Donald McIntosh took over the driver’s seat in the primary car for Blount Motorsports near the end of the 2014 season and remained with the Maryville, Tennessee-based team through the 2017 campaign. That run of just over three years resulted in two Spring Nationals championships and a total of 18 feature victories. And the driver from Dawsonville, Georgia believes that his reunification with the Larry Garner-owned operation can lead to similar success in the future.
In 2018 McIntosh made an attempt to run the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series in a family-owned operation that eventually fell short of expectations. The 25-year-old racer doesn’t regret the move he made last year, but he is happy to be back with his old crew.
“I’m excited about it,” McIntosh proclaimed in an interview with InsideDirtRacing.com. “We’re a pretty tight family. I didn’t leave because I didn’t want to race with them anymore. I left because I had an opportunity and had some money behind me to run the Lucas tour and that’s a once-in-a-lifetime thing so I wasn’t going to pass up that opportunity. But the money fell through and I wasn’t able to do it. I’m thankful for the opportunity to come back and run with these guys. We’re going to have a lot of fun this year.”
Blount Motorsports uses Rocket XR1 Chassis cars powered by Vic Hill Racing Engines. That combination is one McIntosh feels very comfortable with. Last year he ran a chassis called the 007 while driving for his own team and he also drove a Rocket Chassis for Big Frog Motorsports on a part-time basis.
“My car is a lot like an XR1 and the Big Frog car was an XR1 so there were a few things that I learned and some things that they learned too,” the driver of the No. 7M machine pointed out. “I think we can have a really good year. We’ve gelled pretty well together as far as the team goes.”
McIntosh cites his long standing relationship with BMS crew chief David Bryant as a key to future success with the team that plans to run a so-called pick-and-choose schedule in 2019.
“David Bryant, Eric Watson, and the whole team is about the same as it used to be,” the driver explained. “It’s exciting. Like I said, I think we can gel back together and have a good year. We’re not going to points race as much this year. I think we’re going to run the Southern Nationals, the 10-race deal in the summer, but we’re just going to hit-and-miss and run the big races.”
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