Scott Taylor wins Potowatomi Govenor's Cup at Crandon International Raceway. The fastest Pro-2 and Pro-4 in the country got together for a 10-lap shootout. The winner receives $18,000 for the win. The 2002 Potowatomi Governor's Cup had the...
Scott Taylor wins Potowatomi Govenor's Cup at Crandon International Raceway.
The fastest Pro-2 and Pro-4 in the country got together for a 10-lap shootout. The winner receives $18,000 for the win. The 2002 Potowatomi Governor's Cup had the record books rewritten. In the 8 year history of the event, Scott Taylor is the the first ever two-wheel drive winner. In fact, Scott lead wire to wire. In the process he was running the fastest lap times of the weekend.
The unique event gives the Pro-2 trucks a 10 second head start to compensate for the faster lap times of the Pro-4, four-wheel drive trucks. When the green flag dropped Taylor immediately took the lead and to the dismay of the Pro-4 drivers, proceeded to turn laps 4 seconds faster than he had all weekend. As the laps progressed the top Pro-4 driver, Johnny Greaves, was slowly making up ground. With three to go, Scott seemed to find that something extra, and Greaves never closed in on the Mobil 1, BF Goodrich Tires F-150. Scott won the Govenor's Cup with Greaves about 50 yards behind. As soon as Scott made to the Winner's Platform, he climbed on to the roof of his truck and raised both arms in victory. The 25,000 spectators immediately went wild.
For the 10 lap event Scott was presented with an $18,000 check from the Governor of Wisconsin, Scott McCallum and another $5,000 from Ford Truck Motorsports director, Mark Hansen.
During post race interviews Scott stated,
"Winning the Potowatomi Governor's Cup is the pinnacle of my 27 years of racing." When asked about the keys to his victory..."immediately after Round 7 I had my team and the BF Goodrich tire guys, put a new tire combination together. It was a gamble, but we needed that extra 10% if we were going to make history. The new combination really put our Roush engine's horsepower to the ground off the start and really hooked up in the tight corners.The two tight corners gave us fits earlier in the day. The victory is for the entire Mobil 1, BF Goodrich Tires, Ford F-150 team, we worked hard to get the truck working the right way all weekend. The earlier problems in the weekend didn't discourage anybody, we just kept working at it. All the work really paid off.
"Thanks again to my entire crew, family, and sponsors Mobil 1, BF Goodrich Tires, Ford Truck Motorsports, as well as our associate sponsors, Auto Meter, Auto Transmission Design, Boatec, Justice Brothers, KN Filters, MSD Ignition, Phil's Inc, Precision Gear, PSI Performance, Ringers Gloves, and Roush Racing."
This victory also makes the front runner for the BorgWarner Shootout for the $100,000 BorgWarner Cup, held in Crandon, Wisconsin during the Borg-Warner Championships, August 30 - September 1, 2002.
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