LONDON, ON - With just 20 laps to go in Saturday night's FlexMor Trucking 150 Castrol Super Series race at Peterborough Speedway, Al Turner surprised race dominator DJ Kennington and the capacity crowd with a gutsy move, in traffic. The gamble...
LONDON, ON - With just 20 laps to go in Saturday night's FlexMor Trucking 150 Castrol Super Series race at Peterborough Speedway, Al Turner surprised race dominator DJ Kennington and the capacity crowd with a gutsy move, in traffic. The gamble paid off, and Turner was somehow able to keep his Blue Streak Intrepid in front of Kennington's quicker Castrol Syntec Intrepid for the final 20 laps.
The victory was Turner's fifth in the last two years and leaves him as the sole Intrepid racer to visit Victory Lane in a major stock car series. The score reads - Turner: 5... everyone else: zero. While drivers like Bill Elliott, Sterling Marlin and Ward Burton are still chasing their first checked flag in the offering from DaimlerChrysler, the Barrie, ON star is coming up on a half-dozen wins in his trusty Blue Streak Intrepid.
"I knew I wasn't going to be able to get him [Kennington] on open track," said Turner, holding the winner's trophy. "I knew it was going to have to be done in traffic. We were getting so many cautions that we weren't getting the traffic. Then, finally, we caught up to some and on the way into [turn] 3, he made a move to go to the high side and was run a little bit high by a lapped car. I just took advantage of it and shot down to the bottom. The car 'stuck' and we were able to come up off there in front. From there, it was just a matter of holding him off."
Kennington, who drives the Castrol Syntec Intrepid, was somewhat frustrated at not being able to close the deal. "The car was great. I couldn't have made it any better. Like I said, it's a little bit disappointing. I don't know what I have to do to win one of these things, but we're going to keep knocking and we'll get one of these things before the year is done; that's for sure... and hopefully more."
Former Castrol Super Series champion Mark Dilley started second in the 28-car field and completed the podium finishers in his NTN Taurus.
After two events, Kerry Micks - who was fourth at Peterborough - leads the point standings with a 30-point lead over fellow Ford driver Kevin Dowler. But so far, parity is the rule in the chase for the Castrol Cup, as there are four Ford Taurus drivers, three Intrepid pilots, and three General Motors pilots in the top 10.
<pre> POINT STANDINGS (After Round #2 of 12): 1. #02 Kerry Micks (Ford / 318); 2. #35 Kevin Dowler (Ford / 288); 3. #60 Ron Beauchamp Jr. (Intrepid / 287); 4. #22 Scott Steckly (Chevrolet / 282); 5. #76 Al Turner (Intrepid / 282); 6. #88 Dave Jacombs (Ford / 276); 7. #31 Kelly Williams (Pontiac / 268); 8. #4 Don Thomson Jr. (Chevrolet / 266); 9. #64 Mark Dilley (Ford / 256); 10. #9 Robbie Thompson (Intrepid / 253); 11. #99 Pete Vanderwyst (Pontiac / 246); 12. #97 Rob Neely (Intrepid / 244); 13. #19 Brad Graham (Chevrolet / 240); 14. #04 Andy Farr (Intrepid / 240); 15. #80 Donald Theetge (Chevrolet / 238); 16. #8 Teri MacDonald-Cadieux (Chevrolet / 238); 17. #33 Neil Fair (Chevrolet / 228); 18. #3 Chris Fowler (Chevrolet / 220); 19. #00 Bill Innes (Ford / 218); 20. #14 John Fitzpatrick (Chevrolet / 216); 21. #56 Scott Fletcher (Chevrolet / 212); 22. #36 Rod Sauder (Intrepid / 208); 23. #57 Joe Goncalves (Chevrolet / 200); 24. #17 DJ Kennington (Intrepid / 171); 25. #1 Peter Gibbons (Chevrolet / 152); 26. #29 Kevin Trevellin (Ford / 132); 27. #94 Mark Graham (Chevrolet / 120); 28. #24 Cole Pearn (Chevrolet / 118); 29. #98 David Whitlock (Ford / 109); 30. #25 Jim Lapcevich (Chevrolet / 108)
NOTEBOOK: Robbie Thompson is 10th in the overall standings after two events and leads all rookie drivers with 253 points... For the second race in a row, Blue Streak Hygrade Motor Products topped up the race payout, with an additional $4,000 (total) going to the podium finishers. Blue Streak Intrepid driver Al Turner walked away with the lion's share of the Podium Bonus Award at Peterborough... Julian Renaud of Peterborough, ON was the guest of Castrol and #17 Castrol Syntec Intrepid racer DJ Kennington at Peterborough Speedway. The 15-year-old high school student was on hand as part of the 'Castrol GTX Top Techs' program after being nominated for the honour by his auto shop teacher. Renaud, who is a racing fan, enjoyed the experience and said that being able to be part of the #17 crew for the night allowed him to expand on some of the things he'd learned at school... The next Castrol Super Series race takes place June 9 at Mosport Speedway.