MARYVILLE, Tenn. (June 18) Tommy dominated the SAS Big Daddy 500 at Smoky Mountain Speedway Saturday night with Casey taking second.
For the Blount Motorsports Team that has had a less than stellar season so far the Smoky Mountain one-two was a ray of sunshine and just what the team needed. Tommy who sat on the pole and led every lap had the dominant car, but he held his breath for the whole race.
“The way our luck has been this year I just knew something would happen like the flat at I-75 last week, but nothing did. The car was great and after I found my rhythm I was on cruise control just trying to save my tires,” grinned Tommy. “Late in the race when I saw Casey behind me I knew it was time to forget cruising and get up on the wheel.”
For Tommy, who had been driving a Rocket Blue front end car, it was only his second race in the Rocket XR1 and he was impressed.
“Man I really like this XR1 chassis. The two times I have driven it has been great. We made three little tweaks to the car after last week’s race at I-75 and it was flawless all night long. Hopefully they won’t do anything but wash it and put it up until my next race,” concluded Tommy.
“Tommy was fast off the trailer, fast in qualifying, fast in the race and right into victory lane,” said David. “To have Tommy and Casey finishing one-two at our home track is special.”
Casey started fourth on the grid and worked his way up to second and started working on Tommy as the laps wound down.
“We tested the wall a little in qualifying and that put us starting fourth, but that wasn’t the problem tonight. The problem tonight was that Tommy was really hooked up and we couldn’t really do much with him. Doesn’t matter though because the BMS cars were one-two when it counted ,” said Roberts.
Blount Motorsports enjoys sponsorship from Stowers (CAT) Machinery Corp., 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.