TROIS RIVIERES, PQ: Al Turner in the ...
TROIS RIVIERES, PQ: Al Turner in the #76 Blue Streak Intrepid went into Trois-Rivieres looking for a top finish to keep them firmly in the Castrol Super Series championship points hunt but were dealt a blow when drive train failure relegated them to a ninteenth place finish. CASCAR was making its first appearance on the streets of Trois-Rivieres in one of the oldest racing weekends in the country.
Practice and the first qualifying session went good on Friday but Turner hoped that the cooler weather on Saturday morning for the second qualifying session would get them up front for the start of the CASCAR 100 later in the day. During the half hour session, he could not find any clean track to get that fast lap and ultimately posted the thirteenth quickest time overall.
Saving the car was the plan for the 100-km event as practice and qualifying had shown Turner that attrition would likely be high. The Blue Streak Intrepid driver steadily picked off the competition in front of him during the first twenty-five laps. Turner was running quite comfortably in fifth spot waiting for the final ten laps to make his move to the front when something in the drive train ceased up and the car coasted onto one of the run off areas and out of the race. A disappointed Turner said after the race "We had not used up our car at all today and were just waiting for a few more laps to go by before making our move on the front runners. Something just ceased up under the car. Our equipment has been flawless this year, but there is not much you can do about it when something like this happens. My crew gave me an awesome car today but I guess it just wasn't meant to be." Turner remains in third in the Castrol Super Series point standings heading into event number nine.
Podium finishers were 1. #1 Peter Gibbons 2. #17 D.J. Kennington 3. #02 Kerry Micks.
The Blue Streak Racing Team is looking forward to the next event at Cayuga Speedway on Saturday August 11th. This is the site of one of Turner's four Super Series wins in 2000.