Turple comfortably rides to Carquest championship

Shawn Turple’s run to his first Carquest Pro Stock Tour title was a lot more comfortable than he expected.

Shawn Turple’s run to his first Carquest Pro Stock Tour title was a lot more comfortable than he expected.

The Enfield native turned in a fifth-place finish at the season-ending Parts For Trucks 200 at Scotia Speedworld on Saturday afternoon, stretching his 19-point lead atop the series to 32 points by day’s end to clinch the crown.

Turple’s day got easier when his top challenger, Wayne Smith, got tangled up during the second lap and didn’t get his damaged car back on the track until the halfway break.

Shawn Tucker, who won the Parts For Trucks 200, was in third spot, 45 points back, coming into the day.

“It took some pressure off us,” Turple said of Smith’s mishap. “Unless I suffered the same fate as Wayne, (Tucker) wouldn’t catch me. Luckily, we kept our nose clean.”

Tucker was the series runner-up, while Halifax’s John Flemming was third and Timberlea’s Smith fourth.

Turple has been one of the best on the tour since being named rookie of the year in 2005, but it was a relief to finally win after finishes of second, third, fourth and ninth.

“It’s awesome,” Turple said. “The competition you face every week and how hard it is to be consistent all year long, to put it together for a championship is pretty special.”

 
 
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