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Report: Ferrari F1's Sebastian Vettel weighing $138.5 million extension


Source: Report: Ferrari F1's Sebastian Vettel weighing $138.5 million extension
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Toro Rosso's Carlos Sainz Jr. denies F1 midseason move to Renault is in the works


Source: Toro Rosso's Carlos Sainz Jr. denies F1 midseason move to Renault is in the works
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Nationwide Series / Reed to Honor Kulwicki at Darlington
« Last post by CanadianRacingOnline on August 23, 2017, 01:01:38 AM »
Reed to Honor Kulwicki at Darlington

Roush Fenway Racing Xfinity Series driver Ryan Reed will honor the memory and legacy of NASCAR champion Alan Kulwicki next month at Darlington Raceway.
Source: Reed to Honor Kulwicki at Darlington
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Dirtcar Racing / Richards Scores Impressive Eighth-Place Finish
« Last post by CanadianRacingOnline on August 22, 2017, 07:26:47 PM »
Richards Scores Impressive Eighth-Place Finish
In Wild Caution-Filled Race at Batesville 
 
ST MARYS, Ohio (Aug. 22, 2017) – Josh Richards scored an impressive eighth-place finish after two flat tires sent him pit side in the wild, caution-filled, Topless 100 at Batesville (Ark.) Motor Speedway on Sunday.
 
The two-night show, at the three-eights-mile Arkansas track, began Friday with qualifying and heat races. The Best Performance Motorsports driver started the evening by turning the fourth fastest qualifying lap in Group A. Richards’ time trial effort lined him up on the outside-pole for Heat Race 2. At the drop of the green flag, Richards remained in second until taking over the lead on Lap 9 of the 15-lap event. His heat race win guaranteed him the third starting spot for Saturday’s scheduled Topless 100.


Heavy rain showers Saturday evening, forced race officials to postpone the start of the 100-lap finale to Sunday afternoon.
 
Starting in third for the Feature, Richards maintained his positon after the drop green flag. The field quickly spread out single-file, with no passing among the frontrunners. Richards began to encounter lapped traffic on Lap 15 while continuing to run in third. The first of 13 caution flags flew on Lap 24 for multiple cars with flat tires, proving to be the theme for the remainder of the event. With the track rubbered and only one lane of racing, officials decided to enforce single-file restarts for the entirety of the event. Restarting in third, Richards closed in on the back bumper of the second-place car and tried to complete the pass, but was unable to do so on the one-lane track. Continuing on in third, the caution flag flew on Lap 42 and 43 for more tire failures. Taking advantage of the ensuing restart, Richards was able to take over the second spot on Lap 44. He remained in second until a flat-tire caused him to pit under caution on Lap 65. Restarting at the tail-end of the field in 23rd, the West Virginia native methodically began to make his way back toward the front. He was scored in 19th on Lap 76 and up to 10th on Lap 88. Caution flags flew the next two laps and on Lap 89, the 29-year-old driver again came to the pits with a flat tire. Restarting in the back, a multi-car pileup in front of Richards on Lap 90 sent him careening off the track as he tried to evade the melee. Though he flew off the track, he avoided any substantial damage and restarted in the 14th spot. With 10-laps remaining, Richards gave it his all as he muscled his way back inside the top-10 to finish eighth in the wild 100-lap finale.


Richards remains first in the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series point standings after racing at Batesville Motor Speedway.
 
The Best Performance Motorsports team is scheduled to return to action Saturday, Aug. 26 at Lawrenceburg (Ind.) Speedway.
 
Friday Race Results
Qualifying – 4th          Heat Race – 1st   
 
Sunday Race Results
Feature Start -3rd       Feature Finish – 8th   
 
JOSH RICHARDS QUOTE: “What a wild weekend. I felt like our Best Performance Motorsports car was pretty good. We were decent on Friday during qualifying and the heat race. We made some changes for Sunday and the car felt good. I knew tires were going to be an issue from the beginning and I was just trying to ride it out and be as easy as I could on my tires. I saw everyone start pitting for flats and I knew it was only a matter of time before I had to come in for a new tire. After our first flat we were able to get up through the field pretty good, but that second flat came so late in the race it was hard to make up much ground. All things considered, I’ll take an eighth-place finish. We’ll regroup this week and be ready to go get them Saturday at Lawrenceburg (Speedway).”


For media inquires please contact Andrea Richards at 704-575-2296 or via e-mail at andrea@bestperformancemotorsports.com.


The No. 1 Rocket XR1 carries support from: Valvoline, Keyser Manufacturing, Integra, Alexander Lawn & Landscape, Sunoco Race Fuels, and Corey Frazier-State Farm Insurance.
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Tyler Hawn Outlasts Competition For Top-Five in Gold Rush 100 at Flamboro
 
ORO STATION, Ont. – August 22, 2017 – Tyler Hawn showed plenty of speed, but had to persevere through a challenging night and was rewarded with top-five finish in the Gold Rush 100 at Flamboro Speedway on Monday night. Hawn’s fifth-place finish was his 10th top-five finish in Outlaw Super Late Model competition this season.
 
Hawn started the night with a seventh-place qualifying effort to put him among the front half of the 21-car field for the event. That was an impressive achievement in itself with a number of high-level and top-dollar team in attendance.
 
“It does feel really, really good,” Hawn said of his fifth-place finish. “Even qualifying seventh (feels good) when you look at the board and the cars around us. You really have to step back and think about where we’ve come from. We’re getting better. We’re still having a lot of fun.”
 
Hawn battled inside the top-10 all night long. He battled at the front throughout most of the race, but contact in turn four during a battle for position with Gary Passer’s No.52 hindered his effort the rest of the night.
 
“I don’t really know what happened,” Hawn said. “The 52 car, his right-front brake was on fire. I don’t know if he came out of the corner and something locked up on him, but he just hit me in the front tire and I almost hit the wall head on. I’m happy everyone behind us had their eyes open because that could have been a bad one.”
 
Despite the issue, Hawn was able to continue along without any major damage, but the car’s maneuverability was not as strong as it was earlier in the race.
 
“It definitely knocked the tow out,” Hawn said. “On a little bit of a longer run, the car started to get a push. It’s just hard with the longer runs when you get sweat in your eyes and everything else. We just had fun.”
 
Later in the race, Hawn tried to work around a lapped car, but got tangled up with him and Derrick Tiemersma when the slower can failed to hold a line. Fortunately, Hawn spun to the infield and did not suffer any major damage.
 
“That was unexpected,” Hawn said. “I came out of the corner expecting him to come low an he didn’t come low. It happens. I’ve been there and it’s hard. He just didn’t see me. If the outcome was different, I’d be a little more angry.”
 
The rest of the field suffered plenty of attrition in the latter half of the 100-lap race. Hawn’s smart strategy and ability to pace himself on a very hot afternoon allowed him to stay on track and claim the fifth-place finish.
 
“It was definitely a hot one. Being a husky guy, it’s a little harder on me,” Hawn explained. “My dad brought me to always try to keep calm and feel everything out. You can’t think of it as 100 laps. You have to think of it as 25-25-25-25. That way, it doesn’t seem so long. You have to make sure you have some water in there for you and try to have a vent to get some air going. It all helps.”
 
While Tyler’s father, Don Hawn, could not be in attendance to witness the strong run, Tyler knows he would be proud of the effort.
 
“It feels really, really good,” said an emotional Hawn. “I really wish my dad was here to see it. He’s proud. He’s always been proud of us and we’ll just keep moving this on with him.”
 
Due to personal reasons, Hawn will not be in attendance at Jukasa Motor Speedway this weekend. He will return to Super Late Model action with OSCAAR at a later date.
 
TYLER HAWN SEASON STATS
Super Late Model – 12 Starts: 0 Wins, 10 Top-5s, 12 Top-10s
Hot Rod - 4 Starts: 2 Wins, 4 Top-5s, 4 Top-10s
 
TYLER HAWN MEDIA LINKS
Facebook at facebook.com/HawnMotorsports
Twitter: @Hawn42 and @HawnRacing

HAWN MOTORSPORTS MARKETING PARTNERS
Tyler Hawn is proud to partner with several dedicated marketing partners for the 2017 race season, including Fox’s Bakery and Deli, TSS Top Shops, and Watson’s Garage
 
 
About Clayton Johns Media: Clayton Johns Media provides smart motorsports media solutions through affordable public relations services, including professional press releases, social media management and training, and website maintenance. Whether you’re a grassroots team racing at your local track or a professional team travelling with a national tour, Clayton Johns Media can build a package tailored to your needs. Visit us online at claytonjohnsmedia.com,
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Andrew Gresel Scores $5,000 Payday with Gold Rush 100 Victory
 
RIGHT: Andrew Gresel races down the front straightaway during the Gold Rush 100 for Outlaw Super Late Models at Flamboro Speedway on Monday, August 21. (Photo by Derek Smith). 
 
 
 
 
SAUBLE BEACH, Ont. – August 22, 2017 – Andrew Gresel led 80 laps and dominated the back half of the second-annual Outlaw Super Late Model Gold Rush 100 at Flamboro Speedway to score the $5,000 winner’s payday for the second straight year. It was only Gresel’s second night this season behind the wheel of the London Recreational Racing/CUSW/Gallinger Ford No.81 Ford Fusion Super Late Model.
 
“It’s awesome,” Gresel said. “Two years in a row to be able to win this race down here is phenomenal. The car was really good tonight and it held on pretty much the whole 100 laps. Near the end it got a little bit tight, but otherwise we were really good. I was really happy with it.”
 
Gresel time trialed fifth-quickest of the 21 cars in attendance, but held the fourth starting position after American Tyler Roahrig surrendered the pole to start at the rear of the field. Gresel quickly moved up into third position and made a pass for second just before a lap 20 caution that put him in prime position on the following restart.
 
“The car wanted to stay down low,” Gresel said. “It was digging hard, but it didn’t in until about 15 laps in then it started turning for me. It’s nice to drive once everything gets heated up and it comes into you.”
 
Gresel used the restart to power around the outside of Pete Shepherd III and take the lead. He never looked back from there and paced the remaining 80 laps to score the win. While Gresel was successful in getting to the front early, he was surprised at the pace over the first 20 laps.
 
“I go into it wanting to set a nice consistent pace, but once again I got shown that it doesn’t happen,” Gresel said. “It’s really up to the guys up front. If they want to push the car as hard as they want to. Some guys don’t have a choice. If you’re side-by-side with a guy and he wants to run hard, it’s hard to give up the spot. That’s kind of how this race started – they were running hard right off the bat.”
 
After running the first 20 laps behind the leaders and amongst lapped traffic, Gresel felt his car improve immediately when he was able to race in clean air after taking the lead.
 
“It was like night and day,” Gresel said of the difference. “I was basically following those guys off the corner and they were coming up so high they were missing the wall by a half or quarter of an inch and a lot of the time I was hitting in it. I think I hit it about three times, so that wasn’t working out for us at all.”
 
The big event victory is a major confidence boost for Gresel and his Sauble Falls Racing team heading into another big event, the Rankin Construction Late Model Summer Shootout at Jukasa Motor Speedway next weekend. Twin 75-lap Features are scheduled for the APC United Late Model Series and 75 laps for Outlaw Super Late Models. Gresel is set to tackle all 225 laps.
 
“We’ve been running half decent, but we haven’t been as good as we were last year or the years before,” Gresel said. “This is a big confidence boost. We still have a few races coming up. With the Pro Late, we’re going to have to work pretty hard on it because we were a little bit behind in testing at Jukasa.”
 
“I think the Supers going to do really well. Hopefully we can apply some of the stuff we’re learning with the Super back to the Pro Late. We have lots of time there on the weekend coming up to make changes. We want to make sure that we have just as good a run there as we did here.”
 
Qualifying will take place on Saturday, August 26 before a pair of APC United Late Model Series 75-lap Features and a 75-lap Outlaw Super Late Model event on Sunday, August 27. For additional information, visit www.jukasamotorspeedway.com.

SEASON STATS
Pro Late Model – 7 Starts: 0 Wins, 6 Top-5s, 7 Top-10s
Super Late Model – 3 Starts: 2 Wins, 3 Top-5s, 3 Top-10s       
 
SAUBLE FALLS RACING MEDIA
Website: www.saublefallsracing.com
Facebook: facebook.com/saublefallsracing
Twitter: @SaubleFalls81

Andrew Gresel and the Sauble Falls Racing team are proud to partner with several dedicated marketing partners for the 2017 race season, including McRobert Fuels, Sauble Falls Tent & Trailer Park, CUSW - Canadian Union of Skilled Workers, Hy-Grade Roofing, London Recreational, Gallinger Ford Lincoln, F1 Freight Systems, Ron O’Brien Remax, Barry’s Construction and Raden Givari at Ehomes.
 
 
About Clayton Johns Media: Clayton Johns Media provides smart motorsports media solutions through affordable public relations services, including professional press releases, social media management and training, and website maintenance. Whether you’re a grassroots team racing at your local track or a professional team travelling with a national tour, Clayton Johns Media can build a package tailored to your needs. Visit us online at claytonjohnsmedia.com
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NASCAR Truck Champion Matt Crafton Entering Lucas Oil 150 at Riverside

JAMES RIVER, NS (August 22, 2017) - Two-time NASCAR Camping World Truck Series champion Matt Crafton will make a special appearance at Riverside International Speedway on September 9 when he enters the Lucas Oil 150 for the Parts for Trucks Pro Stock Tour.

This will be Crafton's fourth appearance at Riverside and he's coming back for one reason.

"I want to win," said Crafton. "I want to take the trophy home with me. We've been close at Riverside but haven't got it done. I've won the pole and led a bunch of laps but I want to go to Victory Lane."

Crafton's first three attempts to tame the 0.333-mile high banked oval at Riverside came in three consecutive IWK 250's (2014-2016). His average finish in those events is 11.33 with a top spot of third in the 2016 edition of the event.

Crafton rates Riverside and its fans as among the greatest he's ever been around.

"The fans are incredible," said Crafton. "And Riverside is one of the nicest short tracks I've ever been to. It worked out that this event is an off weekend for the Truck Series, so when I found out there was a car available for me to drive I didn't hesitate. I look forward to it."

Crafton (Tulare, California) will run the Lucas Oil 150 in No. 88 out of the Nova Racing stable as a teammate to veteran Donald Chisholm (Antigonish) and rookie Braden Langille (Shubenacadie).

Crafton is the only driver in the 31-year history of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series to win back-to-back championships. He began his racing career in go-karts, mini sprints and midgets before following his father, Danny Crafton, into late models where he won the 2000 NASCAR Featherlite Southwest Series championship. That success led him to ThorSport Racing where, in 2001, he became full-time driver of the No. 88 truck. In an 18-year NCWTS career, Crafton holds the record for the most consecutive starts of any active driver and has accumulated 14 wins, 236 top 10 finishes, and 13 poles in his 398 starts on the series. He is currently third in series point standings with one win on the season.

The Lucas Oil 150 is round 11 of 12 on the road to the championship for the Parts for Trucks Pro Stock Tour and so plays a pivotal role in the overall standings for the season.

Advance reserved and general tickets for the Lucas Oil 150 will be available starting this Wednesday using the Order & Pay Online system at www.RiversideSpeedway.ca. General admission tickets will be available at the gate on September 9.

There is plenty of free spectator and RV parking for this event. RV parking is unreserved and is not serviced; RV's must park in areas designated for RV's and must abide by the Riverside Camping Terms of Use (can be found online).

About Riverside International Speedway:

Riverside International Speedway, a 1/3-mile high banked asphalt oval, is located in James River, between New Glasgow and Antigonish, at exit 30 off Trans Canada Highway 104. Opened in 1969, the facility was totally rebuilt in 2006 to become a premier motorsports site, comparable to the best short tracks in Canada and the U.S. To learn more about Riverside International Speedway, please visit www.riversidespeedway.ca or call 902.863.2410
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Brandt Graham Sweeps the Sportsman Cup Series Double-Dip at Flamboro Speedway

By Jim Clarke, Clarke Motorsports Communications/First Draft Media

 

As home to 4 events on this year’s schedule, teams with the Lucas Oil Sportsman Cup Series will have a wide variety of options available to them where race day set-ups are concerned. After recording a second-place finish during the first tour stop – Saturday, May 13th and taking a pair of 50 lap features a month and a half later, no one could blame Brandt Graham for looking forward to his return to venerable Hamilton, Ontario raceway for a Saturday, August 19th event.

 

“Any time you see a lot of a particular track and have some success there, you enjoy going back there,” Brandt Graham said. “Our team makes some amazing notes everywhere we go, so I’m always confident that our equipment will be the best it can be whenever the green flag waves.”

 

The 19 year-old from Orono, Ontario is the reigning series champion and current point leader. Fresh from the most recent win on his resume, where he led all 100 laps at Peterborough Speedway, the second-generation speedster – who recently graduated from Durham College – time-trailed in the runner-up position during qualifying.

 

At the drop of the green flag, Graham started 3rd as result of the Fast 5 post qualifying re-draw. Originally scheduled to be run as a 100 lapper, the race distance was switched to a pair of 50 lap segments. Tour and track officials then made the decision to change things to a couple of 30 lap features after another competitor had an engine expire and clean-up was deemed to take too much time. The first session saw its checkered flag with the #14 car at the head of the field. For the second stanza, the top 5 opening round finishers were inverted for the next green flag of the night.

 

Coming from 5th place to start round 2, Brandt Graham began planning his strategy to get to the front of the field. Knowing there wasn’t much time to work with, he took at patiently aggressive approach in search of the win. Knowing that the team had given him a good piece, the driver quickly found his rhythm and swept both event segments for the second time this season.

 

“It was almost like a regular Saturday night main event,” Brandt Graham said. “The weekly division features at most tracks are 20 or 25 laps, so these ones were just a bit longer. Even as early as the practice sessions, the car felt great all night and it was good to be able to come away with another win.”

 

The 2017 Lucas Oil Sportsman Cup Series finale is scheduled for Saturday, September 16th at Flamboro Speedway.

 

Brandt Graham’s 2017 Lucas Oil Sportsman Cup Series Schedule

 

Saturday, May 13th:               Flamboro Speedway

Time trialed 3rd, started 4th (after fast 5 redraw). Finished 2nd.

 

Saturday, July 1st:                  Flamboro Speedway

Time trialed 2nd, won both 50 lap segments.

Saturday, July 8th:                  Sauble Speedway

Time trialed 1st, started 5th (after Fast 5 redraw). Finished 3rd.

 

Saturday, August 12th:           Peterborough Speedway

Time trialed 1st, started 1st (after Fast 5 redraw). Finished 1st.

Saturday, August 19th:           Flamboro Speedway

Time trialed 2nd, started 3rd (after Fast 5 redraw) won 2 30-lap segments.

 

Saturday, September 16th:    Flamboro Speedway

 

Graham Racing is pleased to have sponsorship support from Full Circle Automation, Arcade Pools, J & M Restoration, Hot Rod Swag, Goat Transportation Inc., Mayhew Graphics and DJD Graphics for this year’s program.

 

Follow the team behind the scenes and at the track by checking @Graham_Racing on Twitter and the Graham Racing page at www.facebook.com. Look for www.graham98racing.com, an Image Factor web-site. Clarke Motorsports Communications is proud to support the 2017 season for Graham Racing.




Photo attachment: Graham Racing collection

 

Brandt Graham celebrates his sweep of the Lucas Oil Sportsman Cup Series events – Saturday, August 19th – at Flamboro Speedway.
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Team Turner Racing Takes Flight With Best Week of 2017 at Ohsweken
 
 
CAISTOR CENTRE, Ont. – August 21, 2017 – Team Turner had its best night of the season during Kool Kidz-Corr/Pak 360 Sprint Car action at Ohsweken Speedway as all three drivers earned at least a pair of top-10 finishes on Friday night. The night held double features for each driver with last week’s August 11 rain out being made-up at the beginning of the night.
 
Cory Turner led the way in his KT Tobacco/Silo Wireless No.97 as he won his first career 360 Sprint Car race at Ohsweken in the make-up Feature that started the night.
 
“It was pretty cool. We’ve been close so many times,” Cory said. “I think we’ve run second at least three or four times over the past four years. It was nice to nail that one down. It was a little lucky, but we had to be there to get it.”
 
Cory also earned a third-place finish in his heat and was third in the regularly scheduled Feature later in the night. That made three straight podium finishes for Cory in the last week.
 
“I’m really happy with that,” Cory explained. “Our car is 100 times better than it was a month ago. It’s really helped getting my main crew guy Nate back from Knoxville. He’s been spending a lot of time on the car and it’s showing. We didn’t change a whole lot for that second feature, but we were definitely good.”
 
Ryan Turner had a strong night in his Ace’s Bar and Grill No.91 with a sixth-place finish in the make-up Feature before a seventh-place result in the second main event.
 
“We were definitely fast,” Ryan said. “The crew had the car good again. I wish I had got through my heat race a bit better. I think that was our fastest car of the year and we ran our fastest lap of the night on lap 19 of the first Feature. I was really starting to get the car going good by the end of that Feature.”
 
It was Ryan’s third top-10 finish in as many starts as he continues to build momentum towards the big season-ending events.
 
“My confidence is definitely up right now,” Ryan said. “It seems like every time we hit the track, I know what kind of car I’m going to have. We’re not searching too far right now. As a team, we’re a lot more comfortable. I’m really happy with the way we’re starting to finish off this season.”
 
Jamie Turner earned a pair of 10th-place finishes in his Charlie Bee Honey No.11 and continues to improve on his season after also recording a sixth-place result last week at Humberstone Speedway. The highlight of the night for Jamie was seeing his son Cory win in a Sprint Car at Ohsweken for the first time.
 
“Seeing Cory win just makes it a good night,” Jamie said. “My car was okay. We worked on it all night trying to chase it. I had it way too tight in the first one. I thought the track was going to slick out more than it did and it didn’t. In the second feature, we were definitely better, but the results didn’t show it.”
 
The team celebrated their strong night post-race in the pit area with more than a hundred supporters at their annual corn roast. Team Turner Racing’s annual corn roast is a family tradition Jamie’s father Don Turner started while racing Modifieds at Merrittville Speedway.
 
“My dad started that probably 40 years ago, “ Jamie said. “I have a lot of my friends and family and races from the past who show up on corn roast night and I get to see them once per year. We have a good time and now the boys are running with it. For us, it’s one of our biggest nights of the year and with Cory winning it only made it that much bigger.”
 
“We like to show our support for everyone that comes and helps us out and throw a party once per year,” Ryan added. “I think this year we had the most people we’ve ever had and it’s awesome. It’s good to see. It’s a positive thing for the track and for racing.”
 
Team Turner Racing will be back in action at Ohsweken on Thursday, August 24 for the Triple Crown Showdown. Race time is 7:30pm. Additional event information is available at www.ohswekenspeedway.com.
 
SEASON STATS
11 Jamie Turner – 14 Starts: 0 Wins, 0 Top-5s, 4 Top-10s
91 Ryan Turner – 19 Starts: 0 Wins, 2 Top-5s, 10 Top-10s
97 Cory Turner – 21 Starts: 1 Win, 11 Top-5s, 16 Top-10s
 
TEAM TURNER MEDIA
Website: teamturnerracing.ca
Facebook: facebook.com/TeamTurnerRacing
Twitter: @11TeamTurner19
YouTube: Youtube.com/RacingTeamTurner
 
MAILING LIST
Join the Team Turner Racing mailing list by emailing claytonjohnsmedia@gmail.com with the subject “Turner” to be added to the list.
 
TEAM TURNER PARTNERS
 Team Turner Racing is proud to partner with several dedicated marketing partners for the 2017 race season, including KT Tobacco, Charlie-Bee Honey, Aces Bar & Grill, Braemar Building Systems, Pyett Spring & Alignment, DSE Performance, Gale's Auto Aftermarket, Plazek Auto Recyclers, Malabar Super Spice, V&R Recycling, Caistor Agri Services, J’N’E Recovery, Skyway Lawn Equipment, Total Coatings, Insta-Panels, KT Gas & Convenience, Six Nations Bingo, Silo Wireless, CJ Mulholland Mattress Factory, Truck Toppers, iC Super Computers, Silverdale Gun Club, Bryan's Farm Supply, Beamer Farms, The Powerhouse, Hitchman Trailers, Barlow Farms, Mac Tools, V&R Hose & Hydraulics, RCM Racing Equipment, JLB Mobile Mechanical, Tetra-Chem Industries, Wix Filters, Top Flight Wings,  Creative Edge Signs & Graphics, ImageFactor.ca, and Clayton Johns Media.
 
 
About Clayton Johns Media: Clayton Johns Media provides smart motorsports media solutions through affordable public relations services, including professional press releases, social media management and training, and website maintenance. Whether you’re a grassroots team racing at your local track or a professional team travelling with a national tour, Clayton Johns Media can build a package tailored to your needs. Visit us online at claytonjohnsmedia.com
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Cory Turner Scores Big With First Career Ohsweken Sprint Car Win
 

CAISTOR CENTRE, Ont. – August 21, 2017 – Cory Turner scored his first win of the season and first 360 Sprint Car victory at Ohsweken Speedway on Friday night. The win came in the August 11 make-up Feature that started the night and was Turner’s second career 360 Sprint Car win. His first was at Brighton Speedway on August 8, 2015.
 
“It was pretty cool,” Turner said of the win in his KT Tobacco/Silo Wireless No.97. “We’ve been close so many times. I think we’ve run second at least three or four times over the past four years. It was nice to nail that one down. It was a little lucky, but we had to be there to get it.”
 
In the regularly scheduled event that followed, Turner was third in his heat and drove to a third-place finish in the Feature. It was Turner’s third-straight podium finish. He has now finished second, first and third in his last three Features starts.
 
“I’m really happy with that,” Turner said. “Our car is 100 times better than it was a month ago. It’s really helped getting my main crew guy Nate back from Knoxville. He’s been spending a lot of time on the car and it’s showing. We didn’t change a whole lot for that second feature, but we were definitely good.”
 
The second Feature saw a nearly perfect racetrack that was slick from top to bottom, but still had moisture both on the cushion and at the bottom. It was a perfect recipe for slide jobs and Turner had several those in his battle for third and fourth with Jake Brown.
 
“It was fun racing with Jake,” Turner said. “The thing with the slide jobs is that you get such a good run in, but it kills all your momentum, so the guy crosses back over. It’s a lot of fun. You have to give and take. If you see him coming, you have to make the decision if you can drive around between him and the wall or if he’s going to slide right to the fence, you have to arc it back underneath him and give it back to him in the next corner.”
 
The second Feature of the night saw several outside invaders tackle Ohsweken with the Canadian Sprint Car Nationals looming in less than a month. Top runners Bryan Howland and Chuck Hebing were among those who used the race as a tune-up session.
 
“I like when those guys come in like Howland and Chuck,” Turner said. “It gives you a gauge of where you’re at. That was a pretty tough field in that second Feature.”
 
Turner is happy that his program is trending upwards at the right time as the points chase winds down at Ohsweken and several big events are on the horizon, including the 13th Canadian Sprint Car Nationals at Ohsweken September 15-16. With three Ohsweken races remaining for then, Turner also hopes to travel before then to perfect the slick track setup he’ll need at the Nationals.
 
“I want to go to New York because I know those tracks will be slick,” Turner said. “We’re doing some different things with the car, so I want to try it on a really slick surface like we’ll get at the Canadian Nationals.”
 
Friday night, Turner got to celebrate his win in the pits post-race with a couple of hundred supporters who turned out for the team’s annual corn roast. It’s an annual tradition that Cory’s late grandfather, Don Turner, started more than 40 years ago while racing Modifieds at Merrittville Speedway.
 
“He did it every year at Merrittville when that was his home track,” Turner explained. “When my dad got back into racing, that’s what we always did. We invite all our sponsors out, crew guys and everybody in the pits is invited. It’s just something we’ve always done and hopefully we’ll continue to do it for a lot of years.”
 
Cory Turner will be back in action on Thursday, August 24 at Ohsweken for Kool Kidz-Corr/Pak 360 Sprint Car action at the Triple Crown Showdown. Race time is 7:30pm. For additional event information, visit www.ohswekenspeedway.com.
 
CORY TURNER SEASON STATS
97 Cory Turner – 21 Starts: 1 Win, 11 Top-5s, 16 Top-10s
 
CORY TURNER MEDIA
Website: coryturnermotorsports.com
Facebook: facebook.com/CoryTurnerMotorsports
Twitter: @CTMotorsports_
YouTube: YouTube.com/RacingTeamTurner
 
MAILING LIST
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CORY’S CREW
Cory Turner is proud to partner with several dedicated marketing partners for the 2017 race season, including KT Tobacco, Insta-Panels, Braemar Building Systems, Silo Wireless, Gale’s Auto Aftermarket, Skyway Lawn Equipment, Pyett Spring & Alignment, DSE Performance, Six Nations Bingo, Malabar Super Spice, JNE Recovery, V&R Recycling, Plazek Auto Recyclers, Hauser’s Pharmacy, KT Gas & Convenience, The Truck Toppers, CJ Mulholland Mattress Factory, Rondex, Silverdale Gun Club, Barlow Farms, Mike Morris Holdings, Bryan’s Farm Supply, Total Coatings, Hitchman Trailers, V&R Hose & Hydraulics, RCM Racing Equipment, Top Flight Wings, Tetra-Chem Industries, Wix Filters, Creative Edge Signs & Graphics, Northern Performance, Charlie Bee Honey, and ImageFactor.ca.
 
 
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