@BrightonSpdwy • Picton, ON (May 6, 2015)- Its arrival came more than four months too late to be considered a Christmas present and about 30 days past his 32nd birthday, but Adam Turner doesn’t mind. The second generation racer from Picton, Ontario is thrilled to be climbing behind the wheel of the first new racecar of his career.
After recording a fifth place finish in Brighton Speedway’s Pro Late Model division and ninth in the Go Nuclear Series standings to close the 2014 campaign, the likeable runner faced an uncertain future. With starts in a Street Stock, DIRTcar Sportsman and Small Block Modified, the father of two turned in some strong efforts – including a few main event victories – but his second-hand equipment was taking-up long hours of maintenance time in the shop and at the race track. To run at the front of the pack in a highly competitive field, the team knew they’d have to make some changes to their program.
“From my very first time in a racecar, my goals have always been to spend time with my friends and have fun,” said Adam Turner. “The most fun you can have at the speedway is in the winner’s circle and although we’d won races in the past, I didn’t think we were going to have the same level of success in the equipment we’d been running. After last season, we got together with the team and our sponsors to talk about where we wanted to be and what it would take to get there.”
With the decision made to start the season with a new car, Turner says he and his team starting doing their homework to find the perfect piece that would not only stand up to Brighton Speedway’s weekly wars, but also the rigors of life on the road with the RUSH Late Model Series. The driver with the happy-go-lucky attitude admits that several factors played a role in the selection of his new ride.
“There are a number of different chassis manufacturers to choose from, but after driving one in the past and everything we saw and heard from other drivers and teams, we went back to a Lazer from Bernheisel Race Cars,” said Turner. “We got started a little late, so we had to look at who’d be able to provide the car and let us get it race-ready for opening night. The crew in Jonestown, Pennsylvania was great to work with and helped us meet our goals.”
With one night’s action on the new piece, Turner managed a fourth place finish to kick-off Brighton Speedway’s 2015. The #92 Mark Heating & Cooling/Paul Turner Auto Repair/Village Variety & Gas Bar/The Work Gear/ Rez Boyz Custom Wheels, Tires & Accessories/Billings Automotive/Angie’s Pooper Pumping Septic Service/Lewis Lacrosse/Clarke Motorsports Communications ride met and exceeded all expectations.
“We managed to establish a basic set-up during the test and tune session on a dry, slick track,” said Turner. “Changes we made throughout the opening night of racing gave the team a good idea of how the car would respond and while there’s still a lot to learn, early indications are that it’ll be a great season.”
Prepared by: Jim Clarke, Clarke Motorsports Communications/First Draft Media