CAISTOR CENTRE, Ont. – July 18, 2017 – Team Turner Racing had a busy weekend of 360 Sprint Car racing with all three cars in action and two drivers pulling off a tripleheader. At the end of the weekend, the team accomplished four top-10 finishes in seven collective starts.
Jamie, Ryan and Cory were all in action at Ohsweken Speedway on Friday, July 14 for weekly Friday Night Excitement. After a Heat Race win, Cory turned in a ninth-place finish in the Feature aboard his KT Tobacco/Silo Wireless No.97.
“We were really good in the Heat Race. We started on the pole and won easily,” Cory said. “I think we just tightened the car up way too much for the Feature.”
Ryan and Jamie were both breaking in new cars on Friday. While neither driver was able to finish in the top-10, both were happy with how they improved the car throughout the night.
“The car felt good, although the results didn’t’ show it, I felt like it was underneath me,” Ryan said of his Ace’s Bar and Grill No.91. “In the Feature we bounced the on the heavy cushion and the right-rear bar went dead.”
“We put a fresh car together this week,” Jamie said of new Charlie Bee Honey No.11. “Our results didn’t show it, but I was pretty happy with how it went so I’m looking forward to next week. I think it’s promising. With the way the weather’s gone, I think this will suit us better for the track’s we have right now.”
On Saturday, Ryan and Cory took their cars to battle the Patriot Sprint Tour at Brockville Ontario Speedway. Both drivers had strong nights. Ryan raced to second-place finish in the Heat Race, one spot ahead of Cory.
Come Feature time, Cory was able to drive from seventh up to a fourth-place finish while Ryan was earned a solid sixth-place result against a talented field of drivers.
“We were fast all night at Brockville,” Ryan said. “The crew prepared a great car that was a blast to drive. We just tightened it up a little too much for the Feature, but still had a good run.”
“We drove from seventh to fourth and were all over Steve Poirier late in the race for third,” Cory said. “I’m not saying we would have won, but we definitely would have been on the podium if we had drawn better.”
After a top-five and top-10 finish collectively at Brockville, Team Turner continued east to Cornwall Motor Speedway for the final race of the Patriot Canada Tour. Cory had another strong run with a third-place finish in his heat and ended up with a fifth-place result in the main event.
“At Cornwall, mid-race we got in some lapped traffic and the leaders were coming back to me,” Cory explained. “Then we had a caution with about 10 laps to go and I don’t know if my bleeders bled down too far or my tires sealed up, but I just didn’t get going again after that start.”
For Ryan, the night started with a fifth-place effort in his Heat Race. He lined up in the middle of the field for the 30-lap Feature and was challenged with racing his way forward.
“We felt great in Hot Laps at Cornwall, but struggled in the Heat Race,” Ryan said. “I couldn’t run the middle like we needed in order to advance positions and get ourselves in the redraw. In the Feature, the crew made the car better and we were advancing until I got off the top going too hard.”
While Ryan came home with a 15th-place finish at Cornwall that wasn’t necessarily indicative of his run, he was happy to gain the seat time. It was also extra exposure for the team’s marketing partners.
“This weekend was challenging with a different car on unfamiliar tracks. We didn’t know how the car would react with certain changes and how the track would change throughout the night,” Ryan said. “We are lucky to amazing marketing partners, fans and a great crew. The had the cars ready to rip each time we hit the track.”
As much as the team enjoyed their weekend, the weekend was a bit of a grind with three races in three nights at three tracks that spanned most of the province. Both drivers learned plenty from the extra time in the car and with different scenarios than at their home track.
“The racing does help. You’re not learning anything by sitting at home Saturday and Sunday,” Cory said. “It’s not Ohsweken, but it’s still dirt in a circle. You’re still learning things about your car and it all helps. It makes you sharper in the car and you feel better in your car.”
Team Turner Racing will now spend the week to refocus for three big nights of racing at Ohsweken. Friday, July 21 is Christmas in July and autograph night. The Turner contingent will have hero cards for fans during the on track autograph session.
Then, Monday, July 24 the team battles some of the best 360 Sprint Car drivers in the Northeast as well as Rico Abreu and Kyle Larson at the Northern Summer Nationals. On Tuesday, July 25 Turner will take on the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series. For any additional event information, please visit www.ohswekenspeedway.com.
11 Jamie Turner – 9 Starts: 0 Wins, 0 Top-5s, 1 Top-10s
91 Ryan Turner – 13 Starts: 0 Wins, 1 Top-5s, 6 Top-10s
97 Cory Turner – 15 Starts: 0 Wins, 8 Top-5s, 13 Top-10s
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