MARYVILLE, Tenn. (Feb. 6) Tommy Kerr, who is not only one of the drivers but one of the three owners of Blount Motorsports, has opted to run a limited schedule in 2012.
For over 20 years Tommy, who grew up in racing, has spent practically every weekend from March through October racing at dirt tracks in the Southeast. For many of those years he worked all week with his Grandfather, J.T. Kerr, building races cars in Rockford, Tenn.
That began to change five years ago when Tommy went to work for Blount Excavating and became the driver and part owner of the newly formed Blount Motorsports. In those five years he won Rookie of the Year honors on the Advance Auto Parts Thunder Series, the 2009 Southern Nationals Championship and saw a tremendous growth in his responsibilities with Blount Excavating.
“Over the last few years my job has grown to the point that it is getting real hard for me to race every weekend. That plus my kids are growing up and I’m missing a lot of that. My daughter Kaylee will be starting school pretty quick and my oldest Jake will start playing Little League this year,” said Tommy. “I played baseball when I was growing up and know how much it means to have your Dad involved in what you are doing. All of this got me to take a look at just where I needed to be spending more of my time.”
This doesn’t mean that Tommy will not find himself behind the wheel of his familiar 4T during the season or working in the Blount Motorsports shop.
“I will still be running some races during the season at Smoky Mountain, Volunteer, Tazewell and other area tracks,” continued Tommy. “But if a race at Smoky Mountain, Volunteer or other tracks is the same time as Jake’s Little League game or something that Kaylee is doing I sure am going to miss being at the track.”
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 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.