Turner Settles For Thirteenth At Kawartha Barrie, Ontario: The ...
Turner Settles For Thirteenth At Kawartha
Barrie, Ontario: The #76 Blue Streak Racing Team and Al Turner had to settle for a disappointing thirteenth place finish on Sunday at the inaugural CASCAR event at Kawartha Speedway located just outside of Peterborough. This event, the fifth on the Castrol Super Series tour was the first time the CASCAR late models have made an appearance at this 3/8 mile banked asphalt oval and it was won by two time Eastern Champion Don Thomson Jr.
Turner who tested his #76 Intrepid's here earlier in the year, was satisfied with his car during the practice session that was interrupted by rain showers. When practice resumed Turner parked his car early and prepared for the qualifying session. Upon the completion of time trials they were posted as tenth quickest and would line up in this position for the start of the Budweiser 150 later in the afternoon.
Turner was applying the patience motto for the first 120 laps while running in seventh place. While attempting to pass the sixth place car on the inside late in the race and even though Turner appeared to have the lane the other car dropped down and the #76 Blue Streak Intrepid was pushed into the infield. Though he remained on the lead lap they were back at the tail end. When Turner crossed the finish line they were awarded the thirteenth position. A disappointed Turner said after the race "We were really hoping to close the gap on Kerry Micks in the points and we ended up only finishing two positions ahead of him. My car just didn't seem to have the right set up under it at the end as it was much better in practice and qualifying but I still felt we could have had a top five today."
Turner and the #76 Blue Streak team unofficially remain in second in the Castrol Super Series point standings, nineteen behind leader Kerry Micks. Podium finishers included 1. Don Thomson Jr. 2. Peter Gibbons 3. Mark Dilley.
The CASCAR teams now move on to one of the prestigious races on their schedule in 2001, the Toronto Molson Indy where they will be featured on Saturday July 14th. Al Turner finished on the podium the first time CASCAR appeared here in 1999 and hopes for a repeat performance in 2001.