MARYVILLE, Tenn. (Feb. 17) When you have some of the best Dirt Late Model drivers in the country assembled for six nights of racing nobody said it would be easy and it hasn’t been easy for the Blount Motorsports Team at Volusia Speedway Park for the DirtCar Nationals.
When there are over 70 drivers vying for 25 starting spots in the feature there are a lot of good cars on the trailer and good drivers in the stands.
“We came to Volusia with our eyes wide open. We came knowing that on any given night it would be an accomplishment just to make the feature,” said Larry Garner, one of the team owners. “When you look at a number of top drivers that have not made a feature and we have made two features in the first three nights it helps take some of the sting out of our not running better than we have.”
Fielding a two car team for 2011 there were additional unknowns on top of the ones that are always present when starting a new season.
“You can work out all the details at the shop, but until you get to the race track and start racing you really have no idea how things are going to go,” said Tommy, who drives the 4T and is also one of the three owners. “We are not real pleased with our showing so far, but the team is jelling and everyone is working well together.”
Adding to the teams woes has been mechanical problems that has plagued the 201 car driven by the newest team member Billy Ogle Jr. Engine problems sidelined his efforts on the second night and a ball spline that was sheared off in the transmission knocked him out of competition on the third night.
“It’s all part of racing, but it doesn’t make it any easier to take,” said Billy. “Everyone has pitched in and taken care of business. We expect better results in the last three races, but no matter what happens when this is over we will have learned a lot about the cars and each other.”
The three remaining night’s features will pay $10,000 to win. Tonight’s and Saturday night’s features will be the first two WoO Late Model point races of the season.
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, Sunoco Race Fuel from Bearden Oil and tires from Hoosier Racing Tires.
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