntosh and Blount Motorsports will go their separate ways at the end of the 2017 season.
“Going in we knew that somewhere down the road Donald would want to try his hand at doing more traveling, run bigger shows and maybe a national tour. And he has decided that is what he would like to do in 2018,” said BMS owner Larry Garner. “We have never had the desire to spend the time, effort and money it takes to do what Donald wants to do, but we understand Donald’s desire to take a shot at it. We wish him well and hope everything works out for him.”
After driving a few races in the fall of 2014 McIntosh officially became the BMS primary driver in January of 2015. Over the next three years they ran 154 races with 17 wins, 70 top five finishes, two Spring Nationals Championships, will win the Southern Nationals Bonus Series Championship this year and was the overall point champion for Ray Cook’s series all three years.
I really have enjoyed my three years at Blount Motorsports and hate to leave, but I am 24 years old and realize that as much as I would love to race for a living it is a long shot. With that in mind I feel like I need to get out and travel more and race more of the big races and possibly race on a national tour while I still can,” said Donald, “I think that the three years I have spent with Blount have been beneficial for both myself and the team. We raced a lot, accomplished a lot and we all learned a lot.
There are no hard feelings we just are going in different directions. Blount Motorsports is a good competitive team with good equipment and I am sure they won’t have a problem finding another driver that will fit their program.”
When Blount Motorsports started the end goal for the team was to have a successful Dirt Super Late Model team that ran regional series and pick up the big races in the area. To date there have been three drivers at BMS, starting with Tommy Kerr, Billy Ogle Jr. and Donald McIntosh. All three drivers have been an asset to the team and have helped the team reach it goals.
“As a team we have been successful in a large part because we have stuck to our plan to be a regional racing team, racing where we can do the best job for our sponsors, have Larry (Garner) be able to watch his cars race, to spend the majority of night’s sleeping in our own bed while staying within budget,” said David Bryant. “There is no way we can accomplish all those things running up and down the road going to big races and that is what Donald wants to do.
Donald feels that if he wants to travel more and race the bigger races he has to do it now and more power to him. Donald is a good kid. He did us a good job and I wish him all the luck in the world.”
Blount Motorsports will finish up the remainder of the season with Donald McIntosh behind the wheel. And during that time they will be looking at and talking to different drivers trying to find the right fit for 2018.
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.
For more information on Blount Motorsports or how you can become part of “The Team” go to blountmotorsports.com/