Scott Taylor regains points series lead in Bark River, Michigan July 15, 2001 - Bark River Michigan - 2002 BOSS Snowplow Off-Road Challenge After practice on Friday and early Saturday morning saw Scott feeling very confident that his Bark...
Scott Taylor regains points series lead in Bark River, Michigan
July 15, 2001 - Bark River Michigan - 2002 BOSS Snowplow Off-Road Challenge
After practice on Friday and early Saturday morning saw Scott feeling very confident that his Bark River bad luck would end in 2002.
On Saturday round 8 started with 10 trucks on a land rush start. Scott came out of the first turn in 6th position. On the very first switchback on the natural terrain track, points leader truck of Kevin Probst stalled, which allowed Scott to move into 4th place. By the fifth lap, Scott's Bark River bad luck stuck again. He lost his power steering, which made the truck a real handful to drive. This caused Scott to drop to the back of the pack and finish 10th.
After the race, the crew found a hairline crack in the power steering pump drive pulley. The crack caused the pulley to flex and expand, which would throw the drive belt off the engine. The pulley was replaced using the pulley from the Roush prepared backup engine.
Saturday night the Taylor racing team had a meeting and made the decision to make additional changes to the sway bar, shocks and ride hide on the Mobil 1, BFGoodrich, Ford F-150.
After Sunday practice Taylor says he felt very confident of the changes they made and felt really good about Sunday's races.
Sunday morning was a better start for Taylor ending up in third position after the first turn. Taylor caught up the second place truck right away and working the entire track trying to find the best place to make a clean pass. On the fifth lap Scott was able to pass the second place truck when it got sideways. This allowed for a clean track to run down the leader. Once in second Scott charged hard to makeup the 10 second difference between first and second place. Scott pushed his Mobil 1, BFGoodrich, Ford F-150 hard to the last lap. Just as the leader, Evan Evans, entered the last turn before the finish, Scott got right on the rear bumper. Unfortunately the race ended before Scott had a chance for the lead. Scott was heard just after the race .... "Just give me one more lap and I would have had him." Scott's luck at Bark River started to improve with one more round to go.
Now only 1 point back in the championship points lead, Scott and his crew went to work checking the Mobil 1, BFGoodrich, Ford F-150 one last time to make sure everything was working perfect for round 10.
As the green flag dropped Scott was fourth in the first turn and quickly moved up to third position. Scott waited for the perfect time to make his moves on the first and second place trucks. On the second lap Scott was in the lead. Staying smooth and making every corner perfect with the BFGoodrich Tires, he brought home a 1st place win. It was a long over due victory for Scott at Bark River. Scott credits the BFGoodrich crew and tires for coming up with an excellent grooving pattern to finally beat the opposition tires at Bark River.
After 10 rounds of racing Scott Taylor is back in 1st place for the season, with only 4 rounds to go.
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