MARYVILLE, Tenn. (Apr. 22) The Spring Nationals Kentucky Triple Header with races at 201, Ponderosa and Florence Speedways was disappointing as far as the finishes went, but Billy Ogle Jr. and the Blount Motorsports team learned a lot.
As you travel north the dirt changes from the red clay of the south to black farm dirt. And as you would expect the track surfaces change too, but unless you race on the different surfaces on a regular basis you are at a disadvantage as to what exactly you need to do to the car.
“As you go further north the track surfaces change and you need to groove and prepare your tires to change with it. We learned that you have to be way more aggressive when you groove your tires and set up your race car,” commented David Bryant after the three race trip. “We were not so much unprepared as uneducated and next time we head that way we should be in a whole lot better shape.”
201 Speedway was really slick. The tires they had grooved were not what were needed and they ended up 11th. At Ponderosa they had a good car and came away with a fifth place finish. At Florence they didn’t qualify well, but kept after the car and went from 20th to 10th in the feature.
“All things considered we came out of the whole deal in pretty good shape,” concluded Bryant. “We didn’t do any major damage to the car, we worked well together as a team and we came home still leading the points.”
This Saturday night its back to red clay as Ogle and Tommy Kerr will both be running the $5,000 to win Southern All Star “Rockin With The Stars” at Smoky Mountain Speedway.
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.