MARYVILLE, Tenn. (Mar. 24) A mixture of good and bad at Volunteer Spring Thaw for the Blount Motorsports team.
Qualifying is very important in today’s Dirt Late Model racing and it was one of the things the BMS team has been working on. For the Spring Thaw Tommy Kerr qualified sixth and Billy Ogle Jr. eight. They finished first and second in the first heat and started first and fourth in the feature.
Then the mechanical gremlins reared their ugly heads. On an early race restart the drive shaft on Ogle’s 201 Rocket disappeared. Then on lap 18 the right rear went flat on Kerr’s 4T Rocket.
“The universal joints on the rear end and on the transmission are still there on Billy’s car. Everything in between disappeared,” said Larry Garner. “Then Tommy’s right rear went flat.
We had two of the best cars there and naturally are very disappointed with a 15th and a 19th place finish.”
The team will take this weekend off. Next weekend they will run the SRRS event at Boyd’s Speedway and the following weekend the Unsanctioned race at Volunteer Speedway.
Blount Motorsports enjoys sponsorship from Arnold Trucking, Bearden Oil Company, Blount Excavating, Cherokee Millwright, GEOServices, Insurance Partners, Massey Electric, Stowers (CAT) Machinery Corp. and Wine and Spirits Cellar.
They race a Rocket chassis powered by Custom Race Engines with Dyer’s Top Rods and Gibbs Oil. The shocks are from Öhlins, chassis and suspension components from TWM, drive train components from Quarter Master, Sunoco Race Fuel from Bearden Oil and tires from Hoosier Racing Tires.