MARYVILLE, Tenn. (Feb. 5) Mechanical issues on both nights of the Lucas Oil Super Bowl of Auto Racing put Casey Roberts and the Blount Motorsports team way behind and on the trailer at Golden Isles Speedway.
After finishing last on Friday night everything was looking good on Saturday until a vibration started on the last practice lap. After checking the car and finding the flywheel had broken there was not enough time to fix the problem and/or roll out the backup car.
“The car felt good and was running good in hot laps when Casey (Roberts) felt a vibration on the last lap. The flywheel had broken around the starter ring and there was no way we could get it fixed or get the backup car out and be ready in time,” said David Bryant. “With no chance for a provisional and not chasing Lucas points we decided that it was best not to get in a big hurry and maybe mess up the backup car too. So we became spectators.”
On Friday night Roberts missed transferring to the feature out of his heat by one spot. He finished second in the first consi and started the feature 19th. Eight laps in the throttle springs went and throttle hung wide open.
“For the short time we were on the track in the feature Friday night we had moved up five spots when the throttle springs went causing the throttle to hang wide open. Thankfully Casey was able to shut it down and it didn’t hurt the engine, but it killed the night,” concluded Bryant.
The car and the crew are staying in the Brunswick area getting everything back in shape and ready for the WoO Winter Freeze at Screven Speedway on Friday and Saturday nights.
Blount Motorsports enjoys sponsorship from Stowers (CAT) Machinery Corp., Arnold Trucking, Blount Excavating, Massey Electric, Tennessee RV, Turner Hydraulics, Ole Ben Franklin Motors, Food City, and The Wine and Spirits Cellar.
BMS races Rocket XR1 Chassis. Power is provided by Vic Hill Racing Engines with Dyer’s Top Rods, Driven Racing Oil, Waterman Fuel Pumps, VP Race Fuels and starting power from Go Lithium batteries. Gauges and wiring harnesses from QuickCar. 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 and springs from Hyperco. Noses and body parts are from Five Star Stock Car Bodies and tires are Hoosier Performance Tires from Hoosier Tires South.