Al Turner in the ...
Al Turner in the #76 Blue Streak Intrepid finished a disappointing 18th in Sunday's CASCAR Castrol Super Series opener in Delaware. The Mopar 250, which Turner won last year from the 34th spot, was a race of attrition with many of the top teams experiencing problems.
Turner set 9th fastest time during Saturday's first qualifying session. CASCAR has eliminated the heat races of the past and now 20 cars qualify through time trials while the remainder of the field is set after a twenty five lap final qualifier race.
In the Mopar 250 on Sunday Turner's car got stronger and stronger on the long runs. At the mid point of the race the caution flag was thrown allowing them to make their tire and gas pit stop. Turner returned to the track in sixth place and was set to make his run to the front. Unfortunately on lap 155 while attempting to pass front-runner Scott Steckly for the lead Turner brushed the wall. The resulting damage -- a broken pan hard bar put them in the pits for nine laps for repairs. At the end of the 250-lap event Turner who was still one of the fastest cars on the track crossed the finish line in 18th position.
The Blue Streak sales force along with Marge Decher were again out in full force to launch their new charity campaign in support of the Rick Hansen Institute. RHI is dedicated to the search for a cure for spinal cord injury. This charity is very near and dear to everyone on the Blue Streak Racing Team as the Turner's son James suffers from a spinal cord injury. They raised over $2,300.00 selling the Blue Streak at the Indy t-shirts. Almost five hundred t-shirts sold in less than two hours.
The next event on the schedule for Al Turner and the Blue Streak Racing Team is at Peterborough Speedway on Saturday May 26, 2001.