MARYVILLE, Tenn. (June 1) Don McIntosh and the BMS team again had a good run cut short with overheating problems. This time it was in the Toyota of Knoxville 50 at Tazewell Speedway on Saturday night.
McIntosh ran second in the third heat, started sixth and ran as high as fourth before the temperature started to climb. He fell back to six and called it a night just before the halfway point.
“We really need to figure this heating problem out. We had a good race car, probably a top three car, but you can’t just kill a high dollar motor,” said McIntosh. “Especially this motor that has been so good.”
Engine builder Vic Hill has looked at the engine on two occasions since the heating problems started. Once he replaced a head gasket that looked like it was seeping, but that wasn’t the problem.
“Vic thinks we might be restricting the air, but we haven’t done anything different there,” said David Bryant. “Donald and I talked about it and we are going to replace the radiator and go through the cooling system and see it that doesn’t fix it.”
McIntosh and BMS will be in action for two Iron-Man events this weekend. First up is Wartburg Speedway on Friday night and then I-75 Raceway on Saturday.
Blount Motorsports enjoys sponsorship from Stowers (CAT) Machinery Corp., Blount Excavating, Massey Electric, Turner Hydraulics, Ole Ben Franklin Motors, Walker’s Truck Contractors, 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. Carbon Fiber drive shafts from Fastshafts. The shocks are Penske Racing Shocks with chassis and suspension components from TWM, Brakes from Wilwood and springs from Hyperco. Tires are Hoosier Performance Tires from Hoosier Tires South.