Turner Dixie Speedway preview

Local Driver Looking For Shootout Invitation WOODSTOCK, GA - Bobby Turner is a former Dixie Speedway track champion, and his victories are popular with the weekly crowd. His equipment is top notch, his attitude positive, and his outlook ...

Local Driver Looking For Shootout Invitation

WOODSTOCK, GA - Bobby Turner is a former Dixie Speedway track champion, and his victories are popular with the weekly crowd. His equipment is top notch, his attitude positive, and his outlook realistic.

"I know when them touring guys come here, we'll all be hard-pressed just to make the race," Turner says of the United Dirt Track Racing Association (UDTRA) Pro DirtCar Series race July 21st at Dixie Speedway. That's when the best late model dirt drivers in the world - guys like Scott Bloomquist, Rick Eckert, Steve Francis, Jimmy Mars, Freddy Smith, et al - will be here.

"These touring guys are going to come in here and show us what it's all about," says Turner, who lives in Canton, Ga. "It'll be a great show, and I hope I make the lineup."

More than 60 entries are expected for the 50-lap race that will pay $10,000 to win, including more than 20 of the Dixie weekly regulars like Turner. Only the top 24 will start the feature.

"We've been running two cars at the last few weekly races trying to get ready for the UDTRA race," Turner says. "I've got a really good car right now, and I like the way it's running. There's 10 guys here every week who could win. It's a fast track, but you have to be smooth."

Last weekend, Turner led the first 18 laps, then got passed by UDTRA touring pro Marshall Green of Dalton, GA. Turner retook the lead for keeps when Green's engine expired on lap 35 and led the rest of the 100-lap special feature that paid $5,000 to win in his #16 Millwood Plumbing car. It was his third Dixie victory this season. He also was the fastest qualifier.

"This is a big opportunity to run with those guys and show 'em we can run with 'em. Making the race is something we (the weekly regulars) all want to do bad, but the biggest motivation is to get an invitation to the Shootout."

The UDTRA Dixie Shootout, the season-ending 100-lapper Oct. 13th that will pay $54,000 to win and determine the Pro DirtCar champion. It is an invitation-only event.

"Getting an invitation to the Shootout is one of my biggest goals of the year, and I hope I can make that race (starting lineup), too," Turner says.

-David Allio

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Series Stock car
Drivers Scott Bloomquist , Freddy Smith , Rick Eckert , Jimmy Mars , Steve Francis