Turner finishes nineteenth in CASCAR season opener. Barrie, Ontario: Al Turner in the ...
Turner finishes nineteenth in CASCAR season opener.
Barrie, Ontario: Al Turner in the #76 Blue Streak Intrepid started off the year with a 19th place finish in the Mopar Parts 250, CASCAR's season opener at Delaware Speedway on Sunday. Turner has had some success at the Delaware half-mile oval with two wins in 2000 in both the season opener and the Carquest 300 final event that year.
The #76 Intrepid driver came off the line third in Saturday's time trials and found the track extremely slick, resulting in the twenty-fourth fastest time of the session. Turner then went on to win the final qualifier event giving him the 21st starting position for Sunday's Mopar 250.
Cold temperatures and cloudy skies were the order of the weekend, but the fans came out to support their favourite drivers for the season opener. Thirty-eight cars took the green flag before another good Delaware crowd. Turner was pleased with his CASCAR Intrepid race car and the plan was to take it easy and save the car for a run to the front later in the race. The caution flew on lap one hundred and fifteen and the Blue Streak Intrepid came to pit road for tires and fuel. Just after the half way mark two cars got together in front of Turner and while he got stopped the car behind him didn't and the #76 Intrepid was turned around. Turner was attempting to get back on the track when the race car got stuck in the mud and he was forced to wait for a tow truck to pull him out. Unfortunately a bad call by the track officials saw the tow truck operators go to the two cars that were stuck together and down laps to pry them apart prior to pulling Turner out of the mud. This cost the Intrepid driver four laps. A disappointed Turner said after the race "We had a really good car today. Our qualifying was off yesterday but today this Blue Streak Intrepid was great. We had just made our pit stop and were getting set to start making a run to the front when we got pushed off the track."
Podium finishers: 1. #9 Robbie Thompson, Team Logel Intrepid, 2. #99 Peter Vanderwyst, Exide Pontiac 3. #64 Mark Dilley, NTN Taurus
Notes: The Blue Streak Racing Team find themselves in 19th in the National Point Standings heading to Peterborough on Saturday May 25th for a return to the track where Turner posted one of his two wins in 2001. Turner will be at Sidey Auto Supply, 774 Rye Street in Peterborough on Friday May 24th from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. signing autographs with his #76 Blue Streak Intrepid.