Turner starts on front row for CASCAR Indy event but finishes 10th. Toronto, ON: Under clear sunny skies on Saturday morning the CASCAR Super Series stars took to the Toronto Indy track for the fourth year as Robin Buck in the Napa Pontiac...
Turner starts on front row for CASCAR Indy event but finishes 10th.
Toronto, ON: Under clear sunny skies on Saturday morning the CASCAR Super Series stars took to the Toronto Indy track for the fourth year as Robin Buck in the Napa Pontiac bested his own previous track record in qualifying to sit on the pole for the 36 lap feature event that would take place later in the day. Al Turner in the Blue Streak Racing #76 Intrepid missed the pole set by Buck by a little more than a 100th of a second as he also beat the previous track record set by Buck. In all the top five starters would beat the previous best time.
Turner's Intrepid race car was in top form for the entire weekend as they practiced and consistently posted times in the top two during Friday's half hour practice session. Saturday would see them come out for CASCAR's 8:15 a.m. qualifying session and when all was said and done they would start the Blue Streak Intrepid in the 36-lap feature event outside of row number one.
At the drop of the green Turner's car faltered slightly and two cars quickly got past him entering turn one. He then settled into fourth but was bothered by fuel spilling out the overflow of the #02 machine of Kerry Micks for the first 15 laps. "There was fuel coming out of the 02 car and it was making a real mess of my windshield at the start so I was trying hard to get past him and catch up to Robin & Jim," said Turner. On lap 18 Turner dumped the #76 car hard into turn three trying to make the pass but spun the car around. He returned to the track losing only a few spots, but had a flat rear tire and was forced to the pits for a new one. After that Turner's crew were waiting for a caution so there driver could catch back up to the field. On lap 30 they got their wish as the caution flew. On the ensuing final five laps a large melee in front of Turner spun out several of the top cars and he quickly ducked to the inside picking up multiple positions to cross the finish line in 10th. While this is a disappointment as the car was so good, coming from near the back of the pack to 10th in a few laps was an amazing feat.
Turner commented after the race "This Blue Streak Racing Intrepid was good again today and I think I could have had something for the leaders at the end. I got a little aggressive and tried to get by Kerry because he was holding me up and just spun the car around and that flattened a rear tire. My crew worked hard again all weekend so I am glad for them we were able to salvage a tenth," he added.
Finish: 1. Kevin Dowler from 37th to 1st 2. #93 Joe Goncalves 3. #15 Robin Buck 10. #76 Al Turner
The Blue Streak Racing Team now prepare for the trek west as the hauler leaves early to participate in several shows for sponsor Blue Streak. On Wednesday July 17th they will be in Red Deer Alberta and on Thursday July 18th at Bumper to Bumper in Calgary. Then later on Thursday it is the 3rd annual Castrol Charity Challenge hosted by Castrol, Schanks, Blue Streak and Race City Speedway on behalf of the Rick Hansen Man In Motion Foundation. It will take place at Schanks Athletic Club on Macleod Trail in Calgary-start time is 5:30 p.m.