Dennis Taylor Bakersfield wrapup

Taylor scores runner-up in Bakersfield   BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - NHRA Top Alcohol Funny Car driver Dennis Taylor just missed picking up the win with a runner-up finish at this past weekend's Division 7 Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event at Famoso...

Taylor scores runner-up in Bakersfield   BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - NHRA Top Alcohol Funny Car driver Dennis Taylor just missed picking up the win with a runner-up finish at this past weekend's Division 7 Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event at Famoso Raceway in Bakersfield, Calif.  Taylor redlighted in his Plumbing Concepts backed Camaro, giving Jon Capps the automatic win.   Taylor, who runs his racing safety equipment company, Taylor Motorsports Products, in Anaheim, Calif., qualified No. 2 with a 5.787 second time at 245.03 mph.  In round one, he defeated Hannes Warnhart with a 5.790 at 246.17 mph, and then took out Robert Lee in the semifinals with a 5.782 at 244.36 mph.   In the final, Taylor would square off with Capps, the brother of Fuel Funny Car racer Ron Capps.  Taylor turned on the redbulb with a -.031 light, and went on to run a 5.806 at 242.39 mph to Capps' 6.020 at 243.17 mph.   "With as close as it is out here in Division 7 Top Alcohol Funny Car, I decided to go in a little deeper in the final," said Taylor.  "Obviously, that was my undoing.  I went against my normal routine, and normally things don't go well when you do that.  They say if you don't redlight every now and then, you aren't trying.  It's been since 1996, so I guess I was due."   "We're pretty disappointed we didn't get the win, but it wasn't a complete loss," Taylor continued.  "We left 21 points on the table we could have gained on [Doug] Gordon, who went out in round one.  This weekend is really a testament to my Crew Chief Ora Vasquez and this crew.  We've been to five races this year and been in four finals.  We made five runs this weekend between 5.78 and 5.80, so the car was there.  The crew has a competition with the other crews; they always want to be the first car to warm up after a run.  One run they had the car ready to fire in 35 minutes.  When you have a team like that behind you and a great sponsor in Plumbing Concepts, and my great associate sponsors Valvoline, Pepsi, Mickey Thompson Tires, Metro Moulded Parts, Shaker Shirts, Ultimate Designs, Bear State Heat and Air, Adam's Polishes and Taylor Motorsport Products, it makes my job easy."   The runner-up finish moved Taylor to fourth in national standings and third in Division 7.  The next stop for the Plumbing Concepts team will be at the Division 6 event in Woodburn, Ore., June 11-13.

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Series NHRA
Drivers Ron Capps , Dennis Taylor , Jon Capps