Toronto Turner faces disappointment at Exide 99

Sunday July 16, 2000: Barrie's Al Turner, an early race favourite to place in the top three in the Exide 99 on the Streets of Toronto on Saturday, finished a disappointing 29th. Turner who started from the second row had a strong car again but...

Sunday July 16, 2000: Barrie's Al Turner, an early race favourite to place in the top three in the Exide 99 on the Streets of Toronto on Saturday, finished a disappointing 29th. Turner who started from the second row had a strong car again but failed to take the checkered flag.

Practice and qualifying on Friday went well for the #76 Blue Streak Intrepid Team as they continuously posted times in the top four. When qualifying wound up late on Friday, Turner was designated the third fastest during the timed session and would there fore line up third on the forty one car starting grid for Saturday's Exide 99 Street Fight.

The Exide 99 on Saturday saw the cars race into the first turn and with some over exuberance on the part of some drivers, an early race melee saw several teams done for the day. When racing resumed twenty minutes later, Turner found himself lining up in fourth behind leader Kevin Dowler then Peter Gibbons and Pete Vanderwyst. On lap eleven after earlier passing Vanderwyst to take over third, Turner attempted to pass pole sitter Peter Gibbons going into the first turn. It looked like Turner had the spot but Gibbons, who didn't appear to know Turner was there made the turn and forced Turner into the tires and wall. When the Blue Streak Intrepid was able to limp into the pits, the race team found a hole in the rad and they were forced to park the car for the day. A disappointed Turner said after the event "I cannot thank Exide Batteries enough for helping to take us to the next level in CASCAR racing by sponsoring this our first live televised race. Even though I am disappointed by our finish today, I am excited about the future of this series and we will go on to Edmonton next week for our first national event in 2000 with high hopes."

Weekend notes: Blue Streak again hosted customers from across Canada at their pit suite for the weekend. All indications are it was another huge success. On a sadder note, crew chief Warren Jones broke his ankle while leaving pit road after the Friday morning practice session due to a freak accident and spent part of the weekend in St. Michael's hospital.

Two Blue Streak Intrepid's will be leaving for Edmonton tomorrow where they will be first making an appearance at race sponsor Bumper to Bumpers annual customer appreciation barbecue on Thursday, then on to the three day event at the Edmonton Municipal Airport road course.

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Series NASCAR Canada
Drivers Kevin Dowler , Peter Gibbons , Pete Vanderwyst , Al Turner