MARYVILLE, Tenn (Mar. 3) Billy and the Blount Motorsports team took a brand new Rocket to East Alabama Motor Speedway for the Bama Bash looking to open the season on a high note. After a good practice on Thursday, a not so good qualifying run and the engine catching on fire running second in the Consi the team left East Alabama not feeling good about the race, but feeling good about the new car.
“The new car was good and we are pleased with it,” said David. “The fact that the car tightened up in qualifying, the track rubbered up in the heats and we missed making the feature by one spot then the engine caught on fire running second in the consi are all things that can either be fixed or were out of our control. The important thing was how good the new car worked.”
The engine fire resulted from something knocking loose a fuel line from the regulator and causing fuel to spray around the engine compartment, which ignited and sent the car blazing away to the pits.
“We have no idea what happened with the fuel line. The engines was burning pretty good and we are trying to see how much damage was done,” Continued David. “No matter what we will be ready for another run at them this weekend with pretty much the same guys here at Smoky Mountain for two races on Friday and Saturday 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