Turner Motorsports Has Rough Outing At Myrtle Beach Bad Luck Affects Helton and Buescher In Different Ways CONCORD, NC (June 26, 2007) -- The beach is usually a place everyone loves to go to. After this weekend's USAR Hooters Pro Cup ...
Turner Motorsports Has Rough Outing At Myrtle Beach
Bad Luck Affects Helton and Buescher In Different Ways
CONCORD, NC (June 26, 2007) -- The beach is usually a place everyone loves to go to. After this weekend's USAR Hooters Pro Cup Series race at Myrtle Beach Speedway (SC), Turner Motorsports drivers Gary Helton and James Buescher might want to stay away from the coast for a while.
Helton's day started off with some bad luck. After finding a problem with the brakes and going back to the setup they started with, Helton put the car solidly in the field, starting seventh.
"In practice we unloaded the car and it was actually good," said Helton. "We had a brake problem that we finally discovered so we got that fixed. We changed the car back like the way we came and the car was good. We also made a few more little adjustments right before qualifying."
Meanwhile, Buescher used the knowledge he gained during a testing session to place him 22nd fastest out of 42 cars.
"We tested on Monday and we were pretty good," said Buescher. "When we went back to practice we had a couple changes and had to work on the car to get it back where it was. We qualified about same speed as our practice qualifying runs. We didn't pick up much but we didn't lose anything so we ended up starting about mid-pack."
While Helton wheeled his way around the top-10, Buescher patiently waited for the track to come to his car. Before he could make a run up through the pack, mechanical woes ended his chance at a solid finish.
"We had a good car on long runs," said Buescher. "We just had to fight all the traffic. If we didn't lose our motor we would have ended up in the top five.
"It is really frustrating because we're getting better and better each week, but if we're having motor problems we don't get the finishes that we deserve. We're struggling with our motor department but everywhere else we're getting really good."
Helton looked to carry the banner for Turner Motorsports during the event, but a racing incident ruined his chances at a great finish as well.
"The #88 car (Richard Boswell) got turned sideways," said Helton. "I'm not sure who turned him, but he got turned sideways and I hit him in the side because I was right behind him. I just didn't have anywhere to go.
"We got a little hole in the radiator and we had to park it. It is pretty frustrating. It seems like all that stuff happens when you have a decent car. I thought we had a top five car. But that's part of it sometimes. We'll get it put together at some point."
The next event in the USAR Pro Cup Series Southern Division for Turner Motorsports will be the July 14th event at Southern National Speedway in Kenly, North Carolina.