LAST RACE: At Memphis Motorsports Park last Saturday (Oct. 18), Blount started 38th and finished 21st. He completed 248 of 250 laps in the No. 26 High Life Dodge, and was running at the finish of the race. AT ATLANTA: The Aaron's 312 will be...
LAST RACE: At Memphis Motorsports Park last Saturday (Oct. 18), Blount started 38th and finished 21st. He completed 248 of 250 laps in the No. 26 High Life Dodge, and was running at the finish of the race.
AT ATLANTA: The Aaron's 312 will be Blount's first NASCAR start at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
TRACK TALK: "I'm looking forward to this race in Atlanta," says Blount. "Although, I haven't been back to the track since last March when we ran the ARCA race. We had a really strong car for the ARCA series race in Atlanta, and we set a track record in qualifying. In the race, the car was really, really good, but I still finished second -- by about three inches. I like the Atlanta track quite a bit because I enjoy the mile-and-a-half speedways. So, I'm excited about returning to the track where I had a strong run a year ago, and looking forward to having another good race there this year."
GEORGIA ON HIS MIND: Blount's only race in Georgia was in the ARCA series at Atlanta Motor Speedway last March. However, he does have memories of another race in the state. Blount remembers traveling to Georgia's Lanier Raceway for a race his father ran. "We drove all day -- all the way down to the track from Indiana -- and then waited around until the race was rescheduled after being rained out," says Blount. "So, we headed home and then made the same trip again. I really don't remember much about the actual race or how my Dad finished in the race. But, the funny thing is I really do remember the track. And the reason I remember Lanier is because they had a go-kart race for kids before my Dad's race. During that kart race one of the kids hit the flagman -- then hat kid just stopped right on track, got out of his kart, and started crying. I'll never forget that!"
FAMILY AFFAIR: Earlier this season, and last year when he finished second in the ARCA championship point standings, Blount drove for Braun Racing. Blount is still friendly with team owner Todd Braun and has several connections to Braun's team. Blount's father Bob is the parts manager for Braun Racing. Also, Chad's uncle, Tab Smith, is a mechanic with Braun Racing. A Blount family friend, Mike McCoige, who has helped Chad, as well as his father and grandfather in their racing endeavors, also works for Braun Racing as the chief mechanic. When Chad began racing at Michigan's Berlin Speedway, McCoige was usually at the track helping him with his racecars.
WHAT CAR: The car Blount will drive at Atlanta Motor Speedway is No. 018. It is the same car that Blount drove this year in races at Michigan International Speedway and Kansas Speedway. Blount also drove the car in practice and qualifying at Lowe's Motor Speedway. However, the car was damaged when Blount scraped the wall in qualifying, and was not used during the race in Charlotte.
2003 TOTALS: This year, Blount has started 17 events in the No. 26 High Life Dodge six for Team Jesel (Memphis, Charlotte, Kansas, Richmond, Michigan and Milwaukee) and 11 for Braun Racing. His best finish was a fifth-place at Texas Motor Speedway (March 29). Blount made his debut in the High Life Dodge at the Milwaukee Mile (June 29). After Atlanta, Blount is scheduled to compete in the series season finale at Miami (Nov. 15).
BEST FINISH: Blount's best result in the No. 26 High Life Dodge was when he crossed the finish line 15th at Michigan International Speedway (Aug. 16). In that race, Blount started 22nd, completed all 110 laps, and recorded his best finish in the Team Jesel entry.
BEST START: Blount's best qualifying effort this season was when he started seventh at California Speedway (April 26). He also started ninth in the series season opener at Daytona International Speedway (Feb. 15).