“it got a little hairy there at times,” Turner said in Victory Lane, “ but if you’re going to win Sprint Car races, you better be good in lapped traffic. This car was absolutely phenomenal and these guys just thrashed today to get this thing together. It was just a rocket. I can’t thank Pam, Miles and Alex Hill enough for letting me run their stuff and (the crew) was just phenomenal today. We’re going to have a big party tonight!”
Cory Turner started on the front row with his father, who made the redraw after beating Cory in the first heat race of the night and also won the DockRUs.ca Dash for Cash. Cory jumped to the early advantage, but the caution flag waved before the second lap was complete when Mike Ferrell spun his No.15 in turn two.
On the ensuing restart, seventh-starting Chris Jones of Picton, Ont. made a run forward and moved into third behind Brantford, Ont. driver Mitch Brown by lap five. Cory Turner raced away from the Brown and Jones in clean air with a half straightaway advantage on the one-third mile oval, but encountered lapped traffic on lap eight. Turner was saved from having to move through the slower cars just as Brown had caught the race leader before the caution flag waved on lap 10 as defending series champion Dylan Westbrook spun in turn four.
Brown offered his best on the restart, but remained second ahead of Jones, Jake Brown and Jamie Turner. By lap 17, the top three remained the same with Cory working into traffic again, this time maintaining his lead as he worked through the slower cars.
With five laps to go, two lapped cars separated Cory Turner from Mitch Brown and the race seemed in hand for the driver of the No.97. Then, with 23 laps complete, Cory tried to slide between two slower cars in turns one and two, moving up just in front of Ferrell’s No.15. Slight contact between the front bumper of Ferrell and the tail tank of the No.97 pitched Ferrell sideways and caused contact with Mike Thorne’s No.55. Thorne came to rest on an infield tractor tire, ending his night.
The third and final yellow flag set up a green-white-checkered finish. In clean air, Cory Turner wouldn’t be denied the victory as he drove to the win over Mitch Brown and 2014 series champion Chris Jones.
“We were just second best tonight, plain and simple,” Mitch Brown relayed in Victory Lane. “Good job to Cory. They ran a good race.”
“The bottom was the place to be tonight,” said Chris Jones following the race. “We just put this car back together. It was the car we ran last year and I thought we ran better with it so we put it back together and had a decent run.”
Jake Brown claimed fourth while 13th starting Ryan Turner finished fifth to claim the night’s hard charger. Shawn Sliter, Dylan Westbrook, Tyler Hendricks, Holly Porter and Jamie Turner rounded out the top-10.
The Southern Ontario Sprints continue their 2018 season when they return to Brighton Speedway for Round 3 on Saturday, July 28. Race time is 7:00pm. For additional event information, visit www.brightonspeedway.com.
2018 SEASON FEATURE WINNERS
Dylan Westbrook – 1 (Brighton Speedway – June 16)
Cory Turner – 1 (Brighton Speedway – July 7)
Brighton Speedway, Brighton, Ont. – Saturday, July 28, 2018
About the Southern Ontario Sprints: Founded in 1996, the Southern Ontario Sprints series is a traveling winged 360 Sprint Car tour based in Ontario, Canada. 2018 marks the 23rd year of operation for the Southern Ontario Sprints tour. The 2018 schedule consists of 12 events at four different race tracks in Ontario; each SOS tour event pays a minimum of $1,200-to-win and $240-to-start. Visit www.SouthernOntarioSprints.ca for more information.
The Southern Ontario Sprints would like to thank their 2018 partners, including Brighton Speedway, Merrittville Speedway, Ohsweken Speedway, South Buxton Raceway, the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame and Museum, www.ImageFactor.ca, and Kreitz Oval Track Parts.