Late Season Adjustments Puts a Smile on Scott Taylor Belvidere, IL (August 30, 2010) - It may not show in the results, but Scott Taylor was smiling when he jumped out of his ...
Late Season Adjustments Puts a Smile on Scott Taylor
Belvidere, IL (August 30, 2010) - It may not show in the results, but Scott Taylor was smiling when he jumped out of his #8 Miller Welders AMSOIL BFGoodrich Tires Ford F-150 at the conclusion of the TORC event at Chicagoland Speedway. For most the season, the seven-time PRO champion has been fighting multiple issues with his race truck, but after a great practice session at Crandon after Bark River II, and the return of Russ Wernimont to the team, Scott Taylor is once again very comfortable with his RoushYates powered machine.
The first visit to Chicagoland Speedway in eleven years for the off-road racing world saw the TORC track crew build their best stadium style track of the season. The .8mile course was designed to run on and inside the .5mile dirt oval at Chicagoland. The combination of high speed jumps on the oval combined with a technical layout on the infield made for some of the best racing of the year.
Wednesday - Round 9
The starting grid had the #8 ATD Transmission Ford starting in the fourth row. The rolling start saw the field get off to a clean start as the track had plenty of places for passing. It seemed like there were battles for position throughout the twelve truck field.
Scott Taylor and Dan Vanden Heuvel were door to door for most of the first half of the eighteen lap feature. Just before the mandatory yellow, as the two PRO-2 veterans were battling for position, the two came together as they were flying over the infield tabletop jump. The end result saw Taylor spin out when he landed, and Vanden Heuvel ripping the right front suspension of his truck. By the time Scott had the truck pointed in the right direction, the rest of the field had gone by.
When the mandatory yellow came out on lap nine, truck engineer Russ Wernimont was on the radio getting Scott to catch his breath and focus on the job at hand. The second half of the race had the #8 Miller Welders Ford running clean and fast. The end result was an eighth place finish.
"Our results didn't show how good this truck was working tonight," remarked Scott Taylor. "I'm comfortable with every aspect of the truck, we will just have go and get what we missed tonight, tomorrow."
Thursday - Round 10
The starting grid saw Scott starting again in the fourth row. Once again he and Dan Vanden Heuvel were battling it out for position when the two came together again. This time Scott relied on his BFGoodrich tires to get the inside position coming out of the tight 180 degree infield turn to take the sixth spot away from Vanden Heuvel.
Once the pass was complete, so was much of the drama in the race for Scott Taylor. The last three laps saw the #8 Ford making up some ground on the fifth place truck of McGrath, but the laps ran out before a serious challenge could be made.
A smiling Scott Taylor climbed out of his truck afterwards and commented.
"We had a better night, but most of all this truck is working better that it has in along while. This week has really boosted our team. When we get to Crandon, I know the rest of the competition knows we're ready to get back on top."
The final race weekend of the 2010 Traxxas TORC Series presented by AMSOIL will be September 4-5 in Crandon, Wisconsin.
Don't forget you can watch all the season's archived race action and well as live racing from Crandon @ www.usacracing.com.
The first of twenty-six TORC Reality episodes will be broadcast on DISCOVERY Channel HD Theater, the evening of September 2, 2010.