USAR: Southern: Turner Motorsports race report

Turner Motorsports Impressive With Strong Runs At Southern National Helton and Buescher Team Up For Great Showing On New Track Surface CONCORD, NC (July 23, 2007) - The USAR Hooters Pro Cup Series turned their focus to Southern National...

Turner Motorsports Impressive With Strong Runs At Southern National
Helton and Buescher Team Up For Great Showing On New Track Surface

CONCORD, NC (July 23, 2007) - The USAR Hooters Pro Cup Series turned their focus to Southern National Raceway Park (NC) Saturday for the 250-lap race on the newly repaved surface. Turner Motorsports drivers Gary Helton and James Buescher were eager to be the first drivers across the finish line on the fast track. While both drivers suffered bad luck throughout the race, both had great runs, showcasing to the Pro Cup crowd that Turner Motorsports is a force to be reckoned with.

In qualifying, Buescher struggled with finding the speed he needed, but soon showed his Turner Motorsports power by running up through the field.

"We qualified 23rd and in practice we were not that great," said Buescher. "By the time the race came we were passing cars. It wasn't that big of a deal for us to do it. It just shows how good our car was in race trim. But we have to work on our qualifying effort and a little more on the race set up."

Meanwhile, Helton was on the opposite end of the spectrum. His sixth-place qualifying start put him towards the front of the field, but contact with another car created some early damage the team had to repair.

"We had a good car," said Helton. "Early in the race someone spun out in the middle of one and two. We cut low and missed that but somebody came up through and took off the left side pretty good. We came in and made some repairs, but man there was a lot of heat coming in the car. We thought we would just try to make it through the race."

Late in the race, the teammates found themselves near each other. Unfortunately they were too close as contact between Helton and Wade Day caused the Turner Motorsports teammates to tangle, putting Helton into the inside wall on the front stretch and out of the race.

"I hate it for Wade Day," said Helton. "It was getting a little tight and I got into him and checked up to let him gather it back up, then I got hit from behind and there were three cars involved. Wade was mad at me but there was beating and banging all night. I hate that kind of racing. But James (Buescher) didn't do it intentionally. It is just racing on a short track. It is hot out there and tempers get hot. That is just part of racing."

Buescher was the most upset, disappointed that he got into his own Turner Motorsports teammate, putting him out of the race.

"To hit my own teammate really didn't make me happy at all," said Buescher. "But it happened and you can't go back in time and change it. I just hate it that we got caught up in that wreck. We were so close to being in so many wrecks and then we were in one."

While both drivers didn't finish where they wanted to, both were optimistic about their racing program.

"He (Buescher) had a good car and I had a good car," said Helton. "We would have both had good finishes but we have to get that monkey off our back and get a little luck."

Buescher agreed.

"This Turner Motorsports team really came together a lot tonight," said Buescher. "We have struggled this year and finally had a good night going. I figured we would end up in the top five or top three maybe. Hopefully we can get a win before the season is over."

The next event in the USAR Pro Cup Series Southern Division for Turner Motorsports will be the August 4th event at Hickory Motor Speedway in Hickory, North Carolina.

-credit: tm

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Series Stock car
Drivers James Buescher
Teams Turner Motorsport