CAISTOR CENTRE, Ont. – (May 23, 2018) – After a long and cold off-season, Cory Turner finally got to kickoff his 2018 season at Ohsweken Speedway’s season opening race on Friday night. Turner started the season off in spectacular fashion with a second-place finish in the main event behind the wheel of the KT Tobacco/Silo Wireless No.97 Sprint Car.
The night started with a tough heat race as 18 cars were signed in for competition. Turner was set to do battle with nine cars and had to be aggressive in order to gain enough passing points and earn a top starting spot in the main event.
“The car was good all night,” Turner said. “I took it easy off the start in the heat race because I was worried somebody might wreck, but we ended up going from seventh to fourth which put us in the redraw.”
Following heat race action, Turner went to the redraw, where he pulled the sixth starting spot for the Feature and quickly made a charge forward. Turner made his way up to the third spot before he spun at the top of turn three on lap nine.
“I kept moving up, moving up and I went a little far,” Turner said. “I just entered too high. Usually if you’re in good dirt up there and you get a little sideways, if you stick your foot in the gas. the car will dig and it will pull out, but there was just nothing there and I spun out.”
The spin didn’t affect Turner too seriously, as he was able to race his way back from ninth to third before making a pass to get by Mikey Kruchka late in the race to take the runner-up spot.
“The car was good,” Turner said happily. “It definitely helped that I restarted in front of the cars that were a lap down. We didn’t have to go all the way to the back.”
Overall, Turner was extremely pleased with how his car handled and the speed it carried on opening night. There’s plenty of fine-tuning to be done over the course of the next five months of action, but Turner is certainly excited at the potential shown by his Hill’s Racing Team.
“We’ll try to make some shock adjustments to get through the bumps a little better,” Turner said “I’m hoping the track’s a little bit smoother, but if its not, we’ll be ready for it. On the podium opening night, you have to be happy with that.”
Turner will be back in action at Ohsweken on Friday, May 25. The team is considering several options for a second race on the weekend, but has not yet decided on a schedule. For the most up to date information, follow Cory Turner on Twitter and on Facebook at the links below.
CORY TURNER SEASON STATS
97 Cory Turner – 1 Start: 0 Wins, 1 Top-5s, 1 Top-10s
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