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Donald McIntosh and Blount Motorsports to Part Ways
However, McIntosh and the team have amicably agreed to part ways at the end of the 2017 season.
“When I first got behind the wheel of the Blount Motorsports team car back at the World 100 in September 2014, I would’ve never dreamed that it would be the beginning of such an important tenure of my racing career,” McIntosh says. “I’m eternally indebted to the amazing opportunity that Larry Garner afforded me with this team. I really appreciate all of the hard work that crew chief, David Bryant has put into the cars. I’ve learned so much and had a great time. I’m just to a point in my career where I want to take things in a slightly different direction.”
Behind the wheel of the team’s familiar black and yellow #7, McIntosh raced to the Old Man's Garage Spring Nationals championship in 2015 and 2016. He also won the Southern Nationals Bonus Series championship in 2016. Along the way he tabulated double digit wins.
“There’s no possible way that I can thank Mr. Larry Garner enough for all that he’s done for me,” McIntosh continues. “He and I spoke late last week, and we are definitely parting on good terms. I will always consider him to be a good friend, and I wish him the best of luck with his team as they move forward.”
Donald will finish the 2017 campaign with the team as he looks to claim another Southern Nationals Bonus Series championship. This weekend the team will travel to Ray Cook’s Tri-County Race Track (Brasstown, North Carolina) for a Schaeffer’s Oil Southern Nationals Bonus Series event on Friday night before heading to Dixie Speedway (Woodstock, Georgia) and Rome Speedway (Rome, Georgia) on Saturday and Sunday evening for a pair of Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series programs.
Donald is currently putting plans in place for the 2018 season. More details will be released in the coming weeks.
Donald McIntosh would like to thank his marketing partners, which include Stowers CAT, Ole Ben Franklin Motors, Tennessee RV Super Center, Blount Excavating, Massey Electric Company, Arnold’s Trucking, Cherokee Millwright & Mechanical, Rocket Chassis, Matlock Decal Company, and MSRMafia.com Marketing Services.
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Swindell Captures First Two Nights of Hockett/McMillin Memorial at Lucas Oil Speedway
Inside Line Promotions - WHEATLAND, Mo. (Sept. 25, 2017) - Sammy Swindell was in position to sweep the 7th annual Jesse Hockett/Daniel McMillin Memorial last weekend when Lucas Oil Speedway hosted the Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour tripleheader.
"It was a pretty easy weekend really," he said. "The car was good right away and we didn't have to do much to it all weekend. It made all our jobs pretty easy. From the last month or so everything has been clicking."
Swindell and the A.G. Rains owned team kicked off the action on Thursday by advancing from fourth to third place in a heat race before winning a qualifier. That ranked them seventh in overall points and lined Swindell up on the inside of the fourth row for the 25-lap main event.
"It was a track that was going to wear tires," he said. "You had to be driving like you were on pavement. That always suits me really well it seems. Just knowing how to read the race track, how to get the most out of it and save your tires at the same time. It was about not getting into trouble and not having anything happen to us, and just make sure I pace myself."
Swindell did just that as he took the lead on Lap 12 and cruised to the triumph.
He returned to the oval on Friday for Round 2, which began with Swindell picking up two positions in a heat race to finish third. He then gained a spot to place second in a qualifier, which lined him up eighth for the A Main.
"We got a couple of positions early and I felt like we were going to be better than everybody else," he said. "After a few laps they got lined out and left me room to do what I needed to do.
"The race track was narrow and locked down where guys could run wide open. I felt like we had a pretty good car. The fastest way was around the bottom. I had to bide my time again. It seemed like when I'd get to someone I'd have to race with them for a couple of laps, then they'd miss a corner and I'd run away. I got the brakes hot and didn't have any brakes the last nine laps. I had to be careful. I was going to settle for second or third and stay out of trouble. Even though I slowed down a lot it seemed like everyone else got way, way loose and I was still running guys down."
Swindell charged into the runner-up position and capitalized when the leader spun on the final lap to record his second straight win and fifth of the season. That made him the high points driver following preliminary competition and gave him the pole for Saturday's $10,000-to-win main event.
"They worked the track a little bit and we took right off," he said. "It was slowing down quite a bit after a few laps, but if you don't hear anything or see anything you don't change what you're doing. Sam (Hafertepe Jr.) got around me in turn two before I could do anything. We were following him when we got to a bunch of traffic. A few cars started piling up. He was able to get right down. I was up in the slick and the hole closed up. I tried to spin it around and keep going, but I couldn't keep the motor going and it died. If you stop you go to the back so I think we restarted in 18th."
Swindell was running second when the incident occurred. He restarted at the back of the pack and rallied for a fourth-place finish.
"We drove right on up there," he said. "I got my tires pretty hot and used them up quite a bit to get through cars so I think that hurt us from getting another position or two. It was a good weekend. We would have had a good shot at getting a sweep if we hadn't been caught up in that crash, but there's some things we can't control."
Swindell will compete this Saturday at Star Speedway in Epping, N.H., with the Northeastern Midget Association. He will race a pavement midget for Bertrand Motorsports for the second straight year. Swindell finished fourth during his debut with the team in August 2016.
QUICK RESULTS -
Sept. 21 - Lucas Oil Speedway in Wheatland, Mo. - Heat race: 3 (4); Qualifier: 1 (1); Feature: 1 (7).
Sept. 22 - Lucas Oil Speedway in Wheatland, Mo. - Heat race: 3 (5); Qualifier: 2 (3); Feature: 1 (8).
Sept. 23 - Lucas Oil Speedway in Wheatland, Mo. - Feature: 4 (1).
SEASON STATS -
38 races, 5 wins, 13 top fives, 22 top 10s, 24 top 15s, 28 top 20s
UP NEXT -
Saturday at Star Speedway in Epping, N.H., with the Northeastern Midget Association
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