MARYVILLE, Tenn. (Jul 18) Since the beginning of the Southern Nationals Series qualifying had been a problem for Donald and the BMS Rocket. And at Senoia Raceway on Thursday night things were no different.

Donald qualified eighth in Group A, finished second in the second consolation race, started 15th and raced to sixth place finish.

After Senoia the team went over the car again and discovered that the drive shaft was too long and was binding up the car. They put in another drive shaft and the sixth race at Needmore Speedway was a whole different deal.

“Donald said something was really binding the car up. So I grabbed a tape and started checking everything again and found we had the wrong driveshaft in the car,” said David. “When we were fixing the car after getting into the wall at Volunteer I grabbed the wrong driveshaft and put it in the car.”

What a difference having the right length driveshaft makes. McIntosh qualified fastest in Group B, started on the outside front row, led the race twice and finished second.

“The car really felt good tonight and our qualifying and racing showed it,” grinned McIntosh. “When you are leading and the track is like it was, it’s hard to leave the rubber and I chose not to. If you leave the rubber and loose a couple of spots that’s not good and if you stay on the rubber and they go by you like Brandon (Overton) did that’s not real good either.”

We have never been here before and Overton had raced a lot here and it showed,” concluded Bryant. “We thought it was going to rubber up more than it did so we killed a bunch of power. When Donald came up on that lapped car he didn’t have enough power to get around him quick enough and Overton shot by. ”

Halfway through the Hot Georgia four race segment and halfway through the Southern Nationals the team heads for Screven Motor Speedway tonight and Cochran Motor Speedway on Sunday night.

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.