Sunday July 23, 2000: Barrie's Al Turner in the ...
Sunday July 23, 2000: Barrie's Al Turner in the #76 Blue Streak Intrepid went into the first National Event on the 2000 CASCAR Tour confident in his teams abilities to put a top finish on the board to keep them among the front runners in the hunt for the National Championship but circumstances saw them have to settle for an 18th place finish.
Turner and his Intrepid team set fourth fastest time in Friday's qualifying session where the two quickest teams were locked into starting on the front row for Sunday's Bumper to Bumper Classic 250. Turner was again strong on Saturday and finished his twenty five-minute qualifier in 4th place, which effectively lined them up 7th in the main event on Sunday.
This race is notorious for being hard on drivers and cars alike so the strategy was to run consistent laps and save the car for a late race charge. This strategy worked well for Turner when he won the inaugural race at this track several years ago. The Blue Streak Intrepid was running in 4th and getting ready to pit for tires and fuel when a defective gas pick up in the fuel cell caused them to lose power and coast into the pits with the car acting like it was out of gas.
Turner returned to the track two laps down but still with a strong car. He continued to run consistent times with the leaders but was being scored in the fifteenth position. On lap fifty-three, a rookie in the CASCAR Super Series lost control of his car right in front of Turner. While it appeared he momentarily regained control it was short-lived and he again turned sideways on the track. Turner had nowhere to go and clipped him on the driver's door resulting in damage to the front end of the Blue Streak Intrepid. After repairing the bodywork Turner again returned to the track to finish in the 18th position.
While being very disappointed with the outcome Turner remains in 5th place in the National Super Series Point Standings heading into Calgary, a race he sat on the pole and finished second in last year.
1st. #35 Kevin Dowler in the Ford Quality Care Taurus, 2nd. Carl Harr in the #2 Goodwrench Montel Carlo 3rd. #60 Ron Beauchamp in the Mopar Parts Intrepid
The #76 Blue Streak Intrepid team have shows planned all week between these two events, starting with an appearance at the Bumper to Bumper store in Red Deer on Tuesday and various other custom locations in the Calgary area for the remainder of the week.
Blue Streak, Mopar, Race City Speedway, Thunderhead Racing, Castrol and Schanks are hosting a Mopar 500 Days of Thunder Charity Event on Thursday July 26 at Schanks on McLeod Trail in Calgary starting at 6 p.m. then it is on to the Mopar 500 Race Weekend at Race City Speedway in Calgary.