Barrie, ON: Al Turner and the ...
Barrie, ON: Al Turner and the #76 Blue Streak Intrepid Team went into the event at Delaware on Sunday with hopes of overtaking second place runner Kerry Micks in the overall CASCAR championship points battle but while they closed the gap, they were unable to take the spot. Ironically Turner and Micks suffered the same fate with rear end gear failure and both spent several laps in the pits making repairs and while Turner finished ahead of Micks it was not enough to overtake him for second.
Turner took his Blue Streak Intrepid around the race track in 19.639 seconds, good enough for fourth quickest overall during Friday's time trials. Dave Whitlock in the #98 Motorcraft Ford Taurus was the quickest with a 19.478 but still did not beat the track record set in May 2000 by Dave Jacombs with a 19.353. Later Friday night, Turner lined up the #76 Intrepid on the front row in the second one hundred lap qualifying race and finished in third after an extended battle with the #4 of Don Thomson Jr.
Sunday's Castrol Super Series final event the Great Canadian 300 was held under beautiful sunny skies and a packed house. Don Thomson Jr. had a substantial points lead going into the event, but the battle for second and third was very close with Micks holding a fourteen point cushion. Turner's hopes took a dive early when the green flag flew after a caution and the Intrepid driver had a flat tire. Turner returned to the track with new rubber but was two laps down to the leader. The Blue Streak Team were able to make back one of those laps around the mid point of the race and at the 200 lap mark were one lap down and running in 12th position. While attempting to regain the other lap the rear end started to smoke and within a couple of laps they were behind the wall making repairs. Turner said after the race "Twenty third is not where we had hoped to finish today. This Blue Streak Intrepid was quick and I think we had a car that was capable of a top five today. The opportunity was there for us to pick up second in the points as Kerry broke before we did but we still had a great season with two wins and third in National points." Turner also re-iterated "I cannot thank all of our sponsors enough for their part in this great season. Blue Streak continue to support us 100% and we look forward to 2002 with everyone returning."
Podium finishers 1. Peter Gibbons #1 Canadian Tire Chevrolet 2. D.J. Kennington #17 Castrol Intrepid 3. Scott Steckly #22 Erb/AW Pontiac Congratulations to Don Thomson Jr. in the Home Hardware Chevrolet on his first National Championship.