BMS Weathers the Weekend at Smoky Mountain

MARYVILLE, Tenn. (Apr. 15) On a weekend that had 16 of 26 Late Model Series races rained out Donald McIntosh, Tommy Kerr and the Blount Motorsports Team were able to get one of two Spring Nationals races, the Saturday night event at Smoky Mountain, in the books.

Kerr finished third in the first heat and McIntosh, who set fast time, ended up third in the third heat. That put Kerr starting ninth and McIntosh tenth in the feature.  When the checkered flag fell it was McIntosh in sixth and Kerr in seventh.

“Safe to say that yours truly made some bad decisions on what to do with the seven car and it got Donald behind in his heat. He was the fast qualifier, but finished third is his heat and ended up starting 10th in the feature,” said David Bryant. “He should have been better than that and it was my bad.”

“After qualifying David wanted to tighten the car up a bit more and normally I would have agreed, but for some reason I didn’t feel that way this time,” said McIntosh. “The new track configuration had something to do with it I’m sure, but we didn’t need to tighten up the car. Neither one of us are going to be right all the time and the car is in one piece so everything is good.”

Kerr was looking really good until he ran out of cheeseburgers. He said it was the tires going away, but it was actually the driver going away,” continued Bryant.

“We had a good race car and had raced our way to fourth, when the car tightened up and wouldn’t turn. I got shuffled back to sixth with Donald passing me on the last lap so I ended up seventh,” grinned Kerr. “David says it wasn’t the car that went away it was me because I am over weight and out of shape. That’s the pot calling the kettle black for sure.

We had a good time, a good race and didn’t tear nothing up. Life is good and I’m hunting another cheeseburger.”

This coming weekend it is two Spring National events in Georgia. On Friday night its Blue Ridge Motorsports Park and on Saturday at Toccoa Raceway.

Blount Motorsports enjoys sponsorship from Stowers (CAT) Machinery Corp., Blount Excavating, Massey Electric, Turner Hydraulics, Ole Ben Franklin Motors, Walker’s Truck Contractors, 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.

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April 15, 2019

Dale McDowell Visits Victory Lane for the Fourth-Straight Week
Spring Nationals at Blue Ridge and Toccoa on Deck

Mooresburg, Tennessee (04/15/19) –
Dale McDowell continued his winning ways over the weekend. For the fourth-straight week he piloted his Shane McDowell Racing/ E-Z-Go #17m New Era Industrial/ Will Kinzer Foundation/ Sweet-Bloomquist Chassis/ Clements Racing Engine Super Late Model to a feature win.

McDowell’s fourth win of 2019 was worth $10,000 and came at Smoky Mountain Speedway on Saturday night.

“The racetrack was really different because of the rain, and our racecar seemed to like the top best, which is a little different for me,” McDowell said in Victory Lane. “The groove was moving around, and Shane [McDowell] would give me signals on where I needed to go. Hats off to everybody working on the car – Shane, Jimmy, Little Man, and Tyler. Also, I want to say a special thanks to the E-Z-Go Golf Carts, the Kinzer Family, Cometic Gaskets, Klotz Synthetics and everybody who helps make this program possible.”

After Mother Nature wiped out Friday’s opener at Clay Valley Speedway (Coeburn, Virginia), Dale McDowell followed the Schaeffer’s Oil Spring Nationals Series to Smoky Mountain Speedway (Maryville, Tennessee) on Saturday night.

After laying down the fastest time in his qualifying group, McDowell picked up a 10-lap heat race victory, positioning him second on the starting grid for the main event. Jumping into the lead on the drop of the green flag, Dale led wire-to-wire en route to his fourth win of the season, which came over Brandon Overton, Ricky Weiss, Kyle Strickler, and Michael Chilton. He claimed a $10,000 payday for his dominant performance in the 50-lap affair.

With the win Dale extended his advantage atop the Spring Nationals point standings. Full results from these events are available at .

The upcoming weekend – April 19-20 – finds the team continuing action with the Schaeffer’s Oil Spring Nationals. On Friday night a $4,000-to-win race will be held at Blue Ridge Motorsports Park (Blue Ridge, Georgia), while Saturday night’s action is slated for Toccoa Raceway (Toccoa, Georgia).

Shane McDowell Racing would like to thank all of their sponsors and marketing partners including E-Z-Go, Kinzer Drilling, Quality Natural Gas, New Era Industrial, C&S Transportation, Cometic Gaskets, Klotz Synthetic Lubricants, Will Kinzer Foundation, Spring Pro, Sweet-Bloomquist Race Cars, Clements Race Engines-Chevrolet, FK Rod Ends, Go Lithium, Penske Shocks, Schoenfeld Headers, Keyser Manufacturing, MSD Ignition, All Star Performance, Performance Bodies, Five-Star Bodies, Hoosier Tire, Wiles Driveshafts, Weld Racing Wheels, Butlerbuilt Seats, DMI Racing Products, Jones Racing Products, Safecraft Safety Equipment, Wilwood Disc Brakes, Dyers Top Rods, QuickCar, PEM Racing, Walker Filterations, Mark IV ATV's, Winters Rearends, Sweet Manufacturing, Peterson Fluid Systems, 613 Graphics, and Marketing Services.

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April 15, 2019

Kent Robinson Wins MARS Thriller at Brownstown
Sunoco ALMS at Eldora Speedway Up Next for Indiana Racer

Bloomington, Indiana (04/15/19) – Kent Robinson topped a great race with Devin Gilpin on Saturday night at Brownstown Speedway to claim the $5,000 triumph with the Schaeffer’s Oil Mid America Racing Series (MARS). The triumph was the first of the year for the driver of the JB’s Disposal Services #7r MB Customs/ Jay Dickens Racing Engine Super Late Model.

“I definitely had to work for it, but man it feels good to get the first win of the year,” Robinson said. “My guys were giving me signals that Devin [Gilpin] was closing back in on me late in the race, but luckily I was able to hold on and get the win. I think I hurt a shock there during the race because the car quit responding the way it had been.

“Hats off to my guys for keeping up with my car all week. A lot of people don’t realize how much work goes into this, and my guys always have a great car ready for me.”

Kent Robinson returned to action at Brownstown Speedway (Brownstown, Indiana) on Saturday evening in the Schaeffer’s Mid America Racing Series (MARS) sanctioned program.

In a field of 29 cars, Robinson started the night with a heat race victory, which positioned him third on the starting grid for the feature. Kent led early in the 40 lapper, before swapping the top spot with Gilpin multiple times. Robinson took control for good on lap 18 and survived a late-race charge from Gilpin to score the victory. Gilpin, Dean Carpenter, Steve Casebolt, and Greg Johnson completed the Top-5 finishers.

Kent earned a $5,000 payday for his efforts.

For more results from this event, please visit .

The team will be idle this weekend, before returning to competition on April 27 at Eldora Speedway (Rossburg, Ohio) in the 66th season opener at the ½-mile oval. The $5,000-to-win event will be sanctioned the Sunoco American Late Model Series (ALMS) and pays $5,000 to win.

For more information on the event, please visit .

Kent Robinson Racing would to like to thank all of their sponsors including JB's Salvage, JB’s Disposal, Jay Dickens Racing Engines, Jones Oil Company, Midwest Sheet Metal, MB Customs, Keyser Manufacturing, Printworx Graphics, VP Race Fuels, Hoosier Racing Tire, Envy Suspension, All Star Performance, Schaeffer's Racing Oil, K&N Filters, Swift Springs, Bell Helmets, Simpson Race Products, Wiles Drive Shafts, Weld Racing, FK Rod Ends, and Marketing Services.

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April 15, 2019

Kyle Beard Bests Poplar Bluff Motorsports Park Late Model Field
COMP Cams Super Dirt Series Double Header this Weekend

Trumann, Arkansas (04/15/19) – A last minute decision, turned into Kyle Beard’s second win of 2019 on Friday night. The team decided late Friday afternoon to head to the recently reopened Poplar Bluff Motorsports Park. The decision paid nice dividends as Beard drove his Gary Beard Trucking #86 Black Diamond Race Car/ Kuntz & Co. Racing Engine Super Late Model to his second win of the season.

“Rain had pretty much already caused everything to get canceled in our area, and we were itching to race so we decided to head to Poplar Bluff,” Beard noted. “The night went flawless. We won our heat race, and then led every lap of the feature. We’re definitely off to the best start to a season that we’ve had in a few years.”

Friday evening saw Kyle Beard in action at Poplar Bluff Motorsports Park (Poplar Bluff, Missouri), where he returned to the driver’s seat of his Gary Beard Trucking #86 Super Late Model entry for the regular night of racing.

Kyle started the night with a heat race win. He then took advantage of his front-row starting spot in the feature to lead every lap en route to his second win of the season. He claimed a $1,000 payday for his performance.

Full results from the event are available at .

Beard Motorsports returns to action with the COMP Cams Super Dirt Series (CCSDS) this weekend with a pair of events in Arkansas and Missouri. Festivities get underway on Friday night with a $2,500-to-win program at Old No. 1 Speedway (Harrisburg, Arkansas) before shifting northwest to Legit Speedway Park (West Plains, Missouri) on Saturday night for a $3,000-to-win affair.

For more information on the weekend’s races, please visit .

Kyle Beard would like to thank his sponsors including Gary Beard Trucking, Terry Phillips Racing, Black Diamond Race Cars, ROCKHARD Powder Coating, Rage Graphis, Raptor Designs, Mann Motorsports, Swift Springs, Schaeffer’s Oil, Velocita USA, Kuntz & Co. Racing Engines, and Marketing Services.

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April 15, 2019

Cory Hedgecock Sweeps American All-Star Series Event at Smoky Mountain

Loudon, Tennessee (04/15/19) – Fresh off a big win last weekend, Cory Hedgecock carried his newfound momentum into Saturday night’s American All-Star Series event at Smoky Mountain Speedway. The end result was his first win with the new series and his third overall triumph of the 2019 season.

He picked up a $2,000 payday after sweeping the night’s action in his Cushman No. 23 K&P Used Cars/ Five Star Hyundai/ XR1 Rocket Chassis/ Eagle Racing Engine entry.

“We won the UCRA event last week at I-75 Raceway, but that night was far from flawless,” Hedgecock said. “Tonight, we had a flawless outing. Every time this car hit the track, we were the best. This is what we expect from our program, and I just want to thank my team for their hard work. This win goes out to my all of our sponsors, who stand behind us each and every week.”

Saturday night saw Cory Hedgecock in action at Smoky Mountain Speedway (Maryville, Tennessee). In a field of 30 American Crate All-Star Series cars, Hedgecock followed up the fastest time overall in qualifying with a dash win. Earning the pole position for the feature, Cory led flag-to-flag en route to his third win of the season and a $2,000 payday. Greg Martin, Jake Teague, Tyler Arrington, and Matt Long trailed him to the checkers.

For full results from this event, please visit .

Cory plans to take the upcoming weekend off and is currently finalizing his upcoming plans. When they are finalized they will be available for viewing at .

Cory Hedgecock would like to thank all of his sponsors, which include Cushman, Valley Transport, Rocket Chassis, Schoenfeld Headers, Five Star Hyundai, Eagle Racing Engines, K&P Used Cars, Transport One, Budget Transmissions, Valley Transport, VP Racing Fuels, VooDoo Technology, Timeless Memories Photography, Hoosier Racing Tires, CFYA, Renegade Reach, Wells Racing Photography, Strange Oval Racing, High Velocity Heads, Crowder Small Engines, Jesel Valve Train Innovation, Stealth Racing Carburetors, QuickCar, Bicknell Racing Products, MSD Ignition, CV Products, CP Pistons, Boydbilt, Ohlins Shocks, Winters Performance, Integra Shocks & Springs, Simpson Race Products, Martel Signs and Marketing Services.

For more information on Cory Hedgecock, please visit the team’s official website at as well as social media outlets at and .

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Swindell Garners Hard Charger Award During Season-Opening Race

Inside Line Promotions - MESQUITE, Texas (April 15, 2019) - Sammy Swindell made a lot of progress during his season-opening sprint car race last Friday at Devil's Bowl Speedway.

The Thone Motorsports driver kicked off the Texas Outlaw Nationals by timing in 13th quickest during World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series qualifying.

"When we went out for hot laps we were sixth overall and real close," he said. "We made a couple of changes and went the wrong direction I guess. The car was pushing off the corners. It doesn't take much to be from the front to the back."

Swindell then finished seventh in a heat race, which relegated him to the Last Chance Showdown.

"We did a couple of things for the heat, but we still weren't really happy with where we were at," he said. "I think I could have passed a car (to transfer directly into the main event), but I thought it was better we had some time on the track than try to move up a row or so. It worked out. We went out for the Last Chance Showdown and ran quicker laps than they did in the dash. I knew we made a lot of better changes."

Swindell won the Last Chance Showdown to transfer into the 19th starting position for the main event.

"We did just a little more for the main and we passed cars right away," he said. "It didn't take long and the track rubbered down. I ran the fifth quickest lap overall. We definitely went in the right direction."

Swindell gained five positions and was credited with the Hard Charger Award for passing the most cars after placing 14th.

"We weren't that far off to begin with," he said. "We just need to get all of our stuff lined out. It was a good start to the season. We know of a couple of things we did wrong that hurt us and we found a couple of things the car and motor liked so we should be ahead of that the next time we go out."

Saturday's event finale rained out.

Swindell and Thone Motorsports will take this weekend off before returning to action with the World of Outlaws April 26 at Lake Ozark Speedway in Eldon, Mo.; April 27 at Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 in Pevely, Mo.; and April 28 at Jacksonville Speedway in Jacksonville, Ill.


April 12 - Devil's Bowl Speedway in Mesquite, Texas - Qualifying: 13; Heat race: 7 (5); B Main: 1 (1); Feature: 14 (19).


1 race, 0 wins, 0 top fives, 0 top 10s, 1 top 15, 1 top 20


April 26 at Lake Ozark Speedway in Eldon, Mo.; April 27 at Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 in Pevely, Mo.; and April 28 at Jacksonville Speedway in Jacksonville, Ill., with the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series




SPONSOR SPOTLIGHT - Rossie Feed & Grain

"Rossie Feed & Grain has been helping us for quite a few years and has been on our Chili Bowl cars for a while," Swindell said. "Jon Black has always been a good friend. He likes sprint car racing and we're glad to have him with us on this car."

Swindell would also like to thank John Christner Trucking, Hopf Farms, High Performance Lubricants, Whitacre Glass, FK Rod Ends, Brown & Miller Racing Solutions, Premier Truck Group, Simpson Race Products, Sweet Manufacturing, Schoenfeld Headers, W&B Service Company, Superior Trailer Sales, South Bay Partners and Inside Line Promotions for their continued support.


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Sides Rallies Late During Texas Outlaw Nationals at Devil's Bowl Speedway

Inside Line Promotions - MESQUITE, Texas (April 15, 2019) - It's hard to dig out of a hole, which is the position Jason Sides was in last Friday at Devil's Bowl Speedway.

Sides qualified 17th quickest during the opening night of the Texas Outlaw Nationals. With impending weather on the way track conditions were tricky all night.

"If you look at qualifying I think they knew rain was coming so they didn't put a lot of water on it," he said. "We were really good in hot laps. We put some tires on and went back out for qualifying and we ended up darn near where we went out. It wasn't real good, but quick time was one of the first cars and it kept falling off. That put us behind."

A seventh-place run in a heat race relegated Sides to the Last Chance Showdown. He finished second in the race to transfer into the 20 th starting position for the main event.

"It was thundering and lightning," he said. "We put another pair of used tires on there and 20 gallons of fuel. We didn't even expect the whole feature to get in. It was spitting rain as we were lining up, but we got it in. We passed a couple of cars just getting underneath them. The track rubbered up pretty heavily all the way through. The biggest part was coming off the corners. It was solid rubber off turn four and halfway down the front straightaway and off turn two halfway down the back straightaway."

Sides gained four positions - tied for the second-most cars passed - to finish 16th.

Saturday's finale rained out.

The team will take this weekend off before resuming Outlaws competition April 26 at Lake Ozark Speedway in Eldon, Mo.; April 27 at Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 in Pevely, Mo.; and April 28 at Jacksonville Speedway in Jacksonville, Ill.


April 12 - Devil's Bowl Speedway in Mesquite, Texas - Qualifying: 17; Heat race: 7 (6); B Main: 2 (2); Feature: 16 (20).


22 races, 0 wins, 2 top fives, 5 top 10s, 6 top 15s, 14 top 20s


April 26 at Lake Ozark Speedway in Eldon, Mo.; April 27 at Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 in Pevely, Mo.; and April 28 at Jacksonville Speedway in Jacksonville, Ill., with the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series