Taylor Racing Takes One Win and Two Top-5 Finishes at CORR Finale
Belvidere, IL (November 7, 2007) - Taylor Racing headed to Primm, Nevada looking to take the $66,000 first prize in the Jason Baldwin Memorial Cup. Scott Taylor and his #8 Skyjacker Suspension Russ Wernimont Designs BFGoodrich Tires Ford F-150 ran a limited CORR schedule, so the team had to run the Last Chance Qualifier to make the Cup field.
The track at Las Vegas International Off-Road Raceway gave CORR competitors new challenges including a huge table top, a serious section of whoops through the infield, and a step up jump at the end of the front straightaway. The four turns on the track were all different in size, had CORR's signature banking allowing for great passing opportunities.
Friday qualifying saw the #7 Skyjacker Ford stop the clocks sixth quickest in the nineteen truck field.
Baldwin Cup Last Chance Qualifier
Scott had to finish in the top six to make the field for the $66,000 Jason Baldwin Cup.
The race saw Scott and his #8 Skyjacker Suspensions Russ Wernimont Designs BFGoodrich Tires Ford F-150 on the pole for the seventeen lap affair. Immediately he grabbed the lead. On lap five, #5 Evan Evans challenged Scott for the lead. Scott battled with Evans, but heading for the big table top, Evans grabbed the lead. Two laps later, the leader's engine expired with Taylor retaking the top spot.
The remainder of the race, Scott went unchallenged, all the way to the checkered flag.
Afterwards Scott commented, "All we had to do is finish in the top six. We ran out own race this afternoon. Our BFGoodrich tires really worked well today, and our Skyjacker engineered suspension had the truck haulin' the mail through the whoops. This extra track time could give us an advantage when we get to the Baldwin Cup tomorrow. We don't have any issues to look after, but we only have a couple of hours to get ready for the points race."
Starting from the outside of row three, Scott was racing the entire nineteen PRO-2 field. Scott held the sixth position until lap four, when he passed #38 Ampudia for the fifth spot. From that point on, the top six positions didn't change. After fifteen laps, Scott Taylor crossed the line in fifth place.
"We are still working on our chassis setup," commented Scott Taylor. "We're closer to where we need to be, our BFGoodrich tires work great in the Nevada desert."
The morning qualifying run put Scott Taylor eleventh fastest in the field of 19 PRO-2 trucks. The top eleven qualifiers were with 1.3 seconds of the pole sitter.
Jason Baldwin Memorial Cup
The winner take all event was over for Scott Taylor as the first caution flag came out on lap four. A stop in the Hot Pits found a broken brake line ending Scott's chance for the big payday.
The last race of the day was as much of a race against nature as well as the nineteen PRO-2 competitors. The Cup race took longer to complete than expected, so now daylight was at a premium. The race went off well for Scott. He carefully picked his way through the dust and limited light to finish in fifth place, right on the rear bumper of the fourth place truck of Ricky Johnson. The final lap of the race ended under caution as one truck rolled into the catch fence and two other trucks had engines expire causing minor fires.
"The last race was one of survival, commented Scott Taylor. "The dust and the lack of light made for tough racing conditions. I want to thank Skyjacker Suspensions, BFGoodrich Tires, Russ Wernimont Designs, Justice Brothers, Miller Electric, Roush Performance, and Auto Trans Design for there continued support. Without them we couldn't compete at the level that we do. The outcome of the weekend wasn't what we hoped for, but one win and two top-5s isn't too bad either. I have to thank Kevin, Woody, Jon, and Tim from Probst Motorsports, as well, who gave us added track support this weekend."