Topeka ,KS Final Rounds Saturday, Round 15: Scott Taylor and his Exxon Superflo Ford F-150 started in the eighth position based on the inversion of the top eight in the points standings. Taylor wasted little time in moving up through the...
Topeka ,KS Final Rounds Saturday, Round 15: Scott Taylor and his Exxon Superflo Ford F-150 started in the eighth position based on the inversion of the top eight in the points standings. Taylor wasted little time in moving up through the pack and taking over the fifth position by the end of the first lap. On the next lap, Scott battled with the fourth place truck and took over that position. By the time the Exxon Superflo Ford made it to fourth, the top three competitors had pulled out a commanding lead over the rest of the field with Taylor's main competitor in the championship points standing leading the race. Over the next few laps, guided by veteran crew chief, Russ Wernimont, Taylor moved the BFGoodrich-shod Ford F-150 close to the lead pack and took over third place with two laps to go. On the final turn of the final lap, Taylor made an inside move and took over second place. The win for Evan and the second for Scott, gave Evan the championship points lead by one single point.
Saturday, Round 16: Russ and Scott made three major changes to the set-up on the Exxon Superflo Ford to start Round 16. Wanting to loosen up the truck, a front spring, rear sway bar and shorter rear-end gear change, was made. "Drivers always want more engine and more traction, but in the first race we were so hooked up that we were lifting the front tires off the ground coming off the tight corners. Now that's traction! For this race we actually made changes to loosen the truck up and take away some of the great traction provided by the BFGoodrich tires" reported Taylor. Once again Taylor started at the rear of the pack and moved to fifth place by the end of the first lap. On the next lap Taylor move to fourth and two laps later to third. On the sixth lap, Taylor flew into the lead and never looked back. The win for Taylor and second for Evan, moved Taylor back into the championship points standings by a mere three points with two more rounds of racing left.
Sunday, Round 17: Crew chief Russ Wernimont and Scott quickly made the decision Sunday morning to "install" the wet set-up on the Exxon Superflo Ford since rain had been falling most of the night and looking like it would continue all day. The points championship battle between the Goodyear-shod Chevy and Taylor's BFGoodrich-shod Ford would be decided in the final two rounds on a very slippery and muddy race truck. Advantage: Taylor, as he skillfully motored to a second-place finish compared to a fifth-place finish for Evan. Taylor took an eight-point lead going into the last race of the season.
Sunday, Round 18: Scott Taylor drove his Exxon Superflo Ford to a fifth-place finish in the final round of racing and took home the 2000 PRO-2 CORR Championship. It was not a trouble-free run, but good enough to make this his second championship in a row and fourth out of the last five seasons. While chasing the leaders on the second lap of the race, water from the radiator began pouring out of the overflow tube. By the second to the last lap all the water had poured out, but Taylor continued on and ran the last two laps with no water in the radiator or engine. At the finish line, Taylor thanked Exxon for the great products that allowed him to keep running with no water in the engine and Ford for the tough engine and truck.