Turner Survives to Win CRA Race at Anderson Series PR Report
Veteran uses Experience to Make It Through a Challenging Race
CRA Super Series veteran racer Rick Turner, nicknamed the Y-Town Hustler, got his second CRA Super Series victory of his career Sunday evening in the Ivy Tech 125 Presented By Great Deals at Anderson Speedway. Turner survived a tough battle that saw several cars damaged by multiple cautions including Brian Rievley who made hard contact with the outside wall on lap 101 while leading Sunday’s event after contact from a lap car. Rievley’s went to the tail handing the lead to Turner who was hot on Rievley’s tail at the time of the incident. Turner then cruised to the victory.
"It was lap cars, cautions and tight racing out there tonight," remarked Turner. "I have to thank my crew and my sponsor, Great Deals and all my friends that came out to watch us tonight!"
Jeff Lane jumped out to the early lead from his outside front row starting position before his day ended on lap 16 after hitting a car that spun directly in front of him. That handed the lead over to Rievley who extended his lead at one time up to 20 car lengths, but Turner chased down Rievley in lap traffic putting himself in position to get the lead after Rievley’s unfortunate incident. Turner’s first series victory was also at Anderson Speedway in August of 2005.
Appleton Rack & Pinion Fast Qualifier Jason Shively finished in second, his best ever finish with the CRA Super Series. Shively also turned the fastest lap of the event earning the VDL Fuel Systems Hot Lap Of The Race Award. Series point’s leader Scott Hantz came back from an early caution to race through the field and claim third with his damaged racecar, earning him the ARP Stock Car Bodies Cool Move Of The Race Award. Hantz now has two wins and two thirds in the series first four events of the season and has a 43-point lead over Turner.
Boris Jurkovic also battled back through the field after suffering damage in a couple of incidents to finish fourth earning him a Hoosier Racing Tire Performance Award. Rievley, the series 1998 Champion, battled back to finish fifth in his damaged racecar. Rievley was the Kingen Interstate Express Halfway Award Leader. Aaron Pierce finished in sixth and claimed his first K & N Filters Rookie Of The Race Award.
John VanDoorn finished seventh with Terry Fisher Jr. in eighth after starting 20th, earning him
the Lane Automotive/ISKY Racing Cams Hardcharger Award and a Hoosier Racing Tire Performance Award. Al Cook Jr., subbing for brother Tommy Cook who was out recovering from some minor surgery, finished ninth with Sean Matthuis tenth. Two drivers making their first ever series starts had good days with Brandon Fagin finishing 12th and David Flynn 13th.
The next CRA Super Series event will be the 7th Annual Elmer Musgrave Memorial Presented By Texas Corral this Saturday at Illiana Motor Speedway. More information is available at www.craracing.net.
Rick Turner in victory lane. (CRA / David Sink Photo)