CORY TURNER WINS GARY CUNNINGHAM MEMORIAL AT MERRITTVILLE

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Updated: June 25, 2022

Photo by Kevin Miller (www.nitromanmedia.ca)

By Tommy Goudge with files from Jonathon Howe

THOROLD, Ont. (June 25, 2022) – A Turner was in victory lane after a Southern Ontario Sprints A-Main again on Saturday night, but this time it was Cory Turner who took the win in the Gary Cunningham Memorial at Merrittville Speedway.

Cory Turner and Mitch Brown started on the front row for the 25 lap A-Main, but the race was red flagged before the first lap was complete when Shawn Sliter flipped in turn two. Sliter escaped without major injury and the race restarted with Turner taking the lead.

A late restart placed Ryan Turner behind Cory for a sibling battle, but Ryan Susice broke up the party in the Phillips No. 21 by taking the second spot. Cory stayed ahead to lead all 25 laps and take the victory over Susice, Ryan Turner, and Liam Martin, while Travis Cunningham scored a top five in the race named for his late father. Heat race wins went to Mitch Brown, Liam Martin, and Ryan Turner.

The Southern Ontario Sprints tour will next be in action on Saturday, July 9 at Brighton Speedway, and Sunday, July 10 at Cornwall Motor Speedway. Visit www.southernontariosprints.com for more information.

Southern Ontario Sprints Race Report
Saturday, June 25, 2022
Gary Cunningham Memorial
Merrittville Speedway
Thorold, Ontario, Canada

Heat Race 1 [Started] 8 laps – 1:54.175
1. 10 Mitch Brown, Brantford, Ontario [5]; 2. 11 Jamie Turner, Caistor Centre, Ontario [3]; 3. 13 Cory Turner, Tillsonburg, Ontario [6]; 4. 14H Jim Huppunen, Fenwick, Ontario [2]; 5. 70 Baily Heard, Niagara Falls, Ontario [4]; 6. 15N Dan Nanticoke, Ohsweken, Ontario [7]; (DNS) 15 Mike Ferrell, London, Ontario [1]

Heat Race 2 [Started] 8 laps – 1:55.956
1. 91 Ryan Turner, Dunnville, Ontario [1]; 2. 20AU Brayden Cooley, Warrnambool, Victoria, Australia [6]; 3. 21 Ryan Susice, Ransomville, New York, USA [2]; 4. 110 Jake Brown, Brantford, Ontario [3]; 5. 81 Derek Jonathan, Lewiston, New York, USA [4]; 6. 24 Ben Silliker, Spruce Grove, Alberta [5]

Heat Race 3 [Started] 8 laps – 1:58.334
1. 9 Liam Martin, Binbrook, Ontario [4]; 2. 90 Travis Cunningham, Grimsby, Ontario [6]; 3. 30 Adam West, Ridgetown, Ontario [1]; 4. 11J Chris Jones, Picton, Ontario [5]; 5. 25 Warren Mahoney, Lefroy, Ontario [3]; (DNS) 71S Shawn Sliter, Port Colborne, Ontario [2]

A-Main [Started] 25 laps – NT
1. 13 Cory Turner [1]; 2. 21 Ryan Susice [5]; 3. 91 Ryan Turner [3]; 4. 9 Liam Martin [4]; 5. 90 Travis Cunningham [8]; 6. 14H Jim Huppunen [10]; 7. 20AU Brayden Cooley [6]; 8. 10 Mitch Brown [2]; 9. 11 Jamie Turner [7]; 10. 110 Jake Brown [11]; 11. 11J Chris Jones [12]; 12. 70 Baily Heard [13]; 13. 30 Adam West [9]; 14. 24 Ben Silliker [17]; 15. 81 Derek Jonathan [14]; 16. 15N Dan Nanticoke [16]; 17. 25 Warren Mahoney [15]; (DNS) 71 Shawn Sliter; (DNS) 15 Mike Ferrell
A-Main Lap Leaders – Cory Turner 1-25
Margin of Victory – 0.586 seconds
Hard Charger – Jim Huppunen +4

Up Next:
Saturday, July 9 – Brighton Speedway – Brighton, Ontario
Sunday, July 10 – Cornwall Motor Speedway – Long Sault, Ontario

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About the Southern Ontario Sprints tour: Founded in 1996, the Southern Ontario Sprints tour is a traveling winged 360 Sprint Car tour based in Ontario, Canada. The SOS is celebrating 25 seasons of racing in 2022, and each points-paying event on the schedule will pay a minimum of $1,200-to-win and $240-to-start. Visit www.southernontariosprints.com for more information.