MARYVILLE Tenn. (Sept. 13) Georgia driver Donald McIntosh will be the first driver to jump into the seat of the Blount Motorsports Late Model since it was vacated when Billy Ogle Jr. and Blount Motorsports parted ways at the World 100.
“Actually Donald (McIntosh) spent some time in the car on Saturday at Eldora,” said team owner Larry Garner. “We pitted along side the Macintosh team for most of Ray Cooks races this year and or when we were at the same race and we got to know everyone. As we start to look for someone to replace Billy (Ogle) we thought Donald would be a good place to start.
Garner went on to say that BMS is in no hurry to fill the seat.
“Although we have a good team with good equipment and a good program there are some things that will make it hard for a number of drivers to fit in. We basically run 40 to 50 races a year but we don’t do a lot of traveling. Our schedule is not big enough and doesn’t include the Crown Jewel events so it’s not for someone trying to make a living at it,” continued Garner. “And in the same breath our schedule is big enough and has enough traveling involved that a racer that is working a full time job and has a family might have a problem with it.
We know the type of driver we need and we are confident that we will find someone with the talent and the ability who will fit into our program. We are not in a hurry and we plan to take our time looking, but if someone who would fit in walked through the door today that would work too.”
Garner also said he was overwhelmed by the number and the quality of the drivers that have inquired about the position.
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 (Orange) with power from Vic Hill Racing Engines, which uses 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 tires its Hoosier Racing Tires.