Sonoma: Dennis Taylor preview

Taylor ready to rebound in Sonoma. SONOMA, Calif. - NHRA Top Alcohol Funny Car racer Dennis Taylor is ready to bounce back from what has been a dismal first half of the season during this weekend's Division 7 Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event...

Taylor ready to rebound in Sonoma.

SONOMA, Calif. - NHRA Top Alcohol Funny Car racer Dennis Taylor is ready to bounce back from what has been a dismal first half of the season during this weekend's Division 7 Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event at the newly named Infineon Raceway (formerly Sears Point) in Sonoma, Calif. Taylor, as do many of his Division 7 competitors, feel that the new surface at Infineon will be the quickest track on the Division 7 tour.

Taylor, who runs his racing safety equipment company, Taylor Motorsport Products, in Anaheim, Calif., feels that through testing and the thorough examination he has put his car through to prepare for this event should help him bring back the success he is accustomed to.

"I think we are about out of little things we can find wrong with this car," said Taylor. "We've just about found them all. We are going to test on Thursday prior to the event. The thing we are really looking forward to is that the facility has changed so much. We've heard so many good things about the facility that we think it is going to be really, really good right off the bat."

Taylor feels that the new racing surface will hold times comparable to a national event. He looks forward to being able to put his 'good' track tune-up in the Cooner Wire Camaro.

"I think you should be able to run low 5.70's up there," commented Taylor. "Generally, at this race, the weather is a little bit cooler than it is at the national event there in July. I understand that there was a funny car that went testing there a few weeks ago and ran low .70's on a bracket day, and of course John Geyer's Pro Stocker tested a few weeks ago there also on a bracket day, and reset the track record to a 6.87. If you can do that up there on an 'off' weekend, that tells me that the track is going to be dynamite. I think this is going to be the best divisional racetrack on our schedule by far."

Taylor is also in the process of testing a new tube and liner combination this weekend.

"Most of the guys have gotten away from the beadlocks and went back to the tubes and liners," explained Taylor. "The only problem is that Goodyear quit making the tubes. So everyone was scrambling trying to get tubes. For example, Frank Manzo was buying up tubes at a ferocious rate from racers who were going out of business, and he's probably got the market cornered on the tubes. There was a real problem. A funny car racer from New York, John Vouros, decided to take the bull by the horns so to speak and develop a new single stem two stage valve stem to work with a brand new tube and assembly to put this all together. He worked awful hard at it, and came up with a very unique fix for this problem. At this point in time, I believe we are the sole distributor for that product. We deal with alcohol racers on a regular basis, so it just made sense for us to be able to handle it for them."

Qualifying will be ran on Saturday, with final eliminations to conclude the event on Sunday. Stay tuned to InsideTopAlcohol.com for the latest news in alcohol racing.

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Series NHRA
Drivers John Vouros , Frank Manzo , Dennis Taylor