LAPPED CAR NEARLY RUINS IT FOR TURNER AT LANIER by J Troiano
Hogan Dominates, But Car Falls Off At The End
With only 16 cars in the field, you wouldn’t think one of the lapped ones would decide the outcome of the event. Not the case.
the lapped car of Dwayne Buggay. Turner peaked underneath Buggay coming out of turn two, but Buggay got loose and turned left and slammed into Turner, hooking the two together.
Hogan closed but couldn’t pass Turner as the two cars got untangled. With no right front fender and possible damage, Turner drove the car just as hard as he had all night long into turn three and four and kept Hogan at bay.
Hogan, the SES points leader, made a couple of charges at Turner but fell just car lengths short at the end.
“The 45 car (Buggay) was racing the guy in front of him,” said Turner, explaining the situation to our Jeremy Troiano. “(The lapped cars) have the right to do that, but I was wishing that they would have given me a signal on which way they were going to go or have given the leaders some room.
“He got loose down here in one and two and slid up the track, I had momentum on the bottom and stuck my nose
Ricky Turner used consistency and perseverance to capture the lead in the Southern All Stars Super Late Model 150-lap event at Lanier National Speedway on Saturday night. But it was a lapped car that almost rewrote the outcome of the event.
Turner, who started fifth, slowly worked his way to the front of the field, passing the dominant car of Jason Hogan on lap 118 following a round of pit stops and fresh right-side tires for everyone.
But it was with just five laps left when the whole outcome of the race may have changed.
As Turner led Hogan by half a straightaway, he encountered
Ricky Turner was all smiles after his win at Lanier on Saturday night. (51 Photos)
Hogan (#92) made a couple of runs at Turner (#28), but coudln't do anything with him.
there. I don’t think he knew I was going to be there and came down to give me room or something and we got together. It was just circumstance I guess. It was being at the wrong place at the wrong time.
“I thought it had slipped through our fingers then. Luckily, we were able to get unlocked from him and get by.
“With four to go, I just had to drive it in corner and hope the thing was going to hold. My brother (Ricky’s crew chief) said I had to go so I had no choice. I saw Jason (Hogan) right behind me. The steering wheel was shaking, but I think it was more of what was left of the fender and bumper just jerking the tire. The car wasn’t as good, but we just ran at it. It didn’t cut down a tire or anything like that.”
“It was an awesome car to start off with,” said Hogan. “These tires down here all weekend have been junk. I don't know what it is about them. I guess I'm used to a good tire. They were just changing stager on us all weekend long. The first set was awesome. You couldn't have asked for a better set of tires. We came in and put two on during the race and it was a questionable call. We probably would have been just as good without them.
“But with five cars on the lead lap, you might as well come in and put them on.
Hogan had a bird’s eye view of the incident and saw his option for winning still open.
“(Ricky) pushed it a little early there I thought,” said Hogan. “I wasn't too close to him but we were gaining little by little, but not enough for him to be worried about though. I guess he was just trying to put the lapped car in between us. The lapped car just turned down and got into him. That is all that is was.
“I was going to try and pass him. I just couldn't get around him. Oh well, that's three seconds and two wins in our five races this year. That is nothing to be ashamed of.”
Hogan easily had the car to beat as the race started. It took him only 11 laps to get from his third-place starting position to the lead, which he held until Turner passed him on lap 118.
Turner's #28 suffered a lot of damage from its tangle with Buggay.
“I thought Ricky wiped her out there at the end when he got into the lapped car, but I couldn't do anything with him. I couldn't' get up off the corner.
“I'm just going to blame this one on junk tires.”
Turner's car came to life off of the pit stops even though the team made no changes.
“We just put two tires on it and it took off,” said Turner. “We didn’t make any adjustments. This car seems to just stay consistent over the long haul. When the air pressures came up, we took off.”
Wayne Willard (left) and Jason Hogan were two of just 16 drivers in attendance
Wayne Willard finished a distant third and Gary Helton and Paul Kelly, the only other cars on the lead lap at the finish, rounded out the top five.
SENTER PERFECT IN PROS
Joey Senter was picture perfect as 23 Southern All Star Pro Late Models raced for 100 laps on Saturday night at Lanier.
Senter, a regular at Lanier, captured the pole for the race and led all 100 laps, holding off defending track champion Richey Etheridge.
“We just didn’t have enough,” said Etheridge. “We got real loose at the end and I couldn’t get any forward bite to stay with him. He was taking the good line in the center and I couldn’t get back in the gas to get to him. He did a good job. He did what he had to do to win.”
“It was one of the best cars we’ve had all year,” said Senter. “We’ve been fighting the car this year, but tonight it was about perfect. You have to be real smooth here. It is a tight race track and you have to have a great car setup to get around this place.
“I’ve race against Richey down here every weekend. He is knows for his good restarts. I hated to see that last caution, but was glad to see the checkers.”
Etheridge was catching Senter, moving up from his fourth-place starting spot, but ran out of time at the end of the race.
Joey Senter (#12) lead Richey Ethridge(#45) to the checkers in the SAS Pro LM race.