Taylor takes Div. 7 points lead MEDFORD, Ore. - NHRA Top Alcohol Funny Car driver Dennis Taylor took over the Division 7 points lead with a runner-up finish during this past weekend's Division 6 Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event at ...
Taylor takes Div. 7 points lead
MEDFORD, Ore. - NHRA Top Alcohol Funny Car driver Dennis Taylor took over the Division 7 points lead with a runner-up finish during this past weekend's Division 6 Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event at Southern Oregon Dragway in Medford, Ore. Taylor and his Plumbing Concepts backed team entered the event trailing by one point, but needing to make the finals, and did just that.
Taylor, who runs his racing safety equipment company, Taylor Motorsports Products, in Anaheim, Calif., was once again the picture of consistency in his Ora Vasquez tuned Camaro, qualifying third with a 5.807 at 243.16 mph. In round one, he defeated Brett Williamson with a 5.768 at 239.18 mph, then defeated John Weaver in the semifinals with a 5.762 at 244.76 mph.
In the final, Taylor grabbed a slight starting line advantage over his opponent Bucky Austin, but was unable to hold off Austin's 5.710 at 247.02 mph with his own 5.741 at 243.50 mph. With the win, Austin clinched the Division 6 Championship.
"Once again, Ora and the guys just did an awesome job," said Taylor. "I really have to thank them and Mickey Thompson tires for giving me tires that absolutely go down the track every time. We came in needing to go to the final and for Doug Gordon to lose in the first round, and that's exactly what happened. Despite not winning, we're still pleased to reach that mark and take over the points lead. Considering at one point in the season we were nearly 200 points out of first place, just really says a lot about my guys; they never give up."
Before Taylor and the Plumbing Concepts team can celebrate, they must fight another tough field at the final Division 7 event of the year in Las Vegas, Nov. 4-7. The event is one week prior to the season-ending AAA Auto Club World Finals in Pomona, Calif., and is regarded as one of the toughest events on the Lucas Oil Series trail.
"It's not over by any stretch," commented Taylor. "Gordon has to reach the finals to catch us, and that's not out of reach for that team. They lead for most of the year because they won so many races early. We can't control them, but we can control our destiny. We're just going to stick to our consistency approach and make them beat us. It's got us to this point, I don't see any reason to change now."