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The towering 6’5” racer recently turned 21 years old, and then, just last week he relocated to a new shop that’s a little closer to the center of Dirt Late Model. As a matter of a fact, it’s a lot closer to the action then he’s used to being.
Duty relocated 2,700 miles to Troutman, North Carolina, where he’ll be operating out of fellow Dirt Late Model pilot, Joey Coulter’s shop.
“It’s both exciting and a little scary all rolled into one big ball,” laughed Duty in regards to his big move. “Living in Oregon you just don’t have many options for big-league Dirt Late Model competition throughout the year. However, where I’m at now I’ve got big-time races within four-to-five hours of the shop pretty much every week. It’s a dream come true. I can’t thank my family enough for supporting my dreams, and I really appreciate the Coulter family letting me use their shop.”
Duty last raced back in January during Arizona Speedway’s Wild West Shootout. Since then the team has been busily preparing the hauler, cars, and equipment for the relocation.
“My mom and dad – what can I say about them. They give me anything and everything I need to be a racer, and now the ball is in my court to progress in the driver’s seat. We’ve got some tough events on our radar, but I know that we can learn quickly and rise to the challenge,” Duty stated.
The pilot of the Don Frank Floors #15 XR1 Rocket Chassis/ Pro Power Racing Engine Super Late Model will make his eastern debut this weekend – March 22-24 – with a trio of Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series (LOLMDS) events. Action opens on Thursday night at Volunteer Speedway (Bulls Gap, Tennessee) before shifting to Boyd’s Speedway (Ringgold, Georgia) on Friday evening. The weekend draws to a close on Saturday night at East Alabama Motor Speedway (Phenix City, Alabama).
For more information on the events, please visit www.LucasDirt.com .
The remainder of the 2018 campaign will offer Justin a bevy of Super Late Model events. He has appearances scheduled with the World of Outlaws (WoO) Craftsman Late Model Series, LOLMDS, Ultimate Late Model Series and likely some Schaeffer’s Oil Southern Nationals events. He will also enter crown jewel events like the Show Me 100, Prairie Dirt Classic, USA Nationals, and Silver Dollar Nationals.
Justin’s dad, John will also race in select events as well.
“It’s going to be different being so far away from my family, but I know they will be popping in from time to time,” Justin commented. “I’m really excited, and I’m definitely ready to hit the ground running.”
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SNBS Double Header Up and Down for Roberts and BMS
MARYVILLE, Tenn. (Mar. 20) Casey Roberts and the Blount Motorsports Team scored two decent finishes in the SNBS double header weekend, a third at Tri-County Race Track and a seventh at Toccoa Speedway, as they continue to work out the kinks and get on top of early season problems.
On Friday night Roberts qualified second in the second group, started fourth on the grid and posted a third place finish.
“The track was pretty much a one groove ride along and we had a second or third place car so our third place finish wasn’t much of a surprise,” said David Bryant. “Casey tried down low a couple of times and he could pull along side of second place Weiss, but that was all there was.”
Saturday night the primary car had problems in practice so they broke out the backup, set fast time in the first group, started on the pole and led the first 18 laps. After being passed for the lead there was a caution and on the restart Roberts started going backwards.
“Saturday it seems like all we did was play catch up after we had to roll out the backup car. Good qualifying run and was racing pretty good when something happened in the rear suspension of the car,” said Roberts. “I thought the right rear was going flat and pulled it in. It wasn’t that so I went back out and finished seventh.
David is going to see what went wrong after he gets things washed up. We will get it fixed and head for Volunteer on Thursday.”
Coming up for BMS are back-to-back Lucas Oil races. The first is at Volunteer Speedway on Thursday and then Boyd’s Speedway on Friday night.
Blount Motorsports enjoys sponsorship from Stowers (CAT) Machinery Corp., Arnold Trucking, 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.
For more information on Blount Motorsports or how you can become part of “The Team” go to blountmotorsports.com/