Turner Motorsports Unveils Two-Car Pro Cup Team ASA and SAS Champion paired up for '07 CONCORD, N.C. - When it comes to a level of professionalism in racing, names like Roush, Hendrick, Gibbs and Ganassi ring true in the minds of race fans. You...
Turner Motorsports Unveils Two-Car Pro Cup Team
ASA and SAS Champion paired up for '07
CONCORD, N.C. - When it comes to a level of professionalism in racing, names like Roush, Hendrick, Gibbs and Ganassi ring true in the minds of race fans. You can think of those teams and instantly picture some of the biggest, best run and most diverse racing teams in the country. While those operations thrive in the upper echelons of the NASCAR community, Turner Motorsports is poised to set the bar at the same height in the short track racing community.
Turner Motorsports, along with team owners Steve and Sandra Turner, will debut a fleet of four race teams in 2007 that will participate all over the Eastern half of the United States. The team will include two USAR Hooters Pro Cup teams, one ASA Late Model South Series team and an independent Super Late Model team.
The biggest jump for Turner Motorsports will be into the USAR Hooters Pro Cup realm. After spending the last several years in the ASA and Super Late Model worlds, the move to the Pro Cup Series will be a major stepping stone for the team. Turner Motorsports will field not one, but two cars that will compete in the entire Southern Division and "Four Champions" Championship Series.
The cars will be fielded by defending ASA Late Model South Series Champion James Buescher and Super Late Model veteran Gary Helton.
"Moving up to the ASA Late Models from Legends cars last year was a big jump for me, so to now move up to the Pro Cup cars is even a bigger step," said Buescher. "We are all going to have to learn a lot together as a team and as drivers. I got some experience being in the full-sized ASA car last year which helped, so I'm hoping this won't quite be the jump that it was from the Legends car to the ASA car."
The tandem of Buescher and Helton will be a very unusual pairing. Helton, a veteran of Super Late Models, the Southern All Star Series and the NASCAR Southeast Series, is 46 years old. Buescher is 16 and will turn 17 in late March.
"It will be a big help having Gary around," said Buescher. "He knows so much more than I do about racing. He is going to be able to help us out a lot, and hopefully, I'll be able to help him too."
Helton has a little bit of experience in a Pro Cup car. In 2006, he practiced in his friend Jeff Fultz's car during an open practice session at Myrtle Beach Speedway.
"We drove the car and tested there at Myrtle Beach and we were pretty fast then," said Helton, a former Southern All Star Series Champion. "The cars are a lot different than what I'm used to, so it's going to take some time to adjust over the straight rail style of car I'm used to. I think slowing down to go faster will be the biggest challenge for me to get used to.
"(Director of Competition) Danny Gill is going to be helping us. We've got a good motor program. I think we can just go out there and be competitive. That is what I really want. I just want to be a competitive car and fight for wins, top-fives and top-10s every week."
The USAR Hooters Pro Cup Series schedule kicks off at USA International Speedway in Lakeland, Fla., on March 10.