MARYVILLE, Tenn. (Aug. 19) For Blount Motorsports drivers Billy Ogle Jr. and Tommy Kerr it was a long night at Smoky Mountain Speedway. Smoky Mountain is considered to be the team’s home track. A place where they can find a little comfort and get things going in the right direction, but on this Saturday night there was nothing comfortable about it.
Ogle was the first out to qualify on a slimy race track and consequently he qualified 19th and raced to a 10th place finish. Kerr qualified 12th and posted a sixth place finish.
“With all the motor problems we have had we have not been able to spend much time on the cars and come up with a good racing combination. Saturday night at the mountain it was a perfect storm. A combination of a nasty track and some bad decisions the crew made turned it into a long night,” commented David Bryant. “Kerr did a good job and we actually faired better than we deserved, but it’s no where close to what this team is capable of doing.”
After finishing up the Southern Nationals the team is usually dialed in and has everything together for a strong finish to the season. However this year the team was plagued with motor problems and spent the 10 races of the series trying to make the best out of a bad situation. The one bright spot Saturday night at the Mountain was the new engine preformed well.
“Everything that could go wrong pretty much did go wrong Saturday. The one bright spot was the new engine was flawless. So now we can concentrate on the car and the rest of the program and get everything back on track. Baring any catastrophic event this weekend I think we will be good,” concluded Bryant.
The team will head for Volunteer on Thursday for the Lucas Oil Scorcher. If everything is still together after the Scorcher the plans call for running Ultimate Series race at Ponderosa Speedway on Friday night.
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.