CAISTOR CENTRE, Ont. – April 21, 2017 – After a long off-season, Team Turner Racing is excited to kick off their 2017 racing season with all three TTR Sprint Cars in action at Merrittville Speedway’s Spring Sizzler this Saturday night.
Jamie, Ryan and Cory Turner will all be in attendance on Saturday to challenge for a victory in the season opening race for the Patriot Sprint Tour Canada series. The team had the opportunity to test last weekend at Merrittville and all three drivers are confident entering the first race of the year following their winter work.
“I think we worked extra hard this year,” said Ryan Turner, who will drive the Ace’s Bar & Grill No.91 again in 2017. “We’re a little more prepared than we are normally. We had a couple of issues at practice, but the good thing is we could run practice and get those issues fixed so we could run this weekend’s race.”
All three Turners have an abundance of experience at Merrittville from street stocks and Modifieds to Sportsman and Sprint Cars. Knowing the fast way around the tricky 3/8-mile oval can be a big benefit and should offer an edge to the Turners.
“I have a lot of experience at Merrittville, but in Modifieds,” said Jamie Turner, pilot of the Insta-Panels No.11. “The track hasn’t changed much. I still feel very comfortable there.”
“It’s basically calm and patience,” said Ryan. “You have to know the line. Turn four is a bit different and a lot of people have issues with it.”
A trip to Merrittville means battling the racetrack as much as the competition, but the Turners are comfortable they have the tools to tackle the Thorold, Ont. track.
“Generally this race, or anytime we go to Merrittville, I’m ready for it to get slick,” said Cory Turner, driver of the KT Tobacco No.97. “You try not to tighten the car up too much and make sure you have good forward drive. You want to make smart decisions and try not to overdrive the car.”
“It’s just being really smooth,” echoed Jamie. “The slicker it is, the smoother you have to be. When it gets that slick, it definitely won’t be horsepower. It’s all handling.”
All three Turner team members are focused on getting the most out of their equipment in their season debut. While it won’t change their preparation, they are keenly aware they face some stiff competition from the Patriot Sprint Tour contingent as well as the local field.
“It’s always a little tougher with the Patriot Sprint Tour coming in,” Ryan said. “I think you just kind of know who you’re racing against. You can’t make as many mistakes and you have to be on your game, but I think we still prepare the same way. We’re always trying to do the best we can and have the best car we can every time we hit the track.”
All three Team Turner Racing drivers are looking forward to firing their 700 horsepower engines and regaining their competitive racing spirit. Joining Team Turner Racing and the Patriot Sprint Tour Canada series at Merrittville Speedway’s Spring Sizzler are the DIRTcar 358 Modifieds, DIRTcar Sportsman and TUSA Mod Lites. Race time is 7:00pm on Saturday, April 22. For additional event information, please visit www.merrittvillespeedway.com.
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