Pair of runner-up finishes to start October

October 5, 2013 - After a rain out and a weekend off, Billy Ogle Jr. and the Blount Motorsports team hit th road for three scheduled races.

The first race was the Tar Heel 50 at Tri-County Racetrack in Brasstown, NC. Billy started 6th for the 53-lap race. He worked his way past some top drivers to finish second to Casey Roberts in the race.

The second race was the Dixie Shootout Lucas Oil sanctioned race at Dixie Speedway in Woodstock, GA. Billy posted the 7th fastest time out of 47 cars, but went backwards in the heat race finishing 3rd. But from the 11th starting spot, Billy used the bottom line for most of the race to move to second. Billy ran down race leader Chris Madden, but could not mount a challenge for the lead.

The third race at Rome Speedway was rained out.

Billy's next scheduled race is the Dirt Track World Championship at Portsmouth Raceway on October 18-19.

 

Another Classic win

September 13, 2013 - Billy Ogle Jr. returned to victory lane in the Old Smoky Moonshine Classic SRRS race at Smoky Mountain Speedway. Billy set fast time for the event, but did not get a good draw for the fast car dash. Still, Billy worked his way to second in the dash to earn the outside pole position alongside Chris Wilson. When the green waved for the feature event, Billy quickly powered his way to the lead and never looked back in taking the win.

Billy's next race will be the King of the Mountain Southern All-Stars race at Smoky Mtn. Speedway on Sept. 20.

 

Back-to-back SAS wins

September 1, 2013 - It was back-to-back wins in the Southern All-Stars series for Billy. After winning the August 3 race at Volunteer Speedway, Billy won the Buddy Rogers Memorial at Tazewell Speedway.

Billy could only manage a 4th place starting spot for the 44-lap race. But Billy wasted no time in getting to second place behind race leader Stacy Boles. Billy got alongside Boles on lap 19, then took the lead on lap 20. Billy saw some late pressure from Vic Hill, but held on for the lead and take the win.

 

Runner-up finish at Scorcher

August 22, 2013 - Billy Ogle Jr. was looking for a repeat in the 10th annual Scorcher event at Volunteer Speedway.

Billy won his heat race to earn the outside front row starting spot. He would join Chris Madden who won the pole. Madden jumped out to the early lead, but Billy slid back as far as 4th in the early going of the 50-lap race. Billy was able to work his way to 2nd place and chased down Madden. Billy could not get far enough beside Madden to complete a pass and had to settle for a 2nd place finish.

Billy's next event will be the Buddy Rogers Memorial Southern All-Stars race at Tazewell Speedway on Sunday, September 1.

 

Strong win at The Gap

August 3, 2013 - After a series of strong runs and second place finishes, Billy Ogle Jr. finally brought home the checkered flag with a strong run in the Southern All-Stars race at Volunteer Speedway. Billy started the race from the 5th position, but wasted no time moving forward. By lap 13, Billy was in third. After a restart, Billy battled Stacy Boles for second for several laps. Billy finally secured the position, then chased down race leader Vic Hill. Billy used a power move on the outside of Hill to grab the lead on lap 34. Billy pulled away to comfortably take the win.

“We really needed that win,” Ogle said with a sigh of relief. “The car was great, we had a good race with Vic (Hill) and got the win we have been looking for. This gets us out of that second place rut we have been in and I think we might have learned a few things for the Scorcher coming up in a couple of weeks.”

The next race for Billy and the Blount Motor Sports team will be at Smoky Mountain Speedway on August 10 for a $3,000 to win SRRS race.

 

Running diary of Southern Nationals tour

July 27, 2013 - Below is a running diary of Billy's running of the Southern Nationals. Updates will be posted after each night's event.

Race #1 - Wythe Raceway didn't draw a huge amount of cars. Billy qualified 4th to put him in the 4-car fast car dash. Billy finished 2nd to place him on the front row with Chris Madden. Madden checked out for the win and Billy was passed late by Jonathan Davenport to finish 3rd.

Race #2 - Volunteer Speedway was site for the second race. Billy started 5th and finished 4th. He is 4th in points just 12 points behind first.

Race #3 - East Alabama saw Billy set fast time, but finished 2nd in the fast car dash to Jonathan Davenport. Davenport grabbed the early lead before Billy took over the point on lap 4. Billy held the lead until lap 32 when Davenport reclaimed the lead and take the win. Billy sits in 3rd in points just 10 points from the lead.

Race #4 - Swainsboro Raceway was the site for race four. Billy struggled in qualifying posting the 18th overall time. He moved up in his consolation race to earn the 13th starting spot. Billy worked his way to a 9th place finish, but lost valuable points. He still sits 3rd, but 29 points from the lead.

Race #5 - The event at Screven Motor Speedway was rained out. Rome Speedway is the site of the next race.

Race #6 - Rome Speedway was also rained out shortly after qualifying began. The race will be made up next Sunday, but will be a non-points race for the Southern Nationals. North Georgia Speedway is the next race on Tuesday.

Race #7 - North Georgia Speedway's event was threatended by rain. But the rain moved south and the race was run. Billy set fast time overall and drew a "3" for the fast car dash. Billy finished second in the dash. Pole sitter Aaron Ridley got the early lead and held off Billy to win the race. Billy finished second and now sits 18 points outside the lead. The next race is at Duck River Raceway.

Race #8 - Duck River Speedway hosted their first Southern Nationals race. Josh Putnam set fast time, but it was Chris Madden winning the dash and the pole with Billy coming in second for the 35-lap feature. Madden took the lead on lap 1. But Billy raced by on the outside to take the lead on lap 2. Madden would close in during the final laps. Madden would retake the lead with one to go as Billy moved to the lowside going into turn 1. The two raced side-by-side down the backstretch. Billy attempted to do a slide job on Madden in turns 3 and 4. Madden stayed in the gas and the two made contact coming off turn 4. Madden hit the wall and Billy continued. But Eric Jacobsen snuck under both to win the race. Billy crossed the line in second and now sits in second place in points just 15 points from the lead. The next race is at Smoky Mountain Speedway.

Race #9 - Smoky Mountain Speedway saw two rain showers prior to racing that produced a fast track early on. But the track slowed down in qualifying as Billy only managed the 10th fastest qualifying time. But in the 53-lap feature, Billy quickly moved through the field. He rallied to finish 3rd, but behind race winner Chris Madden and Jonathan Davenport. Billy trails Davenport by 17 points heading into tomorrow's final race at Tazewell Speedway.

Race #10 - Tazewell Speedway once again hosted the final race of the Southern Nationals. Qualifying times among the top 8 were close. Billy failed to make the top 4, but won his consolation race to take the 5th starting spot. Billy wasted no time moving forward. He was in third place before the 10-lap make of the 53-lap of the race. Billy passed Eric Jacobsen for second and tried to run down race leader Jonathan Davenport. But Davenport had his way by winning the race and clinching the Southern National championship. Billy finished in second, 24 points outside the top spot.

 

Solid runs in SAS competition

June 15, 2013 - The conclusion of the Scott Sexton Memorial SAS race at Volunteer Speedway took place on Friday night. Billy was running 3rd when the rains came back on June 1. Billy was passed by Steve Casebolt to finish 4th.

Billy and the BMS team moved to Smoky Mtn. Speedway on Saturday night for another SAS race. Billy qualified 1st in his group to earn the pole position for the 40-lap race. But it was Vic Hill that grabbed the early lead. Billy fell back to third after the first restart of the race on lap 2, allowing Chris Madden to claim second. Billy then had to fend off Dale McDowell and Steve Casebolt on the next two restarts. Hill had to retire on lap 19, handing the lead to Madden with Billy in second. Madden was too strong in the second half of the race as he took the win and Billy finished second.

Billy and the BMS team will be at Wythe Raceway on June 22 for the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series race.

 

One rough night, one rain out

June 1, 2013 - Two races were on the dockett for Billy Ogle Jr. and the Blount Motorsports team. The first race was at Tazewell Speedway and the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series. In that race, Billy was running a smooth race on a challenging racing surface. Bryan Hendrix got into Billy which sent his car spinning. Several other cars also spun to avoid the incident. Billy was able to continue and rally for a 9th place finish.

Race number two of the weekend was the Scott Sexton Memorial race at Volunteer Speedway. The Southern All-Stars sanctioned race attracted a good number of cars from the region. But the race was halted on lap 17 as rain fell over the speedway. The remainder of the race will be completed on Friday, June 14 with Billy running in 3rd.

The team will be taking this weekend off from racing.

 

Ultimate runner-up finish

May 25, 2013 - The Ultimate Super Late Model Series made their first of two visits to Smoky Mtn. Speedway. The $4,000 to win race drew 30 drivers from across the area.

Billy struggled a bit in qualifying being the first driver out to take time. Billy only mustered an 8th place starting spot for the 40-lap main event. But when the green flag waved to start the race, Billy quickly moved up through the field. He found himself in second place with 10 laps to go. A late caution place Billy on the rear bumper of leader Dillon Wood. But Wood was too strong and pulled away. Billy held off Ray Cook for second.

Billy will be back in action this Friday night when the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series goes to Tazewell Speedway, then to Volunteer Speedway for the Southern All-Stars sanctioned Scott Sexton Memorial 52.

 

Another Boyd's wash out, Spring Nationals decided

May 18, 2013 - The Spring Nationals finale was moved to Boyd's Speedway as the race there was postponed last week due to flooding at the track. Billy trailed Steve Casebolt by 30 points heading into the last event. But once again, weather was an issue. Light sprinkles began to fall as hot laps started. Qualifying was completed before the rain picked up. After a delay, the decision was made to call off the race and reschedule it for next Friday. Series promoter Ray Cook decided to end the points with several drivers having other race plans for next weekend. Billy was the runner-up finisher in the Spring Nationals.

The weather did clear at Cleveland Speedway to get in the Southern All-Stars race. Billy set fast time out of 29 drivers on hand. Casebolt, who started out the outside of the front row, grabbed the early lead. Billy's car faded in the second half of the race and finished 5th.

Billy and the entire Blount Motorsports team will be at Smoky Mountain Speedway for the Ultimate Super Late Model Series.

 

Mixed weekend

May 11, 2013 - The Spring Nationals was back on tap as the mini-series was winding down its inaugural season for a three-race weekend.

Duck River hosted the first night and saw 44 drivers enter the event. Billy's draw for qualifying hurt him as he failed the lock himself into the race. Track position was key through the last chance races and Billy could not make up any ground. He had to take a provisionsal for the race. From there, Billy did work his way through the field and earn a respectable 6th place finish.

Night two was postponed at Boyd's Speedway because of flooding from heavy rains earlier in the week. The race was rescheduled for a week later, making it the series finale.

Dixie Speedway hosted night three. Series points leader Steve Casebolt won the race and padded his points lead over Billy. Billy started 5th and fell back as far as 7th. But he rallied to finish 3rd.

Billy will look to wind up the Spring Nationals at Boyd's on Friday and then to the Southern All-Stars race at Cleveland Speedway on Saturday.

 

Fifth place finish with the Outlaws

April 28, 2013 - The World of Outlaws Late Model Dirt Series was making their only visit to eastern Tennessee with a tripleheader of racing. The first stop was at Smoky Mountain Speedway in Maryville.

Thirty-five drivers were on hand for the $10,000 to win race. Billy set the second fast time in his group, but finished second in his heat race to Steve Casebolt. That put him in the draw for the top 8 starting positions. Billy drew a "7" for the 50-lap race.

Billy spent much of the race in a back-and-forth duel with Jonathan Davenport. The two traded positions a number of times. Billy finally got around Davenport for good in the closing laps to score a 5th place finish.

The WoOLMS visit to Tazewell Speedway on Saturday night was rained out. With rain still in the area on Sunday, the team opted not to make the haul to Duck River in case the event was rained out.

Billy and the Blount Motorsports team are planning to take this weekend off in preparation for the final three races of the Spring Nationals next weekend.

 

Mixed bag weekend with Spring Nationals

April 20, 2013 - For Billy Ogle Jr. and the Blount Motorsports team, the results from the three Spring National races this past weekend were a mixed bag that included a 16th place finish, a rain out and a third place finish.

On Thursday at 301 Speedway the engine in the primary car threw a rod and the back up car was rolled out. Starting 12th on the grid Ogle had worked his way to sixth, but tire selection sent the car backwards through the field to a sixteenth place finish.

The Friday night contest at Ponderosa Speedway was cancelled because of wet grounds. On Saturday night, still in the backup car, they started fifth and ended up finishing third.

“It was one of those up and down weekends that started out with a blown engine right off the trailer which put us in the back up car. The back up car was fine, but a wrong choice of tires kept us from a decent finish,” commented David Bryant. “On Saturday at Cleveland we started fifth and finished third which isn’t too bad, but not what we were looking for.”

With three races remaining in the Spring Nationals the team finds itself second in the points chase 30 points behind leader Steve Casebolt.

Another three race weekend for the Blount Motorsports team. They will race three World of Outlaw shows starting on Friday night at Smoky Mountain, Saturday night at Tazewell and Sunday night at Duck River.

 

Roller coaster weekend

April 13, 2013 - It was a doubleheader weekend for Billy Ogle Jr. and the Blount Motorsports team. It was a pair of Spring Nationals races at Tri-County Racetrack in Brasstown, NC and at Smoky Mtn. Speedway in Maryville, TN.

At Tri-County, Billy set fast time for the race to earn the pole position. Casey Roberts joined Billy on the front row for the start of the race.

Roberts grabbed the early lead with Billy giving chase in second. Billy kept the heat on Roberts throughout the whole race. But Roberts was too strong and took the win. Billy settled for another runner-up finish.

Things didn't go so well at Smoky Mtn. Speedway. Billy started 4th for the 50-lap race. Billy looked to move up early on, but eventually lost some spots as the halfway point was approaching. Dale McDowell, who was running 4th, blew a water line going into turn 1. McDowell hit the outside wall. Mark Douglas and Billy were running close behind as they hit the water on the track. Both collected the wall, then each other, knocking both out of the race.

Billy and team will regroup and resume the Spring Nationals with three races this weekend. 201 Speedway, Ponderosa Speedway, and Cleveland Speedway will host those races starting Thursday night.

 

Second place at Tazewell

April 6, 2013 - The Southern All-Stars returned to Tazewell Speedway and so did the Blount Motorsports team. Both Billy Ogle Jr. and teammate Tommy Kerr were fast and in the middle of the fight for the lead.

Chris Madden set overall fast time for the race. Billy was second fast in the first group to earn the third starting spot. Kerr was fastest in the second group. As the green flag waved, Billy quickly jumped into second place behind Madden. Kerr settled for third and battled with Vic Hill. By the halfway point of the race, Billy was pressuring Madden for the lead. Billy got alongside Madden a couple of times, but could not pull off the pass. After a caution, it was Kerr that took over second with Billy sliding back to third. Late in the race, Kerr would drop out of the race with rear end issues. Billy moved back to second and stayed close behind Madden. But Madden held off Billy for the win.

The next action for Billy and the BMS team will be the Spring Nationals at Tri-County Racetrack and at Smoky Mtn. Speedway.

NOTE: Chris Madden's tires failed the lab test and was disqualified. Billy was awarded the win.

 

Two more wins narrowly missed

March 9, 2013 - It was a doubleheader weekend for Billy Ogle Jr. and the boys at Blount Motorsports. On tap was an unsanctioned race at Boyd's Speedway and the SAS-sanctioned Shamrock at Cleveland Speedway.

A good turnout was on hand at Boyd's as 36 drivers were on hand for the $4,000 to win event. Jonathan Davenport won the pole and taking the early lead in the 40-lap race. Dale McDowell eventually took the lead and went on to win the race. Meanwhile, Billy gave chase to the two lead cars throughout most of the race. A late pass by Randy Weaver knocked Billy back to a 4th place finish.

Cleveland Speedway produced a wild finish. Front row starters Dale McDowell and Randy Weaver battled for the lead about 10 laps into the race. That allowed Billy to join the battle and eventually pass both cars on the back stretch. Weaver took second from McDowell and closed up on Billy. The two drivers exchanged a series of slide jobs until Weaver took the lead for good on lap 29. Billy tried to fight back, but McDowell made contact with Billy coming off turn 2. That allowed Weaver to pull away and take the win. Mike Marlar passed Billy in the closing laps of the caution-free race for 2nd place.

Billy will try for that first win of 2013 at Volunteer Speedway and the inaugural Spring Nationals for $4,000 to win on Friday night and $10,000 to win on Saturday night.

 

Flat tire derails top 5 finish

March 2, 2013 - Big money was on the line at the Bama Bash at Green Valley Speedway. A number of top drivers were on hand vying for the big money.

Cold temperatures greeted drivers and race fans for the two nights of racing. Billy Ogle Jr. finished second in his heat race on night #1 to earn the 5th starting spot for the 75-lap main event.

On night #2, snow flurries fell from the skiy as racing took place. Track officials were worried about the track freezing over, so there was not a lot of water on the track that produced a hard, slick racing surface.

The story of the feature was tire wear and the difficulty in passing. As the race progressed, several drivers suffered from a flat right rear tire. Billy suffered the same fate on lap 61 to bring out the caution while running in 5th. By that time, snow fall picked up in intensity and the race was called with 61 laps in the books.

Billy and team will be at Boyd's Speedway and at Cleveland Speedway this weekend.

 

Slow start at Volusia ends on positive note

February 23, 2013 - The trip for Billy Ogle Jr. and the Blount Motorsports team got off to a slow start at Volusia Speedway, but ended on a positive note.

After sitting fast time in his group on both Monday and Tuesday nights, Billy narrowly missed the field for both races. Mechanical problems on Monday night prohibited a chance at the consolation race. On Tuesday night, Billy missed making the field in the consolation race by one spot.

Fortunes turned for the better on Wednesday night as Billy made the field each night for the rest of the week. Billy's best finish of the week was 15th on Friday night.

The team will regroup and prepare of the annual Shamrock SAS race at Cleveland Speedway on March 9.

 

Tough outing at Boyd's

February 9, 2013 - After being rained out two weeks in a row, the Cabin Fever 40 finally took place under sunny skies at Boyd's Speedway. The SRRS-sanctioned event drew 49 cars from across the region.

Billy set fast time among the 49 entries. New for 2013, the SRRS now inverts the top 4 cars in each heat race. As is the case with most day races, passing was at a premium even with a faster car. Billy had to start the 40-lap feature midpack.

Billy was trying to click off as many positions as possible in the early laps as cars were still bunched up. Billy made contact with another car that triggered an accident. Billy would later park the car and settle for 17th position.

The next scheduled events for Billy will be at the UNOH DirtCar Nationals at Volusia Speedway in Florida from Feb. 18 through Feb. 23.

 

Fifth win in a row

January 6, 2013 - Billy Ogle Jr. opened the 2013 season at the annual Ice Bowl event at Talladega Short Track in Alabama. Fifty-seven drivers were on hand for the event.

Racing got started on Saturday with time trials and heat races. Billy set fast time in overall qualifying. He then went on to win his heat race to earn the pole position for Sunday's 50-lap main event.

Sunday saw the conclusion of the preliminary events that were rained out late Saturday. The track surface remained in good shape for the beginning the Ice Bowl's main event. Billy grabbed the lead when the green flag waved and appeared to be on cruise control until the first caution waved on lap 10. Billy remained in the lead as a furious battle for second place took place behind him. Another caution around the midway point stacked the field once again. Billy took off still in the lead, but had close company as Ross Martin stayed close behind. Martin began to pressure Billy for the lead and finally took the lead on lap 34. Billy stayed close behind Martin but could not mount a challenge. Billy settled for second behind Martin.