of runner-up finishes to start October
2013 - After a rain out and a weekend off, Billy Ogle Jr. and
the Blount Motorsports team hit th road for three scheduled races.
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.
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.
race at Rome Speedway was rained out.
scheduled race is the Dirt Track World Championship at Portsmouth
Raceway on October 18-19.
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.
race will be the King of the Mountain Southern All-Stars race
at Smoky Mtn. Speedway on Sept. 20.
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.
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.
finish at Scorcher
2013 - Billy Ogle Jr. was looking for a repeat in the 10th annual
Scorcher event at Volunteer Speedway.
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.
event will be the Buddy Rogers Memorial Southern All-Stars race
at Tazewell Speedway on Sunday, September 1.
win at The Gap
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
the BMS team will be at Wythe Raceway on June 22 for the Lucas
Oil Late Model Dirt Series race.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
the entire Blount Motorsports team will be at Smoky Mountain Speedway
for the Ultimate Super Late Model Series.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
place finish with the Outlaws
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.
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
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
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.
the Blount Motorsports team are planning to take this weekend
off in preparation for the final three races of the Spring Nationals
bag weekend with Spring Nationals
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.
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.
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.
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 isnt
too bad, but not what we were looking for.
races remaining in the Spring Nationals the team finds itself
second in the points chase 30 points behind leader Steve Casebolt.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Madden's tires failed the lab test and was disqualified. Billy
was awarded the win.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
team will be at Boyd's Speedway and at Cleveland Speedway this
start at Volusia ends on positive note
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.
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.
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.
outing at Boyd's
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.
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.
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.
win in a row
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.
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.
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.