Knocks Down Top Ten in First Visit to The Gap!
8, 2019) William Blankenship Racing made their
first visit to the high-banks of Volunteer Speedway in
Bulls Gap, Tennessee on Saturday afternoon, December 7.
The Crate Late Model portion of the 'Grinch at the Gap'
paid $1,500 to the winner and drew a strong 21 car field.
William Blankenship toured the oval seventeenth fastest
during the qualifying session to lock himself into the
inside of the ninth row for the start of the headliner.
The McMinnville, Tennessee ace then moved up seven spots
during the course of the caution-plagued contest to claim
a tenth place performance at "The Gap." Full
results from yesterday's race can be viewed online at
(RPM Racing Photos)
Back in Crate Late Model in Gobbler
17, 2019) For the first time in over a month, William
Blankenship was back behind the wheel of his Crate Late
Model on Saturday, November 16 at Boyd's Speedway in Ringgold,
Georgia. The 'Gobbler' drew a strong field of competitors
at the Chattanooga-area facility to vie for the $1,200 paycheck.
William knocked down the twenty-fourth fastest lap during
the qualifying session and later placed fifth in his B-Main.
After rolling off from the outside of the twelfth row in
the Crate headliner, William moved all the way up to twelfth
in the running order before the bolt that holds the breather
on the carburetor broke off, which forced the McMinnville,
Tennessee ace to retire in the sixteenth position. Full
results from the 'Gobbler' weekend can be viewed online
to Eighth in Final Burris Race at Dumplin Valley!
(October 20, 2019) In what will be the final
Burris Nationals Go-Kart race ever held at the historic Dumplin
Valley Raceway in Kodak, Tennessee on Saturday, October 19,
a strong field of 60 karts were on hand for qualifying in
the 375 money race. While William Blankenship was unable to
qualify directly into the feature field through time trials,
he was able to blast past eight competitors during his consolation
event to grab the fifth and final transfer position. Starting
dead last in the 30 kart field, William carved through the
pack in the 20-lap race to secure a solid eighth place effort
in the 'Burris Fall Nationals' aboard the Smartt Farms #31
Phantom Recon Chassis.
Night at 411 Unfortunately a Short One...
13, 2019) The #32 team was back in Crate Late Model
competition on Saturday night, October 12 at 411 Motor Speedway
in Seymour, Tennessee. Unfortunately, William Blankenship's
evening was a short one, as he hit the outside retaining wall
hard during the qualifying session. Due to the damage inflicted
to his Victory Race Car by Billy Moyer, William was forced to
scratch from the remainder of the weekly program and will probably
sit out the next several weeks until repairs are made to his
Crate ride. Complete results from 411 Motor Speedway can be
accessed online at www.411motorspeedway.net.
Sixth at Crossville; Seventh in Go-Kart Return
(September 22, 2019) William Blankenship, of
McMinnville, Tennessee, pulled double duty over the September
20-21 weekend and things kicked off on Friday night in a Crate
Late Model at Crossville Speedway in Crossville, Tennessee. William
laid down the eighth quickest lap overall during the qualifying
session before driving up to sixth in the weekly main event. He
then returned to his roots on Saturday evening by competing in
the inaugural 'Burris Bash' for Go-Karts at Boyd's Speedway in
Ringgold, Georgia. William qualified twelfth quickest out of 20
karts in his division and steered to a seventh place showing in
his headliner. Full results can be obtained online at www.crossvillespeedway.com
Blankenship Nabs Top
Five Friday at Crossville Speedway!
14, 2019) William Blankenship Racing rolled back to Crossville
Speedway in Crossville, Tennessee on Friday evening, September 13
for another weekly Crate Late Model showdown. William Blankenship
started the night by laying down the fifth quickest time of the
14 competitors during the qualifying session. After rolling off
from the inside of the third row in the 25-lap headliner, William
wound up finishing inside of the top five in the fifth position
behind only victor Trent Mullinax, Floyd Turner, Deke Waters, and
Josh Walker! Full results from last night at Crossville can be accessed
online at www.crossvillespeedway.com.
William Blankenship Climbs
to Seventh at 411 Motor Speedway
8, 2019) The #32 team made their way to 411 Motor Speedway
in Seymour, Tennessee on Saturday evening, September 7 for a weekly
Crate Late Model battle. William Blankenship stopped the clock ninth
fastest overall during the time trial session to land the inside
of the fifth row for the start of the main event. The McMinnville,
Tennessee ace then moved past a pair of competitors during the feature
distance to leave the Volunteer State oval with a solid seventh
place showing. Complete results from 411 Motor Speedway can be accessed
online at www.411motorspeedway.net.
Blankenship Lands on
Podium at Duck River Raceway Park!
25, 2019) William Blankenship Racing was back in the pit
area at Duck River Raceway Park in Wheel, Tennessee on Saturday
night, August 24 to compete in a weekly Crate Late Model program.
William Blankenship laid down the seventh quickest lap overall during
the qualifying session to earn the rights to the inside of the fourth
row for the start of the main event. William then steered his #32
mount past four competitors during the headliner to land on the
podium in the third finishing position. Complete results from last
night at Duck River can be viewed online at www.duckriverracewaypark.com.
William Blankenship Narrowly
Misses Out on Duck River Special
18, 2019) The #32 team rolled into Duck River Raceway Park
in Wheel, Tennessee on Saturday evening, August 17, as the Durrence
Layne Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series presided over a $2,500 to
win Crate Late Model special event. William Blankenship, fresh off
capturing his first win of 2019 last weekend, timed in fourteenth
fastest in Group A during qualifying prior to placing ninth in his
consolation race. Unfortunately, that finish was two spots out of
a coveted transfer position into the 50-lap main event that was
ultimately won by Brandon Williams. Full results from last night
at Duck River can be viewed online at www.duckriverracewaypark.com.
Blankenship Bags First
Feature Win of 2019 Racing Season!!!
11, 2019) A night after being paid for a twenty-second
place effort in a $2,000 to win American Crate All-Star Series tilt
at Crossville Speedway in Crossville, Tennessee due to a rock creating
a hole in his radiator, William Blankenship bounced back in a big
way on Saturday night, August 10 by picking up his first feature
win of 2019 at Boyd's Speedway in Ringgold, Georgia! William laid
down the quickest lap overall during the qualifying session to land
on the pole of the 25-lap weekly main event. The McMinnville, Tennessee
native then led from flag-to-flag in the headliner to pocket the
$600 windfall in dominant fashion ahead of Justin Cameron, Josh
Walker, Sylvan Schuette, and AJ Carlisi! Full results from both
weekend shows can be accessed online at www.crossvillespeedway.com
(Ronnie Barnett Photo)
William Blankenship Finishes
Fourth at Boyd's; Gets Third in Points!
4, 2019) McMinnville, Tennessee ace William Blankenship
competed in one lone event over the weekend, as his #32 team invaded
Boyd's Speedway in Ringgold, Georgia on Saturday evening, August
3 for the track's final point battle. William laid down the third
quickest time during qualifying to lock himself into the inside
of the second row for the start of the A-Main. William then brought
home a solid top five finish in the point finale, as he crossed
underneath the checkers in the fourth finishing position behind
only victor Ethan Hunter, Colby Kilgore, and Bryan Pritchard. He
wound up placing third in the final point standings for the Crate
Late Models at the Chattanooga-area facility! Full results can be
found online at www.boydsspeedway.net.
Blankenship Earns Pair
of Top Tens at Crossville and Boyd's
(July 28, 2019) William Blankenship unloaded his
#32 Crate Late Model in a pair of special events from July 25-27
in Tennessee and Georgia. On Thursday night at Crossville Speedway
in Crossville, Tennessee, William knocked down the sixth fastest
lap overall during qualifying, but his right rear tire was going
flat late in the $853 to win main event and the McMinnville, Tennessee
ace slipped back to an eighth place showing in the 25-lapper. At
Boyd's Speedway in Ringgold, Georgia on Saturday evening, William
stopped the clock fifth quickest in time trials, moved up to fourth
in the running order of the $1,000 to win feature event, and eventually
wound up sixth in the final rundown at the Chattanooga-area oval.
He finds himself third in the latest version of the Boyd's point
standings heading into next week's point finale!!! Full results
from both weekend shows can be accessed online at www.crossvillespeedway.com
William Blankenship Makes
Visit to 411 Motor Speedway
21, 2019) The William Blankenship Racing team wound up
at 411 Motor Speedway in Seymour, Tennessee on Saturday evening,
July 20 for a weekly Crate Late Model event. William Blankenship,
who was making his first visit of the season to the Volunteer State
oval, timed in thirteenth fastest overall during the qualifying
session. After starting the 25-lap headliner from the inside of
the seventh row, William climbed up inside of the top ten in the
rough-and-tumble race before pulling off the track, which dropped
the McMinnville, Tennessee youngster to a fourteenth place showing.
Full results from last night at 411 can be accessed online at www.411motorspeedway.net.
Blankenship Shows Speed
in $3,000 J. Paul Smith Memorial
6, 2019) William Blankenship and his #32 team ventured
back to Crossville Speedway in Crossville, Tennessee on Friday evening,
July 5 for the 2nd edition of the 'J. Paul Smith Memorial.' The
Crate Late Model special drew a stout field of competitors - all
of whom were gunning for the $3,000 top prize. After timing in tenth
quickest overall during the qualifying session, William ran second
in heat race action. The McMinnville, Tennessee ace was then hovering
around the top ten and was looking for a solid finish in the special
event before he was hit from behind and turned into the wall. Damage
to his #32 mount kept William from continuing and he was forced
to settle for a twentieth place effort. Full results from last night
at Crossville can be accessed online at www.crossvillespeedway.com.
William Blankenship Stays
Consistent with Two More Top Tens
(June 30, 2019) The William Blankenship Racing
team roared into Crossville Speedway in Crossville, Tennessee and
Boyd's Speedway in Ringgold, Georgia over the June 28-29 weekend
for a pair of weekly Crate Late Model showdowns. On Friday night
at Crossville, William Blankenship timed in eighth fastest overall
during the qualifying session prior to blasting up inside of the
top five during the main event - only to wind up sixth in the final
finishing order. At Boyd's on Saturday evening, William clicked
off the tenth quickest time during qualifying and later moved up
one spot during the headliner on his way to a ninth place showing.
Full results from both weekend shows can be accessed online at www.crossvillespeedway.com
Blankenship Hangs on
for Top Ten Duck River Showing
15, 2019) William Blankenship, of McMinnville, Tennessee,
invaded Duck River Raceway Park in Wheel, Tennessee on Friday night,
June 14 for a $1,000 to win Crate Late Model program. William posted
the tenth quickest lap overall during the qualifying session, which
locked him into the outside of the fifth row for the start of the
main event. Despite suffering a broken left front upper a-arm early
in the feature distance, William was able to wheel his #32 machine
to a tenth place outing. Due to the left front suspension problems
and the unavailability of the part on short notice, the #32 team
was unable to enter the $1,000 to win Crate program held tonight
at Duck River. Full results from DRRP can be accessed online at