Monday August 7, 2000: Fellow Barrie racer John Gaunt took on the job of piloting the ...
Monday August 7, 2000: Fellow Barrie racer John Gaunt took on the job of piloting the #76 Blue Streak Intrepid this weekend for Al Turner. Turner along with his wife Jill is still at the side of their son James, who remains in the Hospital for Sick Children. Gaunt who piloted Dodge race cars for many years before being forced into early retirement due to lack of sponsorship finished in fifth place in the Autopro 200 in St. Eustache on Sunday.
During the practice sessions Gaunt who has not driven in the CASCAR Super Series for two years continued to post faster and faster times. By the end of the practice session he was posting times in the top seven. Gaunt did not time trial as well as he had hoped but posted the eighteenth fastest time. He then went out and finished a strong second behind winner Al Long in the qualifying heat race.
Gaunt lined up the Blue Streak Intrepid in fifteenth for the start of the Autopro 200 on Sunday afternoon. He cautiously moved up through the field getting more comfortable as he put more laps on the board. By lap 70 Gaunt was in ninth and setting his sights on the eighth place car. While attempting the pass he was nudged by the other car and Gaunt spun around doing a 360 in turn one. Luckily for him he did not hit anything and was quickly able to return to the track and not lose a lap. This meant the Blue Streak Intrepid would be making the trek from the back of the field again. By lap 130 Gaunt was back in the top ten and was again steadily picking off cars in front of him. With late race incidents and some racing luck on their side the #76 Blue Streak Intrepid driven by Gaunt crossed the finish line in 5th.
A happy John Gaunt said after the race “I am so pleased for this team that we were able to do well today as they have been through so much lately. I kept telling them all day what a great car they had given me to drive. I also have to thank Al Turner for confidently putting me in his car and Rick Decher for the support he has shown me.”
Al and Jill Turner would also sincerely like to thank everyone from their CASCAR family for the thoughts, prayers and best wishes they have received. It has meant a great deal to their entire family.
The next event on the agenda for the #76 Blue Streak Racing Team is the UAP Napa 250 km National Event at Mosport International Raceway – Road Course August 25-27.