Cory Turner Excited For Final Ohsweken and SOS Points NightsFriday - September - 2018
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CAISTOR CENTRE, Ont. (September 7, 2018) – With the momentum of a successful Labour Day weekend that included a top-five and four top-10 finishes, Cory Turner is anxious to hit the track again for championship weekend. The final points races of the season at Ohsweken Speedway and with the Southern Ontario Sprints at Merrittville Speedway are scheduled for Friday, September 7 and Saturday, September 8.
Entering Friday’s race, Turner is currently third in the Ohsweken standings and trailing Jim Huppunen by just six points for second, which equates to three finishing positions on the race track.
“We have to keep the car in one piece,” Turner stated. “This is the car we want to finish the year on. It’s been good on the small tracks, so hopefully Friday it will be good at Ohsweken too. We’re going to try and outrun Jimmy to get second.”
The race is also an important tune-up for next weekend’s $10,000-to-win 14th annual Canadian Sprint Car Nationals presented by Arrow Express. Turner will look to nail down the setup on his KT Gas & Convenience/Silo Wireless No.97 for this championship weekend and for next weekend’s Ohsweken season finale.
“Hopefully we can run well Friday and get a good tune-up for the Nationals,” Turner said. “We are running well right now and building momentum for these next two weekends. We’re really excited for it all.”
On Saturday, Turner will then take the Mobil 1/King’s Wood Products No.97 to his former home track of Merrittville Speedway in search of his first career Sprint Car championship with the Southern Ontario Sprints. Turner holds a more than 50-point lead at the top of the SOS standings over his younger brother, Ryan Turner entering the final race of the season. Turner is excited for the race, but knows there’s still plenty of work to be done.
“If I can run in the top-10 again like we have all year with the SOS, than we will be in good shape,” Turner said. “There’s still 35-40 laps to run on Saturday after we race Friday. I’m lucky I have a lot of laps there, but I’ll have to keep my eyes open to make sure we run it clean.”
Last weekend, Turner ran a pair of Features at Ohsweken Speedway on Friday, August 31, including a make-up event from July 27. He earned seventh and eighth-place finishes in the two events.
“We were good at the beginning of the night, but we kind of fell off a little bit,” Turner explained of the Friday action. “We were better than the previous Friday.”
Then, he travelled east to compete with the SOS in the annual Labour Day Classic Weekend at Brighton Speedway with full shows on back-to-back nights Saturday, September 1 and Sunday, September 2. He started with a second-place finish on Saturday night and a sixth-place result Sunday.
“Saturday, we were really running down the leader, Steve Lyons,” Turner said. “The second half of the race, my car came in nicely and I ran him down from almost half a lap back. I lost by about a car length and a half at the line. We were absolutely ripping the last 10 laps and I was really happy with how the car got better.”
CORY TURNER SEASON STATS
97 Cory Turner – 23 Starts: 2 Wins, 10 Top-5s, 18 Top-10s
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