Bobby Sak carries the Turner banner starting seventh. Alton, VaÂ October 26, 2002Â Call it 'best laid plans,' but the Series' plan for Shootout qualifying left many of the top 10 drivers with a grid position they had not bargained for. The...
Bobby Sak carries the Turner banner starting seventh.
Alton, Va October 26, 2002 Call it 'best laid plans,' but the Series' plan for Shootout qualifying left many of the top 10 drivers with a grid position they had not bargained for. The plan was to run qualifying as usual and then let the top 10 drivers vie for grid positions by running a single lap on the clock. While that seemed like a good idea on paper, they hadn't planned on the second car out doing a rollover resulting in the session being black flagged.
With the shootout now a bust, Bobby Sak in the #93 Turner Motorsport /H&R Springs BMW 325i found himself sitting in seventh starting spot for Sunday's race.
"It's a good spot," noted Bobby, "but under the original qualifying format the only goal was make the top 10. We didn't approach qualifying as usual because we knew we'd be doing the single hot lap later. So, we're a little disappointed from that standpoint. But my car is real good. If the track stays clean I think I can jump out early and get away from the mid-pack fiascos that these races tend to generate."
Will Turner managed to squeeze the #92 Turner Motorsports /H&R, Springs /Trenton Forging BMW 325i into the tenth spot and was the only car to actually attempt the ill-fated single lap shootout.
"Like Bobby said, we had a different strategy in qualifying than we normally use," Will said. "I had an off due to some mud on the track and when I got back on I didn't want to push it. I managed to get a lap in that put me 10th and into the shootout. But with that option now off the table, I'll have to make it work from 10th."
Turner, the only car to actually attempt the single lap run before Kleinubing rolled his car, turned a 2:11.255.
Frank Selldorff, in the #94 Turner Motorsport /H&R Springs BMW 325i also experienced an off-track excursion during qualifying. Fortunately, there was little damage to the car and Frank will start 22nd on the grid.
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Turner Motorsport and the SPEED World Challenge Touring Car Championship are in Virginia at the historic Virginia International Raceway. The event runs October 25 27 and will air on SPEED Channel, Saturday, November 9th.
The SPEED World Challenge Touring Car Championship provides competition between various makes of cars on the same track at the same time. It is becoming a regular occurrence to see more than 60 cars entered at World Challenge Touring Car events. To find out more about this hotly contested series visit http://www.world-challenge.com.
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