New Brunswick CARQUEST 200 Race Report

FREDERICTON, NB - The roller coaster ride that has been Al Turner's 2000 CASCAR Castrol Super Series East season took another upward swing on Sunday afternoon at New Brunswick Int'l Speedway. The Barrie, ON racer captured his third Super Series...

FREDERICTON, NB - The roller coaster ride that has been Al Turner's 2000 CASCAR Castrol Super Series East season took another upward swing on Sunday afternoon at New Brunswick Int'l Speedway. The Barrie, ON racer captured his third Super Series East checkered flag of the season, in the CARQUEST 200. The victory for the Blue Streak Intrepid racer comes on the heels of two major crashes in his previous two outings. Turner started on the outside of the front row for the 200 lap race on the tight, 1/3-mile oval, which is located just outside of Fredericton, NB. Turner dogged polesitter Peter Gibbons for the first 160 laps before diving to the inside as the lead duo entered the third turn on lap 161. Gibbons - the defending CASCAR National champion - gave Turner the bottom lane, conceding that he couldn't hang on to the lead for the remaining 40 laps. At the checkered flag, Turner was over 7.5 seconds ahead of Gibbons, who batted through heavy traffic while holding off last year's Eastern Rookie of the Year, Scott Steckly, to secure second place for the second week in a row in his Canadian Tire Chevy. Steckly's effort earned him his first career podium finish in a CASCAR feature. And for the second time in as many weeks, it was another career best result for the AW Millwright Pontiac driver Steckly, who was fourth a week earlier at Mosport Int'l Speedway. "This car was in terrible shape after the wreck last week at Mosport," said Turner in victory lane. "I'm proud of the team for getting it back in shape and I'm proud of the way we won. When we won those two races at the start of the season, we weren't necessarily the fastest car at the end. Today we were."

Race Notes: Turner, Gibbons and Steckly were the only finishers of the 23 who started the CARQUEST 200 who completed all 200 laps. Heavy attrition early in the event took a toll on the field. Neither of the two Maritime racers who participated in the race fared well, as Shubenacadie, NS driver Scott Fraser suffered carburetor trouble just 19 laps into the race and finished 23rd, while Athoville, NB's Brad Mann came back after a mid-race crash to finish 16th.

Next Race: The CASCAR Castrol Super Series East is back in action on July 2 for the AutoPro 150 at Autodrome Chicoutimi in Chicoutimi, Quebec. It will be CASCAR's first visit to the facility.

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Series NASCAR Canada
Drivers Peter Gibbons , Al Turner , Scott Steckly