MARYVILLE, Tenn. (Jan. 27) With the exceptions of the upper echelons Dirt Late Model racing is a hobby. An expensive hobby, but still a hobby. Fielding a Dirt Late Model team is not for the faint of heart. Although more of a hobby than a business there is so much money involved that it has to be run like a business. In order to successfully run this hobby/business you have to have sponsorship, fans, purses and tracks. And Blount Motorsports is fortunate to have all of that within a 300-mile radius of the shop.
“Fortunately in East Tennessee and the surrounding area we have some great support with some of the best sponsors, fans, series and tracks. All the ingredients we need to have a successful race team,” said BMS owner Larry Garner. “Our sponsors have stuck with us over the years with Stowers Cat, Massey Electric, Blount Excavating and Wine and Spirits Cellar being with us from the start and Ole Ben Franklin Motors, Walkers Truck Contractors and DR Investments joining us in the last few years. There have been a number others that have come and gone.”
As far as places to race BMS is located right in the middle of some of the best Dirt Late Model Racing in the country.
“Ray Cook has done a great job building his three series. This year there will be 28 races in the Spring, Summer and Fall National Series with 13 paying 10 k to win and one paying 20k,” continued Garner. “That is really what was needed and when you add the traveling series coming into the area a number of times you have a great season without a lot of traveling.”
Not only are the primary sponsors important, but BMS couldn’t do without the help from the companies that manufacture the parts and pieces needed to prepare the car.
“We have a very good relationship with all our parts people and everyone at Rocket Chassis and Vic Hill Racing Engines,” said David Bryant. “We need all the help we can get from these folks. It is not only the help with the parts, but all the different information they provide.”
“The engine program with Vic Hill has really been great and I can’t wait to try out the new 440 engine Vic has built us,” said Donald McIntosh. “We hit on some really good setups for the Rocket XR1 at the end of last year. We have three XR1s in the shop. One is brand new, so we are ready to go in 2020.”
BMS has some of the best fans in the country especially at Smoky Mountain Speedway their home track.
“David (Bryant) and I grew up racing at Smoky Mountain and other area tracks. Our fans grew up watching us grow up in racing,” said Tommy Kerr. “But it’s not only at Smoky Mountain with Donald racing and winning at Dixie and Rome on his way up we get a lot of fan support in that area. No matter where we go there are always plenty of our fans cheering for us, stopping by in the pits wishing us well. That is really important and means a lot.”
Blount Motorsports will kick off their season at East Bay Raceway Park with the Lucas Oil Winternations on Monday February 3rd.
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.
For more information on Blount Motorsports or how you can become part of “The Team” go to blountmotorsports.com/