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Turner Scores Big in Renegade 100

Posted By Tj Ingerson On June 11, 2013

Categories: Airborne

Fast One MotorsportsRichie Turner raced from the back of the field on two separate occasions to claim the Furniture World of Vermont Renegade 100 win at Airborne Park Speedway on Saturday. (Ricky St. Clair/VMM photo)PHOTO: Richie Turner raced from the back of the field on two separate occasions to claim the Furniture World of Vermont Renegade 100 win at Airborne Park Speedway on Saturday. (Ricky St. Clair/VMM photo)

--by Ricky St. Clair (@Ricky_StClair)
VMM Correspondent

Richie Turner might have a flare for the dramatics.

The Fairfax native, who maintained an early-race lead in the Furniture World of Vermont Renegade 100 at Airborne Park Speedway Saturday, elected to restart at the rear of the field on a lap 50 competition caution for an additional $500.

Eleven laps later, Turner surged to the front and regained the lead, holding on for arguable the biggest payday in the division’s history at $1,500.

“At the end, I was just trying to save the tires because I didn’t want to lose everything I gained,” Turner said. “I was kind of taking it easy the last 10 laps. I didn’t want to spin myself out or anything. I didn’t want a caution.”

The 2004 Renegade track champion started 11th in the 17-car field, but was forced rally after incident in turn two sent Lance Rabtoy spinning into the infield on lap five.

“Well, race control said that I had to go to the rear because they thought I took out (Rabtoy),” Turner said. “But I talked to him at lap 50, and he said it was (Don Franklin). I never even touched him, he said. I think that helped me out because it just made me mad.”

After the first yellow flag of the event on the fifth circuit, it took Turner 15 laps to get back into the top five. Shortly thereafter, Turner slipped underneath Robert Gordon for the race lead on lap 37.

During the competition caution, Turner announced to the Plattsburgh, N.Y., crowd that he would take Furniture World of Vermont’s $500 offer and restart at the tail of the field. With 11 of 17 cars still on the lead lap, he restarted on the inside of row six.

“No, I didn’t think (I had a shot at that point in time),” Turner said. “The car started to fade away at the end of the first 50. The tire pressure was down a little bit, but I think the gas helped. I lost all that weight, and the back end was starting to go away. But we put all the weight back on the wheels, and it was good.”

After pole sitter Tylor Terry pulled off the backstretch on lap 61 with mechanical failure, Turner utilized the outside lane to overtake Gordon on the ensuing restart.

A 39 lap green-flag run helped Turner solidify himself in the top spot, extending his lead to length of the backstretch. He would cruise to the win with a margin of victory at 7.47 seconds.

Turner, who also competes at Devil’s Bowl Speedway in West Haven on Friday nights, currently owns a 20-point lead over Josh Terry in the Airborne point standings. He hopes to use the 100-lap victory as momentum moving forward.

“I hope to keep the points lead all year,” Turner said. “That’d be nice. It’s hard because we run this same car at two different tracks. After Friday, it’s hard to come here Saturday. But this is the track I want to be at.”

Gordon of Milton led 41 laps and fended off Josh Terry in a hotly-contested battle for the runner-up spot. Rabtoy recovered from the lap-five spin to finish fourth and Ryan Boutin of Fairfax completed the top five.

Franklin, Robbie Favreau, Joe Warren, Mark Caron and Curt Giventer all earned top-10 honors.

The race featured five unofficial lead changes among three drivers. The 100-lap event took 59 minutes and 51 seconds to complete and saw three yellow flags, including the competition caution on lap 50. Eight cars finished on the lead lap.

UNOFFICIAL RESULTS -- Furniture World of Vermont Renegade 100
Airborne Park Speedway, Plattsburgh, N.Y.
Saturday, June 8, 2013

(# - denotes rookie)

1. (11) Richie Turner, Fairfax
2. (4) Robert Gordon, Milton
3. (8) Josh Terry, Morrisonville, N.Y.
4. (6) Lance Rabtoy, Fairfax
5. (9) Ryan Boutin, Fairfax
6. (5) Don Franklin, Milton
7. (7) Robbie Favreau, Peru, N.Y.
8. (3) Joe Warren, West Chazy, N.Y.
9. (2) Mark Caron, Peru, N.Y.
10. (14) Curt Giventer, Clayburg, N.Y.
11. (12) Jason McClatchie, Plattsburgh, N.Y.
12. (15) Jon Boutin, Fairfax
13. (1) Tylor Terry, Morrisonville, N.Y.
14. (13) Curt Seymour, Plattsburgh, N.Y.
15. (16) Andrew Bordeau, Dannemora, N.Y.
16. (10) Jimmy Varno, Peru, N.Y.
17. (17) Zack Daniels, Saranac, N.Y.