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WSORR 2007: Scott Taylor Back on Top in PRO-2WD

Scott Taylor and his #8 Skyjacker Suspensions BFGoodrich Tires Ford F-150 came to Bark River in second place in the Championship standings, looking to retake the top spot in the PRO-2WD division. The Bark River track, historically, has been a tough course for Taylor Racing to tame, so Scott brought his Chief Engineer, Russ Wernimont, in from California to assist with the race weekend.

New for 2007, WSORR and the race promoters, the Bark River Lions Club, added an additional round of racing on Friday afternoon, which meant extra work for the race teams, but also additional points to be won.

Friday - Round 7

The start saw Scott and #1 Renezeder, battling through the first turn, with both competitors spinning out, allowing the rest of the PRO-2WD field to get a jump on the two perennial front runners.

The rest of the ten lap event saw Scott work his way towards the front. On the final lap, Scott moved the Skyjacker Ford into third place. At the finish, it was Renezeder 1st, Oberg 2nd, and Scott Taylor 3rd.

"The start really hurt our chances for a win today," stated Scott Taylor. "There was some overly aggressive driving out there today. Hopefully, it will calm down the rest of the weekend. We’re here to race, not tear up each other’s equipment."

Saturday - Round 8

Scott put the Roush Performance horsepower to the BFGoodrich tires and quickly moved into second place by lap two. Then, on lap three, the right rear wheel broke, putting Taylor Racing into the hot pits for a tire change. By the time Scott got back on course, he was two laps down. At the checkered flag, he was credited with a seventh place finish.

"Russ and I sat down and talked quite a bit about how the truck was performing, at different sections of the track. I think we had a good shot for the top spot," commented Scott Taylor. "Then the rear wheel broke. Unfortunately, I waited too long to come in. The broken wheel flattened the tire, of course, and then it wrapped itself around the rear axle and took out the brake line. My crew did the best they could to get me back out, but it was a mess back there. Overall, the truck’s in good shape. We’ve got one more shot at the win this weekend."

Sunday - Round 9

The final ten lap PRO-2WD race of the weekend was a battle between Scott Taylor and Evan Evans. The first seven laps saw Evans leading, with Scott right on his bumper, looking to make a clean pass. On lap 8, Scott drove inside Evans, going through Armed Forces Turn One. Initially, Evans held off Scott, then Evans over rotated the exiting the turn, allowing Skyjacker Suspensions #8 to take the lead. The capacity crowd went wild, as Scott charged into the lead, as Evans drove through the track’s sponsor banners. The finishing order was: Scott Taylor 1st, Evan Evans 2nd, and Rhonda Konitzer 3rd.

Scott Taylor also ran the fastest lap of the race, @ 1:25.1 minutes.

"It’s great to finish at the top again," remarked Scott Taylor. "You know this place hasn’t been our best track over the years, so winning today let’s us know we are headed in the right direction, with this new truck. Russ came in for this race, and along with input from Skyjacker Suspensions and Roush Performance, we are trying to get the chassis to handle all the power Roush gives us. Charlie at ATD built us a great transmission. It gets that power to the rear wheels. We are still working on the complete package. The truck has more in it; we just have to figure out the proper balance. We are going to test it at Crandon, this week. We should have an even better handle on the truck, for the Labor Day weekend."

2007/08/17 | 13:34 CET | Editor: MR/HS/Taylor Offroad Racing

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