MARYVILLE, Tenn. (Apr. 17) After the Spring Nationals double header Weekend at Tazewell and Volunteer Speedways the light at the end of the tunnel was not a bear with a flashlight. Starting 11th and finishing sixth at Tazewell led the team to Volunteer where they had their best outing to date winning the first heat and finishing fourth.
After Tazewell it was a thrash to get the car ready for Saturday with the team working until 4 AM and from 10 AM until race time.
“At Tazewell we messed up in qualifying. We got faster in the feature, but starting where we did we were just fast enough to run into all the wrecks. We didn’t mess up the chassis or suspension on the car, but had to redo just about everything else,” said Bryant. “At Volunteer we were good. The best thing about Volunteer was we made good decisions. Good decisions for the car and driver and ended up in pretty good shape.
We had a third place car at Volunteer. Jimmy (Owens) got us on the restart with three to go, and we ended up fourth. The important thing is it looks like we have found the combination we have been looking for since Casey got behind the wheel. We are not quite there yet, but we are close and it feels good.”
What the Casey and BMS have needed to get things sorted out is seat time. With the weather cancelling a number of races, eight of 21 this season, seat time has been in short supply.
“We had a really good car on Saturday and if I hadn’t gotten eased into the wall and messed up the spoiler early on we might have had a better finish,” said Roberts. “What is really important is that things started to come together on Saturday. There was a different feel to the whole deal. It felt like we turned a corner as a team.”
This coming weekend the team will head to Kentucky for another Spring Nationals doubleheader. Ponderosa Speedway is scheduled for Friday night and Saturday night at Florence Speedway for the 42nd Annual Spring 50.
Blount Motorsports enjoys sponsorship from Stowers (CAT) Machinery Corp., Arnold Trucking, Blount Excavating, Massey Electric, Tennessee RV, Turner Hydraulics, Ole Ben Franklin Motors, Food City, 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. Drive train components are from Quarter Master with Carbon Fiber drive shafts from Fastshafts. The shocks are Penske Racing Shocks with chassis and suspension components from TWM and springs from Hyperco. Noses and body parts are from Five Star Stock Car Bodies and tires are Hoosier Performance Tires from Hoosier Tires South.