Turner Rebounds From Flat Tire To Finish Sixth In Mopar 300 Calgary, AB: Al Turner and the ...
Turner Rebounds From Flat Tire To Finish Sixth In Mopar 300
Calgary, AB: Al Turner and the #76 Blue Streak Intrepid Team rebounded from a flat tire before the one hundred lap mark to finish 6th at Race City Motorsport Park on Sunday August 26. The Mopar 300 was event number ten on the twelve race Castrol Super Series 2001 tour which saw Dave Whitlock pull off win number two in a row after taking the checkered flag in the Mac Tools 250 at Cayuga two weeks ago.
Turner usually runs strong at this track and this year would be no different. Friday saw the Intrepid driver time trial sixth quickest thus putting Turner in the second of two one hundred lap qualifying events later in the evening. On lap nine Turner jumped out in front of leader Peter Gibbons to take the front spot a place he would remain for three laps. Turner's strategy was to take the lead to gain the four bonus points awarded to each and every leader of an event. During an attempted pass on second place runner Dave Whitlock the CASCAR officials made what was deemed a questionable call and cited Turner a stop and go penalty. This resulted in the Blue Streak driver going down one lap ultimately finishing one spot out of a qualifying position for Sunday's event. The Mopar 300 would see Turner line up in twenty- ninth at the tail end of the pack. But the team would no be daunted by this as last year in Delaware after a crash in practice Turner set a record while starting in thirty fourth then going on to take the win.
Race City Speedway has been notoriously hard on tires and it appeared that today would be no different. Immediately after the green flag flew following an early caution, two cars, Al Turner and Peter Gibbons experienced flat tires. They were forced to pit to take on new rubber but both lost a lap to the leaders. Turner started his charge back to the front and while there were several cautions he could never get into a position to gain his lap back. At the checkered flag with the Blue Streak Intrepid experiencing severe overheating problems Turner crossed the line in sixth place two laps down to the leaders. Turner was heard saying to his crew that the car was awesome and at times he was noted as the fastest car on the track. A flat tire cost them the opportunity for a top three finish today. However Turner won the coveted Loctite award which turned into a 7500.00 payday bonus.
This award is a posted award for four selected events and it carry's over if no winners. This was event number three and no one had taken home the cash prior to today. Turner was the only eligible driver in this event and he had to finish in the top ten to take the money home.
Unofficially Turner and the #76 Blue Streak Intrepid Team remain in third in the Castrol Super Series point standings heading into event #11 at the Vancouver Indy next weekend - September 1st and 2nd.
Podium finishers and the only cars remaining on the lead lap at the completion of 300 laps included 1. Dave Whitlock 2. Don Thomson Jr. 3. Neil Fair
Turner Motorsports and Blue Streak are pleased to announce that while in Calgary through dealer barbecues and the Castrol Charity Challenge at Schanks Bar on Thursday, Blue Streak raised over $12,000.00 for the Rick Hansen Institute to help in their quest for a cure for spinal cord injury. This was largely due to the efforts of Blue Streaks' Dave Desmarais and his western sales force and the people at Castrol and Schanks. Well done everyone.