Taylor Battles Chassis Setup at Chula Vista
Belvidere, IL (July 30, 2008) - Taylor Racing has been struggling, much of the year, with the chassis setup on his newly built #8 Skyjacker Suspensions BFGoodrich Tires Ford F-150 PRO-2. The team was looking forward to racing back at 'The Quarry' in Chula Vista, as a familiar track would, hopefully, get Scott Taylor and his Ford F-150 back on track.
The track at 'The Quarry' was identical to the layout from last year, with one exception, a high flying table top jump, on the front straight away; this replaced the choppy rhythm section from the original layout. This brought the high flying action closer to the fans, and lowered the lap times around the .75 mile 'Chunk of Baja.'
Friday evening qualifying saw Scott Taylor stop the clocks eighth fastest, in the twenty three truck PRO-2 field. Scott and his Chief Engineer, Russ Wernimont, were hoping for a better lap time, as the truck is still having chassis issues.
Saturday - Round 7
The PRO-2 race saw the SPEED Channel cameras all set to go, as the network would be broadcast the event, live, for the second time this year.
Scott Taylor and his #8 Skyjacker Suspensions BFGoodrich Tires Ford F-150 PRO-2 were looking to keep a good pace the first half of the race and then make the move, to the front, in the final seven laps.
When the green flag dropped, Scott realized he didn't have the forward bite needed to really run up front. Nevertheless, the Skyjacker Ford soldiered on, without any mechanical issues, to finish in seventh place.
As the crew went to work with the usual between round maintenance, Scott and Russ continued to discuss their chassis setup. The changes made between qualifying and the race helped, but more improvement is needed.
Sunday morning qualifying put Scott in a familiar position, eighth quickest.
Sunday - Round 8
The Sunday PRO racers had NBC Sports, on hand, with Bill Weber and Wally Dallenbach, for a live broadcast on network television.
Once again, when the green flag dropped on the rolling start, Scott wasn't getting hooked up to the ground like he needed. Then on lap six, the distributor broke, ending the day for the #8 Skyjacker Suspensions BFGoodrich Tires Ford F-150. Officially Scott Taylor finished twentieth.
"We had our new engine in the truck this weekend," commented Scott Taylor. "But we just could not get any bite coming out of the corners. The truck handles the bumps and jumps well, the BFGoodrich tires are not wearing out, in fact there's very little wear. the balance of the truck isn't where it needs to be. The Roush Yates engine is awesome, we just had a spot weld break, inside the distributor. I've never seen that happen before. Russ and I will keep putting our heads together to get 'this ship righted.' Hopefully, third time's a charm in Pomona."
After eight rounds of racing, Scott Taylor is eighth in the 2008 CORR PRO-2 Championship.
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