Turner takes podium finish at Race City Speedway in Calgary. Calgary, AB: Barrie Ontario's Al Turner in the ...
Turner takes podium finish at Race City Speedway in Calgary.
Calgary, AB: Barrie Ontario's Al Turner in the #76 Blue Streak Racing Intrepid finished up a great week of shows and fundraising events with a 3rd place podium finish on Sunday at Race City Speedway in Calgary. The Mopar 500 Race Weekend was exciting as both Friday nights 100 lap qualifying races and Sunday's Mopar 300 had the fans in the stands on their feet cheering when the checkered flags fell as the racing action was fast and furious right to the end.
Turner and the #76 crew started their week early as they attended Blue Streak customer barbecues in both Red Deer and Calgary starting on Tuesday and winding up with ever successful Schanks/Blue Streak/Castrol Charity Challenge on Thursday night. While the final tally is still being determined, it is estimated that almost $20,000.00 was raised this week for the Rick Hansen Man in Motion Foundation. A huge thank you goes out to Dave Desmarais of Blue Streak and his dedicated Western sales staff.
Friday's 100 lap qualifier saw Turner line up sixth. A race long battle with the #39 of Dave Whitlock saw these two competitors cross the finish line sideways in a battle for the 3rd and 4th spots. There wasn't a single fan left in the seats as they stood and cheered the two cars as they come out of turn four on the final lap. The Blue Streak Intrepid driver missed the podium by one position but did finish 4th. "That was fun and I enjoyed the battle Dave and I had out there," commented Turner after the race. "It's also great for the fans as they got to see a great finish and hopefully they will all come back on Sunday for the 300 to see some more great racing," he added.
Turner lined up eighth on the grid for the start of the Mopar 300 today and while the sun was out it was definitely cooler than when the cars qualified on Friday. This caused difficulty for some of the teams and while Turner had a decent car, timing would prove to be the savior of the day for the Blue Streak Team. Timing of cautions and two awesome pit stops would see them move into seventh place on lap 185. After another caution he took over third on lap 192 and he would never relinquish it over the final 100 laps. At the checkered flag there was so much racing action going on that the fans didn't know where to look. #25 Jim Lapcevich and the #02 of Kerry Micks were trading paint for first and second, while Turner, #1 Gibbons and #0 Rookie Joe Plazek waged a battle of their own for third, fourth and fifth. The sixth and seventh place positions were being fought over by teammates Dave Whitlock and Mark Dilley. A happy Turner said after the race "I like this track a lot and we usually have a fast car here. Today we were off somewhat but the timing of the cautions and the two great pit stops by my team were what gave us the podium."
Podium finishers: 1. #25 Jim Lapcevich 2. #02 Kerry Micks 3. #76 Al Turner 4. #1 Peter Gibbons 5. #0 Joe Plazek
Turner and the #76 Blue Streak Racing Team now move on to event #9 as the defending champions at the Molson Indy Vancouver next weekend. Friday July 26th is practice and first round qualifying and CASCAR Saturday, July 27th will be round two qualifying in the morning with the 100 km race taking place later in the day at 3 p.m.