Barrie, Ontario: Al Turner and the ...
Barrie, Ontario: Al Turner and the #76 Blue Streak Intrepid team showed everyone there serious about the 2001 National Championship by winning the Flex-Mor 150 in Peterborough Saturday night. Turner who was challenging for the lead in the first event at Delaware last week when he touched the wall and was forced to pit to make repairs losing nine laps in the process was not having any of that this week.
The Blue Streak Intrepid was quick right out of the trailer and he timed 6th fastest of the twenty-eight cars that would start the feature event. A happy Turner said after the race "This win is a terrific for us and hopefully we can keep up the momentum as we head on to the Mosport Oval. It is a good track for the fans as they get to see great racing in every turn".
It was apparent that the race would be fast as seventeen cars beat the previous track record of 14.640 set by Earl Ross in 1997. D. J Kennington notched the fast time of the day with a 14.253 and went out to lead the first 130 laps of this 150-lap event. With rain threatening all evening the pressure was on to stay up front as after the half way point the race can be considered official. On lap 130 Turner made what had to be the move of the race when #17 Kennington went high in turn three to attempt to pass two lapped cars. When he hesitated for just a second Turner saw his opening and jumped down low passing Kennington & one of the lapped cars on the inside then darted up the track passing the other lapped car on the outside. When they crossed the start finish line Turner had the point position and while Kennington stayed on his bumper during the final twenty laps he was not able to make the pass. Mark Dilley in the #64 NTN Bearings Taurus rounded out the podium finishers.
Al Turner and the #76 Blue Streak Racing Team head into the third event on the schedule at Mosport Raceway on June 9th tied for fourth place in the Castrol Super Series point standings.