Turner led the majority of the 30-lap race, but saw his lead erased by a lap 26 caution. The restart pitted him against defending champion Charlie Sandercock and the two delivered an impressive show. Both drivers ran side-by-side over the last four laps and exchanged the lead four times with three slide jobs over the final two laps. Turner emerged the victor, using the high lane to power to victory.
“It was the most fun I’ve had in a racecar. It felt like a cool video you would watch on the Internet,” Turner said happily. “I thought with a couple of laps to go when I cleared him down the front stretch that I was going to be able to cruise. Then I went in to turn one and two. It got tight and it jumped the cushion a little bit. That’s when Charlie was able to throw the first slide job and take the top.”
The battle made the win that much sweeter, but the best part of the night took place in victory lane when Turner announced to the crowd he and his wife Stephanie are expecting a baby boy this fall.
“It was pretty neat that I got to do it that way,” Turner said of the announcement.
Turner, a native of Picton, Ont., has seen an impressive resurgence as a championship contender in Brighton’s top division. Last year, his team purchased a brand new Bernheisel-built Lazer chassis from Pennsylvania. There were growing pains, but Turner appears to have sorted out any issues. So what’s the secret?
“I haven’t had the car on scales all year, which nobody believes. All I did was send the shocks away to be rebuilt, the same as they were last year. We put them back on the car, set the ride height and moved a couple of bars. I didn’t think it would make that much of a difference. It’s just been good,” Turner said with a laugh, adding he hasn’t bolted a single new tire on the car since the calendar flipped to 2016.
Entering the season, Turner hoped to be a top-five car at Brighton come season’s end, a mark he fell just short of one year ago when he finished seventh. So far this year, he’s well on the way to achieving the mark. After seven races, Turner currently sits second, 35 points behind Sandercock for the division lead.
“We always set our goal as a top-five in points. We’re a lower budget team. We take it serious, but not too serious,” said Turner, who is adamant he races exclusively on the prize money and sponsorship dollars.
“We’ve caught a couple of things lately that I probably would have let go in past years. We caught some stuff in the garage while we were doing maintenance,” Turner added. “Little stuff that we might have missed in years past by not being on top of the car. I think that’s what it’s going to take this year.”
The attention to detail sprinkled with an extra dose of diligence might just be the secret to being in the hunt all year long. Turner will return to action on Saturday, June 25 when the Go Nuclear Late Model Series invades Brighton Speedway. Visit brightonspeedway.ca for complete event information.
WINNERS TO DATE
Vanderlaan Building Products Pro Late Models: 2 – Steve Baldwin (May 21, June 11); 2 – Adam Turner (May 14, June 18); 1 – Phil Potts (April 30); 1 – Charlie Sandercock (May 28); 1 – Tyler Rand (June 4)
Bainer’s OilGARD Canadian Modifieds: 3 – Andrew Hennessy (May 28, June 4, June 18); 1 – Dan Ferguson (April 30); 1 – Doug O’Blenis (May 14); 1 – Curtis King (June 11)
Brighton Automotive Pro Stocks: 3 – Justin Ramsay (April 30, June 4, June 18); 2 – Doug Anderson (May 21, June 11); 1 – Wade Purchase (May 14); 1 – Brandon Murrell (May 28)
Bill’s Johns Comp 4s: 4 – Tyler French (April 30, May 14, May 28, June 4), 1 – Adam Flieler (May 21); 1 – Josh Read (June 11); 1 – Josh French (June 18)
Quinte Septic Super Stingers: 2 – Chris Lammle (May 28, June 11); 1 – Rick Phillips (May 14);
Quinte Septic Junior Stingers: 1 – Chantel Golden (May 14); 1 – Brittany Golden (May 28); 1 – Willy Bolton (June 11)
Southern Ontario Sprints: 2 – Mitch Brown (May 21, June 18)
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Brighton Speedway’s 2016 season is proudly supported by the following corporate sponsors: ABC Taxi, Adecco, AeCON, Bainer’s OilGARD Anti-Rust, Battlefield Equipment Rentals, Bay Marine, Behan Construction, Belleville Boyer Nissan, Belleville Transmission & Auto, Bellevue Fabricating Ltd., Bicknell Racing Products, Bill’s Johns, BJ McColl Fams, Bonn Law, Boyer Chevrolet Napanee, Brighton Automotive, Brighton Recycling, Budweiser, Campbellford Chrysler, Canadian Energy, Canadian National Autism Foundation, CANEX, Classic Hits 95.5, Classic Rock 107.9 The Breeze, Coca-Cola, Comfort Zone Heating & Air Conditioning, The Community Press, Cool 100, CSC Products, Davis Auto Repair, Deerhaven Farm and Garden, Dibbits Excavating, Eastern Overhead Doors, Electro Cables, Excel Tower Service, First Place Trailers, Gerow Propane, Gilmour’s Meat Shop, Gord’s Water, Greig Truck & Trailer, Hellraiser Race Bodies, Hewbrook Incorporated, Hits FM 95.5, Hotch’s Auto Parts, Hoosier Racing Tire, Humber Nurseries, ImageFactor.ca Motorsport Designs, JJ Stewart Motors, John’s Equipment, Jones Automotive, KD Transmission, Kiwanis Club of Trenton, KOA Campground of Brighton, Krown Rust Control Trenton, Lange & Fetter Ford, Larry’s Towing, Leaf Racewear, Leclair Electric, Lester’s Hot Dogs, Lucas Oil, Maestro’s Painting, Mark Heating & Cooling, McDougall Insurance and Financial, Mix 97, Monacoe’s Hair Salon & Day Spa, Monster Energy, Motosports of Trenton, Muskoka Aircraft Refinishing My FM 100.9/93.3, Mystical Distributing, NecksGen Head and Neck Restraint, NOCO Fuels, Owasco RV, Part Source, Peter’s South End Garage, Qunte Mall, Quinte Septic, Rapid Rad, Read’s Accounting, REMAX (Saoirse Graham & Nicole Parks), ROCK 107, Rona Trenton, Sanderson Tire and Automotive, Stewart Electric, Stix & Stones Billiards, Stoneridge Specialty Insurance, Target Fabrication, TAS Communications, The Trentonian, Therapeutic Massage Centre, Towne and Country Liquidation, Turris Communications, UCB Radio Canada, Ultramar CST, Vanderlaan Building Products, Vandermeer Toyota, VanZuylen Tire and Alignment, The Vinyl Solution, Vito’s Restaurant, VP Racing Fuels and Workman’s OK Tire.
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