Phoenix: Dennis Taylor preview

Cooner Wire Racing Way Cool! Motorsports Taylor looking to start Division 7 title run in Phoenix CHANDLER, Ariz. - After effectively sitting out of last year's Division 7 series to concentrate on national events, NHRA Top Alcohol Funny...

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Taylor looking to start Division 7 title run in Phoenix

CHANDLER, Ariz. - After effectively sitting out of last year's Division 7 series to concentrate on national events, NHRA Top Alcohol Funny Car driver Dennis Taylor has his eye set on the Division 7 crown this year. Taylor and his Cooner Wire backed team hope to take the first step to that crown during this weekend's NHRA Division 7 Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series opener at Firebird Raceway just outside of Phoenix.

Taylor, from Anaheim, Calif., feels that the team was on the verge of running very strong numbers at their last race in Pomona, and hopes to expand on that this weekend in Phoenix.

"Certainly, what we learned in Pomona is going to help us all year," said Taylor. "The best we ran in Pomona was a 5.83, and even though that was somewhat disappointing, when we started looking at the computer, we realized that the car was not driven properly, was out there in the 'marbles' spinning the tires, you can clearly see on the computer that it should have ran about a tenth better. That would have put us right about where we would have expected to be at that point. I think Phoenix is going to be a continuance of the learning curve from what we learned in Pomona."

Taylor feels that with the return to eight car fields at Division 7 events this year, making the eight car show may be tougher than qualifying for a national event, which has sixteen positions. Taylor is confident that his Cooner Wire Camaro will be one of those players.

"I think there will be cars in the 5.60's this weekend," stated Taylor. "We certainly would like to be one of them, but we are really not focusing on that. I would just like to be consistent. It will probably take a high to mid 5.70 to get in the show. When you have guys like Doug Gordon, Steve Gasparrelli, Pete Swayne, John Weaver, Ed Marx, and I hear Pat Austin is going to be there this weekend, you know it is going to be tough. When you look at it, Division 7 Top Alcohol Funny Car is really tougher than a national event. I really think you are going to see an incredible bump time. I also think you are going to see sixteen plus cars trying to qualify for an eight car field. It's going to be a real barnburner, that's for sure."

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