Dennis Taylor Sonoma wrapup

Taylor scores win in Sonoma SONOMA, Calif. - NHRA Top Alcohol Funny Car driver Dennis Taylor took home the win from this past weekend's Division 7 Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event at Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, Calif. The win moved ...

Taylor scores win in Sonoma

SONOMA, Calif. - NHRA Top Alcohol Funny Car driver Dennis Taylor took home the win from this past weekend's Division 7 Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event at Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, Calif. The win moved Taylor within a mere one point of current points leader Doug Gordon, who did not qualify for the event.

Taylor, who runs his racing safety equipment company, Taylor Motorsports Products, in Anaheim, Calif., qualified his Plumbing Concepts backed Camaro second in the tough field with a 5.689, the same elapsed time as No. 1 qualifier Brett Williamson, but Williamson edged Taylor out on speed with a 252.00 mph blast to Taylor's speed of 251.39 mph.

In round one, Taylor defeated former Division 7 Champ Steve Gasparrelli with a 5.720 at 250.88 mph, then took out defending Division 6 Champ Bucky Austin with a 5.719 at 251.11 mph.

In a rematch of last year's final, Taylor took the lead off the line and never looked back, running a 5.695 at 250.27 to defeat No. 1 qualifier Williamson's 5.719 at 249.81 mph.

"This win is just a tribute to this team and Ora Vasquez," said Taylor. "Ora really has this car dialed in. We believe consistency wins drag races and we try to apply that. We are also very pleased in the performance of our AFT lock up clutch we've had in the past few races. This car just goes down the track every time. We just couldn't have planned it better, and now we're right there with Gordon in points."

"With the competition out here in Division 7, it gives us a good feeling to win," Taylor continued. "This race was just as tough as any national event. Our past few races have been at division races, so we're looking forward to our next race, the Seattle national, where hopefully we can get after it."

"We said coming into this race we would love to honor the memory of Darrell Russell, one of our good friends and customers, with a win, and I feel honored to be able to do that. We also feel good to get in the winner's circle for our sponsor Plumbing Concepts and our great group of associate sponsors in Valvoline, invigor8 Energy Drink, Pepsi, Mickey Thompson Tires, Metro Moulded Parts, Shaker Shirts, Ultimate Designs, Bear State Heat and Air, Adam's Polishes and Taylor Motorsport Products."

The win also moves Taylor into third place nationally. The next event for the Plumbing Concepts team will be the CARQUEST Auto Parts Nationals in Seattle, Wash., July 23-25.

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Series NHRA
Drivers Bucky Austin , Doug Gordon , Dennis Taylor
Teams Williams