Canandaigua Learning Experience For Team TurnerTuesday - May - 2017
Ryan Turner races through turn three at Canandaigua Motorsports Park on Saturday May 27. (Photo by Randy Mallett).
CAISTOR CENTRE, Ont. – May 30, 2017 – After a rainout at Ohsweken Speedway last Friday, Team Turner Racing travelled back to New York on Saturday night to take on the Empire Super Sprints at Canandaigua Motorsports Park. Both Ryan and Cory Turner were in action against a tough field.
Both drivers were in the same time trial and heat race group. Cory timed third quickest in the group aboard his KT Tobacco/Silo Wireless No.97 while Ryan was fifth fastest in the Ace’s Bar and Grill No.91, placing both drivers in the six-car inversion. Ryan raced in the second spot for most of the heat before settling for fourth, one spot ahead of Cory.
“I’m not used to a track that hammer down and flat,” Ryan said. “In the heat, I felt good. I held second until about lap six and then the car just went away on me. The rear-end started to get a little loose and it just started to slip, so Jeff Cook and the ‘Cobra’ Chuck Hebing were able to get under me.”
“I just got shuffled out a little bit on the start,” added Cory. “I ended up sixth off the start and got back to fifth. I was running the guys down in front of me and just didn’t quite get there.”
Ryan qualified for the Cobra Coaches Dash, where he finished third placing him 15th on the starting grid, two spots ahead of Cory. Both drivers were stuck in an inside lane that failed to get up to speed at the drop of the initial green flag.
“The inside row just didn’t go,” Cory explained. “Coleman Gulick started 18th and had a straightaway on me by the end of turn two. On those big tracks, everybody is on the gas so long that it’s just magnified. After that, I was really happy with the car.”
Ryan had a difficult start to the Feature in his first career start at Canandaigua, but showed improved speed as the race went along before turning in a 23rd-place finish.
“I was way too tight early on in the Feature,” Ryan said. “I missed turns one and two and I got in the water a little bit. I got buzzed on the high side and the low side and then I never regained the positions. I started to get going at the end.”
The fast track conditions on the big half-mile proved a good learning experience for both drivers. Ryan was especially grateful for the seat time the opportunity provided.
“The driver definitely got better,” Ryan said. “I ran some terrible laps early on and by the end I was pretty quick and hitting all my marks. I can always take the seat time. I was definitely disappointed with where I ended up, but I was happy overall with how I was running by the end.”
Both drivers along with Jamie Turner’s Charlie Bee Honey No.11 are now preparing for a busy tripleheader weekend that includes stops at Ohsweken Speedway on Friday, June 2, Fulton Speedway in Fulton, NY on Saturday June 3 with the Patriot Sprint Tour and Humberstone Speedway in Port Colborne, Ont. with the Southern Ontario Sprints on Sunday, June 4. While a 3-in-3 weekend means lots of extra work, the preparation for each race remains the same, Cory said.
“We just try to be as ready as we possibly can,” Cory said. “Every night after we race if we have no damage, then we’ll try to wash the car that night and let it dry. Then we can let the engine cool down, check it and set the valves. The next day, we’ll try to get up early and try to get everything ready before we leave for the track.”
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11 Jamie Turner – 2 Start: 0 Wins, 0 Top-5s, 0 Top-10s
91 Ryan Turner – 4 Starts: 0 Wins, 0 Top-5s, 1 Top-10s
97 Cory Turner – 4 Starts: 0 Wins, 3 Top-5s, 3 Top-10s
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