Vancouver: First qualifying report

Turner on provisional pole for the Canadian Tire 100 CASCAR race at the Vancouver Indy VANCOUVER, BC - In 2001, Al Turner won the inaugural CASCAR Super Series race at the Vancouver Molson Indy from the pole position. The Barrie, ON racer is ...

Turner on provisional pole for the Canadian Tire 100 CASCAR race at the Vancouver Indy

VANCOUVER, BC - In 2001, Al Turner won the inaugural CASCAR Super Series race at the Vancouver Molson Indy from the pole position. The Barrie, ON racer is hoping that history repeats itself in 2003. Following the first round of qualifying for Saturday afternoon's Canadian Tire 100, Turner holds the provisional pole after lapping the 12-turn Concord Pacific Place street circuit in a time of 1:24.511, which translates into a speed of 122.086 km/h.

Second quickest - as he was in the morning practice session - was Fastline Motorsports Chevy driver Jeff Lapcevich, at 1:24.640 / 121.900 km/h. Apollo Motorsports teammates Kevin Dowler and Trevor Seibert were third and fourth, respectively.

Just who will start on the pole for the Canadian Tire 100 is still very much up in the air. A quick, 15-minute second round of qualifying will take place Saturday morning at 8:30 a.m. Speculation is that the cooler temperatures will translate into quicker lap times. The field for the feature race, which starts at 3:45 p.m. on Saturday, will be determined by the drivers' best times in the two qualifying sessions.

So even though Turner will probably have to improve on his Friday afternoon effort if he's to earn the top starting position for the Canadian Tire 100, he's optimistic that he's starting to hit his stride in the MOPAR-powered Blue Streak Intrepid.

"We battled transmission trouble in Toronto and had clutch trouble this morning [in practice] but Dave [Whitlock] and the guys are working hard to put a good piece under me, and I think that's evident now," said Turner. "In qualifying, we put four new tires on the car and got one good lap in before the session was red-flagged. I don't think that time will hold up in the morning because typically, it's cooler then, which should make for faster times. We're going to have to come back in the morning and see what we can do about keeping the Blue Streak car out front."

Just 15 minutes into the 30-minute qualifying period, Jim Lapcevich crashed heavily, dislodging a concrete barrier. The Hamilton, ON racer emerged unhurt from the wreck, but the incident ended the session. Ron Beauchamp Jr. posted the ninth-fastest lap of the afternoon session after he and his MOPAR Parts Intrepid team thrashed all afternoon to repair the front end of their car, which was damaged during the morning practice.

CASCAR NOTEBOOK: On Tuesday, July 22, CASCAR Super Series veteran Mark Dilley and his wife Taunja became parents for the second time. Faith Taylor Dilley weighed in at six pounds, 14 ounces and is currently at home, in Barrie, Ontario with her mom and her older sister Bryden. Mark will 'meet' Faith Taylor as soon as he can get home after participating in Saturday afternoon's Canadian Tire 100, in Vancouver... For the second year in a row, the CASCAR Super Series drivers and teams played host to the kids from the Children's Wish Foundation and Canuck Place. The youngsters ate in the CASCAR paddock, got a tour of the CASCAR stock cars, and were 'paired' with drivers for the afternoon qualifying session. Several CASCAR racers took to the track with the names of their 'co-pilots' over the windows. This event is turning into an annual highlight of CASCAR's appearance at the Vancouver Indy, as it's a thrill for all of the kids and for everyone associated with CASCAR.

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Series NASCAR Canada
Drivers Kevin Dowler , Al Turner , Jim Lapcevich , Jeff Lapcevich , Trevor Seibert